The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)


- By Sally Magnusson

The Ninth Child ★★★★★

Broadcaste­r Sally Magnusson’s latest novel, The Ninth Child, is an eerie tale blending Scottish folklore with historical fiction in a pageturnin­g read. Varying voices tell the story of a well-to-do doctor and his wife moving from a slum-ridden Victorian Glasgow to the Trossachs as a pioneering water scheme is built at Loch Katrine to serve the cholerapla­gued city. At the site that inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen The Lady of the Lake, the wife, Isabel Aird, meets a mysterious minister as she grieves a series of miscarriag­es, but her Highland housekeepe­r discovers his true nature. Entertaini­ng, educationa­l and thoughtpro­voking, The Ninth Child is pacy and accomplish­ed.

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