Title: Ninth Child, The
Authors: Magnusson, Sally
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 321
Year: 2020
Publisher: Two Roads Books
Language: English
Description: The 1850s Loch Katrine waterworks are set to solve Glasgow's fresh water woes. Enter Alexander Aird, appointed to the ambitious project to care for the many labourers undertaking the dangerous work. And accompanying the good doctor is his wife Isabel, expecting for the eighth time but yet to have a successful pregnancy. In the beautiful Trossachs Issy's spirits begin to rise, but so too do otherworldly forces ...

Anchored with a bedrock of well-drawn characters and a strong sense of place, this enthralling story weaves a fascinating blend of science and superstition with its unique combination of historic public health and engineering feats, along with Scottish myths and legends.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I highly recommend this book for the scheme. It is very absorbing, original, humorous in parts, and has kept me thinking about it."

"The characters are well-drawn and become real and likeable as they develop and change."

"The insight into the living and working conditions of the time and area are very interesting and absorbing."

"The story is compelling, whimsical, mystical, hopeful, and at times, humorous."

"I wish I'd read the Author's Note before I read the novel - I would have liked to know that many of the characters were real."

"The story of the waterworks and the need for them is fascinating and shocking in scope."

"The presentation of the impact of the Faerie world on humankind is interesting and absorbing."

"Interesting historical read."

"Wonderful language with lots of Scottish words."

"Maybe it was a bit slow to get started."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Environmental, Faction, Fantasy, Grief/loss, Historical, Medical/Health, Relationships, Science & Technology, Scotland, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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