“Written with a fluent, lyrical sprightliness, this poignant novel invests tragic events with humanity and even, in places, humour” The Sunday Times
After Shell’s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with her school friend Declan.
But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and at the centre of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.
A Swift Pure Cry is published by David Fickling Books, an imprint of Random House.
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A Swift Pure Cry is available in the following translations:
German- Carlsen Verlag
French- Gallimard Jeunesse
Hungarian- People Team Publishing
Italian- Adriano Salani
Lithuanian- Gimtasis Zodis
Dutch- Van Gennep
Portuguese- Ediouro Publicacioes
UK Awards & Credits
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2007
Winner of the Bisto Book Awards 2007 (Ellis Dillon Award)
Winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2006
Shortlisted for the CBI Bisto Book of the Year 2007
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2007
Shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2007
Shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Children’s Award 2006
Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2006