The Ninth Child

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

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2020
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Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for November 2020

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 has also emerged from the gunpowder smoke. And he is waiting too.

Inspired by the mysterious death of the seventeenth-century minister Robert Kirke and set in a pivotal era two centuries later when engineering innovation flourished but women did not, The Ninth Child blends folklore with historical realism in a spellbinding narrative.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781473696624
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 26 mm

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The Ninth Child
Didn't live up to expectation
Sadly not one I enjoyed, the premise was good, but for me fell flat, I felt things never really got going and I found the characters one dimensional. Didn... READ MORE
Demelda Penkitty
The Ninth Child
Not a fluffy faerie story but a gritty, informative recommended read.
The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson Very well researched, bringing to life and making the trials and tribulations of bringing fresh, safe water to Glasgow f... READ MORE
Eileen Barnes