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$26.00  $23.92
Canongate Books
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5.1 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Mick Kitson was born in South Wales, and studied English at university before launching the prolific 80s pop band, The Senators, with his brother Jim. He worked as a journalist for several years, then went on to become an English teacher. His debut novel, Sal, was the winner of the Saltire First Book Award. Mick lives in Fife, Scotland.


A rollicking historical novel set in the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution . . . Offers plenty to enjoy-- "Daily Mail"
Kitson creates a Dickensian flavour through Black Country dialogue, a strong sense of place (a smut-blackened industrial town), and colourful characterisation. Detailed descriptions of what goes on in the ring add suspense . . . Readers will love rooting for this great little fighter who easily punches above her weight . . . Compelling-- "Booklist"
A punchy historical yarn . . . [Kitson] has a fine time with Annie and the Slasher - warm, memorable creations who come punching off the page . . . Featherweight transports the reader to the tough, rapidly industrialising world of the 19th-century Black Country, with its old canals and new railways, the soot of the forges and strikes at the nail factories, via lushly detailed, rhythmical descriptions . . . A gleeful, page-flipping read . . . A rollicking tale, one you'll be glad to take a ringside seat for-- "Observer"
Annie is a lively, appealing character and there is plenty more to enjoy in Kitson's narrative-- "Sunday Times, Best New Historical Fiction"
A no-holds-barred portrait of an English town despoiled by the Industrial Revolution-- "New York Times"
A wonderful novel . . . The themes of Kitson's plot also revolve around themes of rejection, lost hope, vulnerability. But in Annie it also shows us a strong woman, way ahead of her time who decides she can also turn her hand (or fists) to pugilism-- "NB Magazine"