KINTORE based author Nancy Jardine launches book three in her popular Celtic Fervour series of historical novels “After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks” on Friday, March 25.
Published by Crooked Cat Publishing, based in Edinburgh, this third book is set in Celtic/ Roman Britain from AD 74 – 84. It continues Nancy’s tales of her Celtic Brigantian family who make war against the armies of the Roman Empire. The story of After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks begins in the north of England but ends right here in the Garioch area of Aberdeenshire where her characters engage in a huge battle on the foothills of Beinn Na Ciche (Bennachie).
Nancy says the plot for this third book was inspired by the advances made when Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Governor of Britannia from AD 78 – AD 84, ordered his Roman legions to tramp northwards from Yorkshire all the way up to the Garioch. Enormous numbers of Roman soldiers are known to have established temporary marching camps in Aberdeenshire, some 10,000 at Kintore and possibly three times as many at Durno before some the legions’ soldiers moved even further north to the Moray coast.
After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks is Nancy Jardine’s sixth published book since she ceased to teach at Kintore Primary School in 2011.
The second book of her Celtic Fervour Series-After Whorl: Bran Reborn- is currently in the running for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2014, the most prestigious UK prize for this genre. The short list of finalists for this award is announced in April, followed by the Award Ceremony in June at the Borders Book Festival.
The official launch of the eBook version of After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks will take place at a Facebook Launch Party on March 25th 2014.
Paperbacks are on sale at Kintore Post Office and The Peerie Pantry, Kintore.