Small Fish Big Fish

Small Fish Big Fish Librarian Note Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B NQH RIU Gripping Coming of Age FictionThe year is Sonny and Cher s I Got You Babe is number one on the charts the first US combat troops have ar
  • Title: Small Fish Big Fish
  • Author: P.J. McDermott
  • ISBN: 9780994307194
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Small Fish Big Fish
    Librarian Note Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B00NQH9RIU.Gripping Coming of Age FictionThe 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 BesiLibrarian Note Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN B00NQH9RIU.Gripping Coming of Age FictionThe 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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  • P.J. McDermott

    PJ lived in Ferguslie Park, the setting for his debut novel, Small Fish Big Fish, until he was fifteen At twenty one he went back to study full time at Langside College, and from there to Glasgow University, graduating Bachelor of Science.A regular on the Scottish Folk Club circuit, PJ played guitar and sang with his friends and cousins for pocket money He lived in Paisley until, at the age of twenty six, he met and married Sue, who convinced him to return with her to Australia, a move he has never regretted.In 2011, PJ discovered a talent for writing fiction and has published a number of short stories as well as his novel, Small Fish Big Fish A follow up to Small Fish, Big Fish is in the pipeline.PJ s first love is Science Fiction, and has written several books in this genre including the epic trilogy, Prosperine The Adventures of the Space Heroine Hickory Lace PJ lives with his wife, in Melbourne They have two beautiful daughters, and three seriously cheeky grandchildren.

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  • Carlisle built his book on a frequently occurring theme Coming of age of young people trying to escape the harsh life of poor neighborhoods It is probably some personal experience that sets the things in the turbulent sixties of Scotland The writing is descriptive, with a level of detail that sometimes makes the reading a bit difficult, and it takes a while to get accustomed to it.The best of the book can be extracted from one question asked by a grandfather perceiving the struggle of young Step [...]


  • If you re considering reading Small Fish, Big Fish , do it It is a high quality independent piece and reminds me why I started reviewing indie work in the first place.Carlisle s prose is passionate and authentically represents his characters, the overseas setting and the time period, and I felt deeply attached to all three Small Fish, Big Fish is thrilling coming of age tale, brilliantly told from a near omniscient third person perspective Sometimes such a thing is hard to pull off because too m [...]


  • Small Fish Big Fish is an absorbing, well crafted novel that follows Stephen as he navigates through a series of difficult obstacles placed before him There are a number of memorable characters that enter the story D, Julie, Archie, and many others, and I found that as the story moved along I became invested in the outcome of the plot and the fate of the characters.This is not a novel I would normally read, but as a testament to the great work of the author, I really became engrossed in the sto [...]


  • Small Fish, Big Fish by Jacob Carlisle is a moving, well written coming of age story set in Scotland in 1965 The plot follows Stephen McBride, a 17 year old struggling college student in a Scottish neighborhood and the various players around him friends and Stephen is facing the triumvirate of common struggles in young adulthood not much money, no job and no girlfriend Alas, he finds money on the floor at the store and meets a beautiful girl While Stephen hopes his luck will keep going, life is [...]


  • A riveting read hooked me on the first page what seems like fortune s kindly smile is a mask that conceals the beginnings of a pernicious spiral Carlisle has a way with words, lyrical and philosophical at times, meandering and gripping at others The points of view in the book wove in quite nicely and didn t make it seem disruptive On the contrary, I saw even in the story via the characters eyes.Further, the details brought out the setting time and place of the book and the socioeconomic struggl [...]


  • I loved the cover, so glad the story exceeded it This is a gritty story set in a rough neighbourhood in Scotland in 1965, with pop culture references, violence, teen angst and all the conflicts that poverty always seems to seed Great writing and deep, colourful characters that made me think of Tarantino at times There s a love interest but ultimately this is a slippery slope story of compounding choices resulting in unintended consequences Just terrific.


  • Well written tale of love and life on the wrong tracks Carlisle s story is fixed around a bunch of teenage boys and girls growing up in a small Scottish district circa 1965 There s the lead protagonist 17 year old Stephen, studying for a degree in civil engineering with a best friend named D Angelo Stephen is dating 16 year old Julie but has a one off fling with Trish, the slutty sister of Stephen s nemesis 19 year old Archie, the blond hell raiser frequently involved in petty thefts and crime w [...]


  • Author Carlisle weaves a tale of many lives and the courses they take as both major and minor decisions are made by the characters The characters are richly drawn and believable They struggle, grow, and change as the events of the novel unfold Even the worst bully has a soft side and is drawn in shades of gray I applaud Carlisle s skill bringing these people to life on the page.The setting is unique I felt like I was standing in the neighborhood taking in the decrepitude and watching the slow de [...]


  • My first impression first the creation of the bully and the victim of bullying is brilliant Next, I thoroughly enjoyed the time period and location I m old enough to remember a little of the 60s This book took me there I also grew up in an underprivileged neighbourhood This book dragged me back there too The quality of the storytelling blotted out the here and now completely Those are the aspects of this novel I want to praise highly The story itself is solid and quite intriguing It s raw and vi [...]


  • This book was a complete surprise to me Jacob Carlisle s prose is well written, detailed, and pulls the reader into the story immediately I couldn t put it down If you are looking for an excellent coming of age story, you must read this one It is realistic, rich, and compelling The characters, the historical setting, all of it was so enjoyable I highly recommend this book



  • A Stirring ReadSmall Fish Big Fish is the poignant coming of age story of protagonist Stephen McBride, a seventeen year old college student hoping to emerge from the poverty stricken Glasgow tenement district in which he and his family lives But in Stephen s case, one does not simply live in the tenement district, one is absorbed by it by its grudges, its resentments, its menaces and its affections.Like the internal contradictions of the tenement district itself, with its dark, dangerous back al [...]


  • Set 1965, this book tells the sory of seventeen year old Stephen McBride who lives with his family on a run down council estate in Glasgow Stephen becomes involved with the local bully, Archie, which sets off a chain of unwelcome events Archie is an intriguing character Complex and damaged, his relationship with Tianyi, a young Chinese girl, shows a different side to his character and gives the reader a glimpse of what might have been if he was born and raised in a different environment The char [...]


  • Review This is a rather sordid inner city tragedy, set in 1965 Glasgow The protagonist is a bright, decent, hapless seventeen year old lad named Stephen, trapped in a world too hard and dangerous for him His small, almost inadvertent moral transgression on page one leads to ever deeper and darker entanglement with the neighbourhood bully In the course of this long, sad story, he is beaten, seduced, intimidated, blackmailed and involved in crime He also falls in love, figures out whom to trust an [...]


  • Though not the usual genre I read, I was given a free copy of the book for an honest review.A coming of age story that tells of the lives of several teenagers and their struggles The many stories involved made it hard to read at first but as soon as you get the hang of the story, you ll find it hard not to relate to the characters and their difficulties just trying to make it in the big world The setting is interesting and gives you a taste of the 60 s and the lives and challenges of people duri [...]


  • This book is fantastic any way you look at it and I think it has a very wide appeal The author s writing contains the perfect blend of each element of the story Characters feel like real people and scenery pops off the pages As to the story, Stephen is the main character who is a teenager facing very typical issues You really learn to sympathize with him right away He is having a rough time but his luck seemingly turns around when he finds a lot of money He clearly struggles with how to handle i [...]


  • A well written gritty coming of age book The book is set in 1965 in a run down Scottish council estate Seventeen year old Stephen comes from a loving close knit family and hopes to escape to a better life through working hard at college He has a good friend and a girl friend he adores So why does he get involved with the local bully and crook Archie This book tells how one small incident leads to Stephen being tangled up in a web of lies and betrayal that drag him ever downwards as one thing lea [...]


  • I was intrigued by the title and decided to try this debut novel For YA readers I think this novel would be a great read It covers bullying, family ties, ideas of integrity and ethics, that most teenagers will come across at some point in their lives Set in the Glasgow region of Scotland and written form the point of view of a seventeen year old lad, who is struggling to find a comfortable place in society It highlights the tough and hard existence of some of the poorer families and the camarade [...]


  • I was intrigued by the title and decided to try this debut novel For YA readers I think this novel would be a great read It covers bullying, family ties, ideas of integrity and ethics, that most teenagers will come across at some point in their lives Set in the Glasgow region of Scotland and written form the point of view of a seventeen year old lad, who is struggling to find a comfortable place in society It highlights the tough and hard existence of some of the poorer families and the camarade [...]


  • Small fish big fish is a gripping tale of growing up in Scotland in the sixties Stephen is a good kid, seventeen and trying to make the right choices in life However, he learns the hard way that one bad decision can spiral out of control, if you let it Carlisle has created a story about friendship, first love, consequences and opportunity, which is compelling to the end The cast of characters are robust and well developed, which makes this far complex than a simple good guy versus bad guy scena [...]


  • Jacob Carlisle s Small fish Big fish, gritty coming of tale tell is a well written period piece Set in 1965 Ferguslie Park, Scotland, Carlisle has faithfully recreated the atmosphere and nostalgia of the time and place.Stephen McBride s life takes a turn down a darker road from seemingly innocent decisions Similar to the movie Crash, several lives intersect along his path In the end, Stephen has to accept responsibility for his actions and pay the price, or run from them and pay an even higher p [...]


  • Small Fish Big Fish by PJ McDermott follows the journey that seventeen year old Stephen McBride takes after finding a ten pound note Remember it is 1965 and the level of poverty in his Scottish neighbourhood is high Stephen makes some undesirable choices and hangs out with young hoods who are a negative influence in his life The author does a wonderful job of illustrating the appalling conditions of the town In some ways, the choices made by Stephen are understandable.Thank you GoodReads for the [...]


  • A coming of age story of teenager Stephen as he tries to navigate the often cruel challenges that threaten to define his future A gripping read about a good kid in less than ideal circumstances and the choices he makes I recommend Small Fish, Big Fish by Jacob Carlisle.


  • Superbly written.Scottish setting.Compelling storyline.Well developed characters.Brilliant soundtrack.Five stars.That s all you need to know, really I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.



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