Sally Magnusson

The Ninth Child

Saturday 29th August


Join broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson for a conversation with local author Les Wilson about her latest novel, The Ninth Child. Set against the backdrop of the Victorian waterworks being built on the banks of Loch Katrine, Sally’s new book is inspired by the mysterious death of seventeenth-century minister Robert Kirke and the experiences of her own great-grandmother, and is set in a pivotal era when engineering innovation flourished but women did not.

How to watch this event

This event starts at 5:30pm on Saturday 29th August. To watch the event just visit this page at the start time and you'll be able to watch the event for free.

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About the speaker

Bestselling author, journalist and broadcaster Sally Magnusson has written several books, most recently her Sunday Times bestseller Where Memories Go (Two Roads, 2014) about her mother’s dementia, and The Sealwoman’s Gift (Two Roads, 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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