Holy Island plays a major role in new book by author

Song of the Selkie by Erica Yeoman
Song of the Selkie by Erica Yeoman

An Alnwick author has released her third novel, which is set largely in Northumberland,

Song of the Selkie is the latest book by Erica Yeoman and it has been described as a moving and gripping story by critics.

It is set mainly on Holy Island and then Edinburgh in 1822.

Kitty, an ex-smuggler and illicit whisky producer with her father in the remote Cheviot Hills, owes her freedom to local magistrate, John Armstrong.

Her storm-tossed life is heading for the rocks burdened by the birth of her child, who is also her sister.

In her search for a new identity for them both, the spirited girl challenges a society that offers them nothing.

Armstrong has plans for Kitty’s future and the book follows her challenge to his schemes. Holy Island and Edinburgh provide a vivid backcloth for the story.

Erica draws inspiration for her writing, as well as painting, from the county’s wind-swept beaches and the rugged Cheviot Hills.

Song of the Selkie follows the 2012 release, Shades of Innocence, and her debut novel, Devil’s Drove.

The book (ISBN 9781 499228267) is on sale at Barter Books, in Alnwick, Pride of Northumbria, in Amble, and WHSmith.