Margaret Halliday


Margaret Halliday was born in England in 1949. She studied horticulture in Glasgow and then environmental science, in which she received a doctorate from Napier College, Edinburgh. She taught science in Edinburgh, married and had a daughter. In 1988 she moved to Istanbul to teach at Marmara University. Later she taught English in Budapest and Damascus, travelling extensively in her holidays. She embarked alone, aged 50, to India, undeterred by the onset of Multiple Sclerosis and returned for two more 6-month trips. She kept travel diaries which evolved into her first book: Prana Soup, an Indian Odyssey (pub. 2013), which describes her adventures in candid and sometimes hilarious detail. Her second book: Good Vibrations, a Story of a Single 60s Mum (pub.2015) tells the story of how she became a single mother in 1960s Scotland. She is writing a third book about her experience of being a wwoofer (WWOOF=worldwide opportunities on organic farms) in New Zealand and Scotland.

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Prana Soup: an Indian Odyssey
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,440. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
From the Himalaya to the southernmost tip of India the author's quest plunges her into a veritable 'life force' soup of tasty delights and enticing encounters. She delves into Buddhism, escapes a rail riot, survives a journey to Ladakh, resides with royalty, studies yoga in Rishikesh and meets the 'Divine Banker' in Mumbai. All of this and much, much more awaits the reader and would-be traveller.
Good Vibrations: a Story of a Single 60s Mum
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,490. Language: British English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Margaret Halliday's second book, Good Vibrations: a Story of a Single 60s Mum, tells the poignant tale of her harrowing and often hilarious experience of unmarried motherhood in pre-Abortion Act Scotland. Seventeen-year-old Margaret's Glaswegian romance results in unplanned pregnancy and heartbreak but she battles on overcoming all obstacles which will make you laugh, cry and sometimes scream.

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