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 she visits us to celebrate a new and absorbing tale. The Ninth Child blends fact with fiction, history with folklore, and science with superstition, drawing together the stories of 17th Century minister Robert Kirke and Sally’s own great-grandmother.
Set on the banks of Loch Katrine, where a huge engineering project is underway to deliver clean water to disease-ridden Glasgow and the hills echo with explosive blasts, The Ninth Child follows Isabel Aird. When Isabel encounters a mysterious stranger who watches her every move, the foundations of her life grow increasingly less sure.