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The Ninth Child Sally Magnusson

The Ninth Child By Sally Magnusson

The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson

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1856, the Scottish Highlands. A spellbinding novel of a young doctor's wife, Isabel Aird, struggling to make her childless life meaningful, unaware that the sinister Robert Kirke is watching her every move when she becomes pregnant again. From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Where Memories Go and The Sealwoman's Gift.

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The Ninth Child: The new novel from the author of The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson


'AN ABSOLUTE TRIUMPH' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus

'EXTRAORDINARILY VIVID' Michelle Gallen, author of Big Girl Small Town

A spellbinding novel combining Scottish folklore with hidden history, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Sally Magnusson.

Loch Katrine waterworks, 1856. A Highland wilderness fast becoming an industrial wasteland. No place for a lady.

Isabel Aird is aghast when her husband is appointed doctor to an extraordinary waterworks being built miles from the city. But Isabel, denied the motherhood role that is expected of her by a succession of miscarriages, finds unexpected consolations in a place where she can feel the presence of her unborn children and begin to work out what her life in Victorian society is for.

The hills echo with the gunpowder blasts of hundreds of navvies tunnelling day and night to bring clean water to diseased Glasgow thirty miles away - digging so deep that there are those who worry they are disturbing the land of faery itself. Here, just inside the Highland line, the membrane between the modern world and the ancient unseen places is very thin.

With new life quickening within her again, Isabel can only wait. But a darker presence

The Ninth Child Reviews

Sally Magnusson's classy new novel The Ninth Child has snared me . . . Suffice to say I'm hooked, and I'm only on page 50. It's wonderful and I daren't stop. One never messes with the faeries. * Melanie Reid, THE TIMES *
An absolute triumph! Such a clever interweaving of history and fairytale. I loved the lively intelligent heroine and the brooding sense of menace throughout. It had me gripped right to the end * Sarah Haywood, author of THE CACTUS *
Not only did the book transport me while I read, but when I slept my dreams were extraordinarily vivid - I dreamt I was roaming in the highlands, smelling fresh air, feeling sunlight - far from my hospital bed. Few books have this impact on me. * Michelle Gallen, author of BIG GIRL SMALL TOWN *
An engaging mix of folklore and Victorian history * Sunday Times *
This eerie tale blends Scottish folklore with historical fiction * i *
Pacy and accomplished, with a supernatural chill * The Herald *
Enthralling * Scots Magazine *
Well-researched, fascinating . . . a strong sense of place . . . an accomplished piece of writing, cementing Magnusson's place, not just as one of Scotland's best-loved broadcasters, but one of Scotland's leading writers of historical fiction * Scotland on Sunday *
Entertaining, educational and thought-provoking, The Ninth Child is pacy and accomplished, with particular skill in capturing the supernatural chill attached to some of Scotland's most picturesque sights * Press Assocation *
A compassionate story of the clashing cultures of science and superstition, of male and female, rich and poor * Anne Goodwin Weekly *
A gripping plot, vivid period detail and a terrific touch of faery too * Caroline Sanderson *
A beguiling weave of fine imaginative writing and deft research into Celtic folklore and a triumph of Scottish engineering. The Ninth Child is a dramatic and magical novel told with enormous zest and wit. I am looking forward to Sally Magnusson's next fine novel. * Les Wilson Author of The Drowned and the Saved *
A very impressive piece of work, drawing on a strong sense of place and a rich seam of history and folklore for its power. * Donald Murray, author of As the Women Lay Dreaming. *
Sally Magnusson has written a brilliant tour-de-force that blends together unlikely ingredients such as engineering, the Celtic Otherworld and 19th century medicine into a memorable, riveting, page-turning story. I savoured it! * Alistair Moffat *
A very impressive piece of work, drawing on a strong sense of place and a rich seam of history and folklore for its power. * Donald Murray, author of As the Women Lay Dreaming. *

About Sally Magnusson

Bestselling author, journalist and broadcaster Sally Magnusson has written several books for adults and children, most recently her Sunday Times bestseller Where Memories Go (2014) about her mother's dementia, and The Sealwoman's Gift (2018), her acclaimed debut novel.

Sally has inherited a rich storytelling tradition from her Scottish and Icelandic forebears. The Sealwoman's Gift was a Radio 2 Book Club and ITV Zoe Ball Book Club selection, and was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year, the Paul Torday Memorial Prize, the McKitterick Prize, the Waverton Good Read Award and the HWA Debut Fiction Crown.

Sally lives outside Glasgow. Loch Katrine and the surrounding area have long been a favourite haunt.

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The Ninth Child: The new novel from the author of The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson
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