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:- https://www.amazon.com/author/margaretkcook and the book is available there, on Wordery and from a number of shops; I hope to add Borders bookshops too, in time!
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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