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Some of the terrific reviews for When Shadows Fall, the latest in the bestselling Lorimer crime series set in Glasgow by Alex Gray: ‘Enthralling..no wonder the series has sold more than a million books to date..a thoroughly enjoyable read from a writer at the top of her game.’ Dundee Courier ‘Terrific! Nine stars!’ Peterborough Telegraph ‘A pacey read which fans of Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin will enjoy’ The Herald Available in hardback, ebook and audio #spherebooks
This is the birthday card we gave our son yesterday. Little did he think he would be celebrating his 20th not at uni with his friends, but at home with only his parents to party. But we had a cycle and a virtual birthday tea with his distributed family. Roll on his 21st and no lockdown .. Quotation partly attributed to John Knox: ‘Let us see how the wind blows, fair or foul, ye can trim your sails to it, all of ye, and I can ride through a storm with the best.’ But it’s also been credited to Dolly Parton.
Tonight (Wed 25 March) from 6pm! We bring the books to you! Live Q & A with bestselling author Sally Magnusson about her stunning new novel The Ninth Child, and about her writing life. DM your questions to @Johnmurrays or use #AskSallyMagnusson.
Mother’s Day on Sunday! Still time to buy her a book. These are Felix’s top recommendations for sons (and daughters) everywhere. Threads of Life by Clare Hunter is currently #Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month (a R4Book of the Week and Saltire first Book of the Year). Sally Magnusson’s brand new The Ninth Child is a spellbinding novel set in 19thC Scotland. #mothersday #sceptrebooks #tworoadsbooks
Happy Publication Day to these beauties! No event launches sadly (at least not yet) to welcome them into the reading world, so this morning I’m toasting their arrival with coffee in my garden and recommending them strongly to you! Available now from bookshops, in person or to order.
Meet Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for March. In Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle, Clare Hunter recounts the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard. A Sunday Times Bestseller. A Radio 4 Book of the Week. Winner of Saltire First Book of the Year.
From yesterdays Times Diary by Melanie Reid: Some years ago I lost both the time and patience for modern fiction. Other people’s imagined stories neither moved nor interested me. I simply didn’t care what happened next. Maybe I’d learnt the hard way that life is always, but always, stranger than fiction. For me, facts were escapism. Sally Magnusson’s classy new novel The Ninth Child, however, has snared me, because it’s set in the Trossachs at the time when the epic Loch Katrine water pipes to Glasgow were being built, a story that has always fascinated me. It features a doctor’s vulnerable wife and shadows cast by the long-dead Rev Robert Kirke and his faeries. Suffice to say I’m hooked, and I’m only on page 50. It’s wonderful and I daren’t stop. One never messes with the faeries. The Ninth Child by Sally Magnusson (Two Roads): out 19 March.
As well as talking books yesterday, we were also treated to a bit of a knitting masterclass with Esther Rutter, author of This Golden Fleece, and the woman responsible for the current office preoccupation with wool and needles. Check out the fabulous socks she’s knitting! #thisgoldenfleece #grantabooks #knitting #thewoollybrew

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