Please note this event will now take place on Tuesday 27th October.
Long a familiar face on our TV screens, broadcaster and journalist Sally Magnusson published her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, to great acclaim in 2018. Now we are delighted to welcome her to Edinburgh to celebrate a new and absorbing tale.
The Ninth Child blends fact with fiction, folklore with historical realism in a spellbinding narrative, drawing together the stories of 17th Century minister Robert Kirke and Sally’s own great-grandmother.
After years of trying, young doctor’s wife Isabel Aird has almost given up hope of ever becoming a mother – despite being pregnant once more. She follows her husband Alexander far away from their cosseted life in the city to the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands and the banks of Loch Katrine, where a huge engineering project is underway to deliver clean water to disease-ridden Glasgow. As Isabel discovers a new kind of freedom, the hills echo with gunpowder blasts and the navvies tunnel so deep that there are those who worry they are disturbing the land of faery itself. And when she encounters a mysterious stranger, reality and superstition blur further, as he watches her every move…