Gladfest 2021: The Ninth Child with Sally Magnusson



Gladfest 2021: The Ninth Child with Sally Magnusson

12th September - 12th September 2021

Isabel Aird is aghast when her husband is appointed doctor to an extraordinary waterworks being built miles from the city. 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. 

But Isabel 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. 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. 

‘Extraordinarily vivid.’ Michelle Gallen 

‘Wonderful.’ Melanie Reid, The Times 

‘An engaging mix of folklore and Victorian history.’ Sunday Times 

Pacy and accomplished, with a supernatural chill.’ The Herald 

‘An absolute triumph.’ Sarah Heywood 

Sally Magnusson is the eldest daughter of the Icelandic journalist and historian Magnus Magnusson and the Scottish newspaper journalist Mamie Baird. She grew up in and around Glasgow in houses that were always filled with stories: it’s probably little wonder that she ended up a newspaper reporter and then a broadcast journalist herself, delighting in fashioning other people’s experiences (and sometimes her own) into articles, programmes and non-fiction books. 

Her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, was a BBC R2 Book Club and ITV Zoe Ball Book Club pick, 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. Her bestselling memoir about her mother, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition. Out of that experience she founded the personal music for dementia charity Playlist for Life in 2013. 

Tickets for this event are priced at £5. Ticket link pending. 

As part of a new access initiative here at the Library, all our non-residential events will have one free place available. Details coming soon.

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From 2021 you will have the option to save your tickets in your Gladstone Bag! For more information see here.

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