Local author’s new book

Mhairi Pyott’s new novel presents a picture of an orphan girl’s life as she grows up and fights for her place in Victorian society.

‘Nae Mammie’s Kisses’, published by AuthorHouse, introduces readers to Maggie, a vivacious and orphaned 10-year old.

She struggles to bring herself out of poverty and find the family she’s always dreamed of.

The author, perhaps better known to folk in Monifieth as Margaret Copland, chair of Monifieth Local History Society and a volunteer at the House of Memories, hopes to draw in other history enthusiasts as her book reflects an accurate representation of growing up in Victorian Scotland.

She explained: “People are now more interested in their heritage and past. Maggie’s story reflects on many aspects of various lifestyles, social standings and happenings during her life time in Scotland.”

Mhairi Pyott was born in Brechin. She left school at the age of 16 to start training as a nurse and qualified as a Registered General Nurse, a profession she followed until retiring.

She has published several booklets, including ‘Monifieth Fact or Fiction’ and ‘Monifieth Past’.