The Ninth Child
A spellbinding novel of a young doctor's wife, Isabel Aird, struggling to make her childless life meaningful, unaware that the sinister Robert Kirke is watching her every move, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Sally Magnusson.
Loch Katrine waterworks, 1856. A Highland wilderness fast becoming an industrial wasteland. No place for a lady.
But Isabel Aird, denied...more
Im still a bit stunned actually. I think this book is fantastical, magical and mystical and I love that it is set within real events and with characters of the time. The timescale is 1856 to 1859, the main setting is Loch Katrine and Loch Chon (which means dog in Gaelic) in the Trossachs. There is a huge public health scheme to provide clean water for Glasgow by building a series of aqueducts and tunnels from Loch Katrine 26 miles to a reservoir for clean water. Cholera is rife and ...more
Isobel Aird is the wife of a doctor. Unfortunately, she seems unable to carry a baby to term. She's had several miscarriages and struggles to find a sense of worth. Isobel has had eight miscarriages and with her role as a Victorian Lady trying to fit in with the social norms of her time.
Theres also an aqueduct being built to being fresh water to Glasgow from Loch Katrine. It's hoped that this will put an end to the epidemic cholera that's rife in the city. Thenstory focuses on the ...more
Isobel Aird is the wife of a doctor. Unfortunately, she seems unable to carry a baby to term. She's had several miscarriages and struggles to find a strength of worth. Isobel has had 3ight miscarriages and with her role as a victorian Lady trying to fit in with all the social norms of her time.
There's also an aqueduct being built to bring fresh water to Gkasgow from Loch Katrine. It's hoped that this will put an end to the epidemic of cholera that's rife in the city. The story ...more
Our protagonist, Isabel Arid, the wife of a doctor falls in love with a writer and an Episcopalian minister, who dies two centuries before. As you can guess, the story has elements of magical realism, which didn't always sit well with me.
The narrative jumped confusingly from one person to another, so that a lot of the time I had no idea who was narrating. The style was at times quite dense and not very readable. In all, the story pretty much vanished under the weight of these issues.
Although the descriptions were lovely and the idea an intriguing one, it was too erratic in narrator, style and storytelling to hold my attention. ...more
Isabel Aird is a doctors wife who helps patch up the construction workers while her husband is out in the field. She is also a woman coming to terms with the loss of her children she cant bring a child to term. She has lost 8 children. The story also includes the story of Queen Victoria and the time when she ...more
I loved the inclusion of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and ...more
Isabel is a poor soul who you yearn to comfort and support which makes the friendship with Kirsty both surprising, given their different social status, and welcome. As a woman I really felt that Kirsty was exactly what Isabel needed.
The land around Loch Katrine is expertly portrayed and you can feel the healing balm of the low highlands work on Isabel.
The writing style is beautiful and evokes the dark and mysterious atmosphere perfectly. The shift in narration between characters was quite confusing at times but overall gave the impression of floating above the highlands and zooming in on moments in time to tell the story. I liked this style and found the story ...more
It was published on 19th March and as I was confident that it was my kind of novel, I obtained its audiobook edition, narrated by a full cast, to listen alongside reading the eARC.
This is a fascinating work of historical fiction that was inspired by the mysterious death in 1692 of the Reverend Robert Kirke, author of The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, ...more
Dr Alexander Aird takes up a position of ministering to the workmen injured in this dangerous undertaking. He brings with him his wife, Isabel who is grieving for her eight ...more
The Ninth Child tells the story of a massive 19th century engineering project of pipes and aqueducts bringing fresh water from the Highlands into Glasgows disease ridden heart. Isabel Airds husband is appointed doctor to the engineering camp, and accompanying him takes her to a world entirely at odds with her prior life of drawing rooms ...more
It was a slow start and it took a couple of determined goes before I sank in to it but once I could see the characters and who was each giving the narrative it grabbed me (it is split prose with different perspectives and the Netgalley I received didn't have any dividing ...more
I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did. There's a lot of historical context with regard to the building of the waterworks at Loch Katrine in the 19th century and the good it would do to battle cholera. I like many parts of the story of the story between Robert Kirke and Isabel Aird. Isabel is a very sympathetic character, having gone through eight pregnancies in as many ...more