Watershed by Maggie Makepeace

ISBN: 1 905175 248

Published: July 2006

Read an extract from the book here


‘Vinny 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?’


Jonathan 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 rude?

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.

Author Profile : Maggie Makepeace

Maggie 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.

For 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.

When 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.

Watershed 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.
















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