Author, Columnist And Freelance Journalist
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Margaret Cook is an author, columnist, journalist, broadcaster, one-time agony aunt and moral muse. She has written columns and commentaries for several leading newspapers and magazines.
She has already written three books: A Slight and Delicate Creature (a memoir), Lords of Creation and A Bit on the Side. Her new book, her fourth, is Border Brothers: a historical novel in fifteenth century Scotland dealing with political and medical intrigue and scandal.
Fergus MacBeath has inherited from his Highland family rare skills as a healer and perhaps other esoteric knowledge. He is rescued from near-fatal injury at Soltre Abbey Hospital, and in time becomes the chief physician there, the medicus. With seeming supernatural abilities, he is regarded among the country people as a saint.
He is a maverick however and defies Church orthodoxy relating sickness to sin, using Soltre's wealth, bequeathed over centuries, for the welfare of the Borders people The lands and possessions are coveted by Church and State, who plot to seize them, but Soltre seems to be immune from their intriguing. Until - Fergus falls disastrously in love. Suddenly the defences of the sanctuary are breached as royal greed and divine paranoia conspire, unleashing savage and unholy violence. Who will survive the wreckage?