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Barbara Henderson - Author

About the Author

Inverness-based Barbara Henderson is the author of historical novels Fir for Luck and Punch. Her energetic school visits are increasingly taking her across the length and breadth of Scotland, and sometimes beyond. As a Drama teacher, she loves to get young people on their feet as they respond to stories.

 ‘Writing is like magic,’ she says. ‘I see something in my imagination, and I try to capture it by writing it down—nothing more than black marks on white paper. Much later, young people see these black marks on white paper and suddenly they see something too, feel something of their own. I cannot think of anything more special than that.’ Barbara shares her home with three teenage children, one long-suffering husband and a scruffy Schnauzer. Her garden always ends up a wilderness, however hard she tries.

Over the years, writing has always been what she loves most: Barbara has won several national and international short story competitions and was one of three writers short-listed for the Kelpies Prize 2013 with a previous novel manuscript.

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Other books by Barbara Henderson

Scottish By Inclination

Scottish By Inclination

Author: Barbara Henderson Format: Book Release Date: 15/06/2021

'Gradually I forgot I was a foreigner.' Barbara Henderson has been Scottish by inclination for 30 years. She fell in love with Scotland and its people when she left Germany at the age of 19. Now a children's author, storyteller and teacher in the Highlands, she gives us a lively glimpse of Scotland through the eyes of an EU immigrant - from her first ceilidh to Brexit and the choppy seas of citizenship. Scottish by Inclination also celebrates the varied contributions of 30 remarkable Europeans - beer brewers, entrepreneurs, academics, artists and activists - who have chosen to call Scotland home. 'All voices matter and deserve to belong. Belonging is more than a privilege. Belonging, I am now convinced, can be a choice.'

Cooperative Education-Business Administration and Management

Cooperative Education-Business Administration and Management

Author: Barbara Henderson, Susan Grove Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2021

The Chessmen Thief

The Chessmen Thief

Author: Barbara Henderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Win. Lose. Survive. I was the boy with a plan. Now I am the boy with nothing. From the moment 12-year-old Kylan hatches a plan to escape from his Norse captors, and return to Scotland to find his mother, his life becomes a dangerous game. The precious Lewis Chessmen-which he helped carve-hold the key to his freedom, but he will need all his courage and wit to triumph against Sven Asleifsson, the cruellest Viking in the realm. One false move could cost him his life. Barbara Henderson has woven a thrilling origin story around the enduring mystery of the Lewis Chessmen, their creation in Norway, and how they ended up buried in the Hebrides before being discovered on Lewis in 1831.

The Siege of Caerlaverock

The Siege of Caerlaverock

Author: Barbara Henderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

12-year-old Ada is a laundress of little consequence but the new castle commander Brian de Berclay has his evil eye on her. Perhaps she shouldn't have secretly fed the young prisoner in the tower. But when the King of England crosses the border with an army of over 3000 strong, Ada, her friend Godfrey and all at Caerlaverock suddenly find themselves under attack, with only 60 men for protection. Soon, rocks and flaming arrows rain from the sky over Castle Caerlaverock - and Ada has a dangerous choice to make.

Black Water

Black Water

Author: Barbara Henderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Sink or swim to survive Solway's black water... Down by the coast, black water swirls and hides its secrets. Dumfries, 1792. Henry may only be twelve, but he has already begun his training in the Excise, combating smuggling like his father does. But when a large smuggling schooner is stranded nearby, the stakes are high - even with reinforcements, and the newly recruited officer, a poet called Robert Burns. Musket fire, obstructive locals, quicksand and cannonballs-it is a mission of survival. As it turns out: Henry has a crucial part to play. A Scottish smuggling novella based on real events.

Punch

Punch

Author: Barbara Henderson, Corinna Bahr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2017

Wrong place. Wrong time. A boy on the run. THE MARKET'S ON FIRE. FIRE! FIRE! THE BOY DID IT! Smoke belches out through the market entrance. And me? I turn and run. Inverness 1889. When 12-year-old Phin is accused of a terrible crime, his only option is to flee. In the unlikely company of an escaped prisoner and a group of travelling entertainers, he enters a new world of Punch and Judy shows and dancing bears. But will Phin clear his name? And what can he do when memories of a darker, more terrible crime begin to haunt him?

Frankie and Her Four Felines

Frankie and Her Four Felines

Author: Barbara Henderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2016

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