A swift pure cry

Siobhan Dowd

Great for age 12+
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 childhood friend, Declan, charming, eloquent and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and 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 by Siobhan Dowd won the Branford Boase Award in 2007. It has an age rating of 12+ years on TheBookSeekers. There are currently no reviews for this book on this site. Click on the + buttons to include your own ratings!

A swift pure cry is categorised as fiction. It was created especially for YA readers. The location Ireland are linked with this book.

Tags: Alcohol, Alcoholics, Children of alcoholics, Daughters, Fathers, Fathers and daughters, Pregnancy, Teenage and Teenage pregnancy

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