sat on the bank close to the water, caught up once again in the
spirit of the place. When she’d been here in late May the
yellow flags were blooming at the margins of the ditches. Today
there were little electric blue damselflies zipping about just
above the water, like fairies in Lycra. I’m 45, she thought,
the age when people begin to ask, ‘Is this all there is?’
arrives in the Somerset Levels and shuts himself away in a lonely
cottage to write about his obsession – water. He poses an
irresistible challenge for Pamela, a forceful pillar of the community.
But why is Jonathan so resistant to her blandishments - and so
Only Vinny, Pamela’s long-suffering companion, has the desire
and the sensitivity to get to the bottom of Jonathan’s strange
behaviour. But she herself is trapped by emotional blackmail.
Will Jonathan prove to be her saviour, as much as she is his?
Vinny is forced to make a difficult decision, and comes to her
own personal watershed.
Storms, fire and floods suddenly raise the stakes for everyone.
As the waters rise, emotions are also set to burst their bounds.
Profile : Maggie Makepeace
Makepeace came to writing late in life, having begun her career
as a zoologist. She had a number of jobs in scientific research
and Wildlife Trusts, the most rewarding of which was a 3-year contract
on a Scottish estuary studying the social behaviour of shelducks.
a brief time in the 70s she was a television presenter for Yorkshire
TV and London Weekend, and gradually became more interested in the
psychology of human behaviour, especially communication –
or the lack of it – and in the way that some people attempt
to control the lives of others.
in the 80s she moved back to the Westcountry, she began to write
in earnest.Her first novel was published by Random House when she
was 50, followed by 3 others.
her 5th, is inspired by the view of the Somerset Levels from her
house, the countryside about her and the influence and beauty of
water on the landscape.