Small Fish Big Fish

Small Fish Big Fish : Coming of Age in Scotland

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Gripping Coming of Age Fiction

The year is 1965. Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe is number one on the charts; the first US combat troops have arrived in Vietnam, and American and Soviet astronauts are orbiting the Earth.

Seventeen-year-old Stephen McBride is struggling to find his place in this exciting world. Besieged by surging hormones, protective parents and imminent college exams, he's starting to question the existence of God and thinks some people are just plain evil.

People like Archie Stewart for instance.

Stewart has a long-standing score to settle with Stephen. His chance to get even arrives when he spots the younger boy spending money like a millionaire at the fairground. The resulting confrontation sparks a chain of events that propels Stephen unwillingly down a path of criminality and deception--one he finds increasingly difficult to leave.

Stephen must set aside his fears, choose what's important to him, and decide what sort of person he wants to become. But suddenly there's no time and no choices left.

A page-turning tale that adults and young adults alike will enjoy. Fans of Angela's Ashes, Jasper Jones, and Jimmy Barnes' Working Class Boy will love it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 435g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0994554494
  • 9780994554499
  • 1,961,237

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"What drew me in were the different layers the author weaved into the plot, ranging from philosophy, violence, immigration, and love. Small Fish Big Fish is an ambitious story, and the author does a very impressive job in tying the different elements together." K. Kumar "Carlisle's writing clearly conveys a solid sense of character, setting and time. I felt like I was really 'there' throughout the story. The plot is complex and requires attention, but Carlisle's writing make that easy. This book has multiple elements: mystery, action, romance, and excellent characterization. If you're looking for a new and different twist on the coming of age story, read this now!" PM (
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78 ratings
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3 28% (22)
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