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Beth Underdown & Donald Smith at Edinburgh Book Festival

  • Writers Retreat Charlotte Square Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4HQ United Kingdom (map)

Founding director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Donald Smith dips back to Jacobite times for Flora McIvor, offering an antidote to the era’s novelists who could barely raise a pen to provide a decent portrayal of 17th century women. For Beth Underdown's clever debut novel, she picks the 1640s as her literary terrain to view the brutal actions of the Witchfinder General through his sister’s eyes.