Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date Sunday 2 August
After several excellent works of non-fiction, including her memoir of her mother’s dementia Where Memories Go, Sally turned her hand to fiction. Her debut novel The Sealwoman’s Gift was a runaway success, shortlisted for several awards and a bestseller to boot.
This year she brings out a triumphant second novel The Ninth Child. A completely unexpected tale told from several viewpoints, it moves from the world of 19th century engineering through the realms of Celtic fantasy as it tells the story of the creation of Glasgow’s clean water supply, a pipeline from Loch Katrine to the cholera-infested city. Isabel Aird, the central character, is beautifully and sensitively drawn and around her Sally weaves a magical web as she moves around the Trossachs. Royalty are also involved and any novel that includes this sentence demands to be read. “Queen Victoria was as much a force of nature within the bedroom as out of it.”
Chaired by Alistair Moffat.
photo credit: Derek Prescott
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