Turn of the Tide
Margaret Skea, MA 1978
A land in turmoil... old rivalries, a new religion, a young king.
An ancient feud that threatens Munro’s family, his home, even his life...
1586 is pivotal in the 150-year-old conflict between two powerful families, the Cunninghames and the Montgomeries - a conflict punctuated by murder and reprisal.
Owing allegiance to the Cunninghames, and to safeguard his family, Munro becomes a murderer.
Though he escapes the bloody aftermath, the cost is high - estrangement from the wife he sought to protect and inner turmoil, as he battles with his conscience and with divided loyalties: to age-old obligations, to his wife and children, and, most dangerous of all, to a growing friendship with the rival Montgomerie clan.
Intervening to diffuse a quarrel that flares between a Cunninghame cousin and Hugh Montgomerie, he succeeds only in antagonizing William, the arrogant and vicious Cunninghame heir.
And antagonizing William is a dangerous game to play…
Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition 2011, in which it was judged ‘outstanding’ by Jeffrey Archer, Turn of the Tide is a cinematic blend of fact and fiction - the story of a fictional family caught up in the real-life drama of the notorious ‘Ayrshire Vendetta’.
The part played by many of the main characters in historic events is documented. Munro’s part in them is not.
Published by Capercaillie Books, it is available in UK bookshops and online
An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer – Margret’s recent credits include: Overall Winner Neil Gunn 2011, Chrysalis Prize 2010, and Winchester Short Story Prize 2009.
Shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2012 and a finalist in the Historical Novel Society Short Story Competition 2012, she has also been long-listed for the Matthew Pritchard Award, the Fish Short Story and Fish One Page Prize.
Her short stories have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.