Local Author Celebrates Scotland’s Book Of The Month Pick

A chilling paperback with a local setting has been chosen as Waterstone’s Scottish Book of the Month for October – just in time for Halloween.

Described as a ‘splendidly sinister’ modern-day witch story, Hare House is being prominently featured in the national retailer’s shops up and down the country and particularly in Dumfries where its paperback release will be celebrated this month at a special event in the High Street bookshop on Thursday 13th October at 6pm.

Dunscore-based author Sally Hinchcliffe, was inspired to write her spooky second novel after she moved to Dumfries and Galloway in 2008. Drawing on the region’s history of witch trials, Hare House brings the dark past to life in a contemporary tale that the Times called ‘a marvellously nasty piece of distinctly Scottish gothic’. Local residents who want to hear more about the book and how it came to be written can join its author at the Waterstones event, where she will discuss the inspiration behind it and sign copies of the special edition paperback produced by Pan Macmillan to mark its selection as Book of the Month.

Sally Hinchcliffe said, ‘I’ve been delighted to see pictures of my book appearing in Waterstones displays up and down the country – but it’s particularly important to celebrate it here. I’m thrilled to see Hare House chosen as Scottish Book of the Month and I hope it encourages more people to come and see the region for themselves. The book is immersed in the landscape and its history and folklore and I couldn’t have written it anywhere else.’


The free event will be held on Thursday 13th October 6-7pm at Waterstones bookshop on Dumfries High Street.


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