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New novel highlights Roman history in North East

By Ewan Malcolm

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A NEW novel is set to explore the Roman invasion of Scotland and will feature Aberdeenshire.

Ailish's new book will feature Aberdeenshire and the battle of Mons Graupius.
Ailish's new book will feature Aberdeenshire and the battle of Mons Graupius.

'Sisters at the Edge of the World' by Ailish Sinclair features the hill of Bennachie and the stone circles of Aberdeenshire along with cliffs and caves of Cullykhan Bay.

Having explored 16th century witch trials in 'The Mermaid and the Bear' and 18th century child kidnappings in 'Fireflies and Chocolate', Ailish has now travelled far back in time to the Iron Age and the Roman invasion of Scotland.

The story is set in 1st century CE and will explore the battle of Mons Graupius which took place between the Romans and the Caledonian tribes.

The main characters are fiercely bonded sisters according to Ailish while the stone circle which has featured in her previous books will make a return.

"I am so pleased to finally be able to bring this novel to the reading public," Ailish said.

"There were times when I thought this would never happen, having been diagnosed with two auto-immune disorders during the writing of the book.

"But, at last, after long spells of illness and several hospitalisations, years of research and copious tears, Morragh’s unique and intense story can finally fly out into the world.

Ailish trained as a dancer and taught dance for many years, before working in schools to help children with special needs.

A short stint as a housekeeper in a castle fired her already keen interest in untold stories of the past and she sat down to research and write.

She already has three more novels in the works and hopes to release them by 2023.

The new book is available on Amazon or from all good booksellers.

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