Border Brothers – Places to buy

#Shoutout 16:13 on Fri 09 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

You can buy BORDER BROTHERS by Margaret Cook at many online outlets including Amazon and Wordery; at many Edinburgh bookshops, including Waterstones and Blackwells. In the Borders it can be found, inter alia, at the House of Soutra and at the wonderful Main Street Trading Bookshop in St Boswells.Border Brothers Cover It can even be bought from the Book Mark in Grantown on Spey.

On Soutra Open Days, organised by Dr Brian Moffat, Border Brothers has been on sale on site, whatever the weather. There will be more Open Days at the end of August.

Border Brothers is the story of the end of the hugely important and powerful mediaeval Abbey Hospital at Soutra in mid-fifteenth century, an event that is shrouded in mystery. If you stand on top of Soutra Moor, there are no visible ruins of the immense institution this once was; they are all underground. A suitable analogy for the record of its demise.  One can only ponder, imagine and create a story, which may or may not be near the truth. Where once stood this huge edifice, with a church that was at least as big as Jedbergh Abbey, now all is animal pasture and wind farms. The wonderful view towards the Forth and beyond however has not changed since those distant days, and if you gaze long enough at approaching storms from the north, you wonder if they are wandering ghosts of long ago.


MKRY Publishing Border Brothers in Borders Bookshops

#Shoutout 11:09 on Wed 07 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to


Being a Bookseller must be an even more precarious life than that of an indie-author. I have visited a number of web pages of fabulous-looking bookshops, only to find that they only exist in a virtual world. One in the Borders called ‘FounditatLast’ – in the back of beyond – had turned into a smithy and storage room!
Other bookshops find a way to flourish, like the fabulous Damascus Drum in Hawick and Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells. A cosy community cafe atmosphere in both is very welcoming.
I was on a pilgrimage, marketing my book ‘Border Brothers,’ set on Soutra in the Borders, so I’m getting to know my patch.
The beautiful House of Soutra Cafe – on the A68 just below Soutra Aisle – is a delightful place to stop for coffee and sticky cakes and buns. And it stocks some local books too, including mine!

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Another 100 Scotsman Walks – MKRY Publishing

#Shoutout 17:00 on Tue 06 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

For over fifteen years Robin Howie`s popular walking column appeared in The Scotsman. Very well known in Scottish hill-walking circles, his knowledge of the Scottish high tops is second to none.

His first book, 100 Scotsman Walks, published by Whittles Publishing Ltd and still in print, covered those first ten years. 

Featuring many colour photographs, his second book, Another 100 Scotsman Walks, printed in 2016 with the help of Indie Authors World, relates to the past 5 years; a collection of mostly shorter walks covering much of Scotland that will appeal to a wider range of walkers, including children and those less active. Many of these are in the Borders.

Each walk, indicated by a location map, has a guide identifying Ordnance Survey map, distance, height, terrain, start point, time and the all-important refreshment spot.

Have you completed all or some of the Munros, Corbetts, Donalds, Grahams or Marilyns? Wanting something easier and new? “Doing the Howies” will be bags of fun.

Robin’s books are available on Amazon and in Waterstones.

Border Brothers – the newest title from MKRY Publishing

#Shoutout 12:54 on Mon 05 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

Border Brothers is the most recent work published by MKRY Publishing, who now have no fewer than three titles to their name. Not bad for a family of relatively new, septuagarian authors!  We also have a brand new logo.   I will post Robin’s latest book cover on another Shoutout. Our logo reflects his name and my passion for birdwatching. Our three titles are:- A Bit on the Side, Another 100 Scotsman Walks and Border Brothers. Three totally different books under the same logo you could never hope to find. I hope you enjoy them all!    However, my reason for advertising on is that BORDER BROTHERS takes place in the Borders, namely at Soutra.

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Border Brothers – topic for Book Groups

#Shoutout 12:10 on Mon 05 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

I am looking forward to talking about my book, Border Brothers, to Reading or Book Groups, full of people who are fascinated by local history. Please contact me if you wish me to speak to your group. My contact details are found on the link:-

My webpage is:-

Amazon Author page is:-


A pilgrimage with a book to sell

#Shoutout 12:11 on Sun 04 Jun 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

There are many lovely bookshops in the Borders, all with their own particular atmosphere, and it was a pleasure to explore them. Usually I am buying, but right now I have my own book to sell.

‘Border Brothers’ is my historical novel set on Soutra near Lauder. Maybe you have heard an account of the excavations there that have uncovered secrets of the Abbey-Hospital that once stood on the top of the moor  – yes, in all the weather that is a feature up there above 1200 ft. A very advanced hospital for its time, it specialised in treating war wounds on the basis of experience gained during the Wars of Independence. It probably treated soldiers from opposing armies. Maybe that is why, in the three centuries of its existence, it was never subjected to assault as were the other Borders Abbeys.

But the big mystery is how Soutra came to such a comprehensive end in mid-fifteenth century. Now there are no romantic ruins; just grassland and wind farms. And yet, much is buried here.

My book deals with many aspects of the hospital, but the main thrust is  –  how amid the politics of the time, this terrible downfall came about.

My Author page on amazon is:-    and the book is available there, on Wordery and from a number of shops; I hope to add Borders bookshops too, in time!


History and Fiction collide in ‘Border Brothers’

#Shoutout 12:40 on Mon 22 May 2017 by MKRY Publishing   , , based in/near to

I am proud that my book ‘Border Brothers’ is my passport to becoming a member of the Borders community. I am looking forward to meeting Borders people, hopefully talking to groups about the fascinating material that came to light as I researched the background, and most particularly about the history that DIDN’T come to light! That after all inspired the fictional content. 


I hope to engage with reading groups and historical groups. Yes, I want to sell books; but much more than that, I want people to read the book. Discussions lead on to new ideas  –  inspiration for the next work of historical fiction.

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