As the characters develop, the different layers of the story become apparent and it is easy to want, hope, that the vicious, wailing water horses
will get their wish.
Folklore said if a human climbed on the back of a water horse
, the horse will often dive into the water and drown its rider.
So Julia went home to Monmouthshire, finished The Water Horse
and wrote East of the Sun, a novel set in colonial India following the fortunes of young women from England going out to find husbands.
Winner gets a 37in Sony Bravia LCD TV, Blu-ray player, portable DVD player and Blu-rays of Hancock, The Tudors Season 2, Made Of Honour, Casino Royale Deluxe and The Water Horse
The riddle of how Nessie came to be in the Loch is solved in Water Horse
In 2003, full of trepidation, I posted off my first book, The Water Horse
, a fictionalised account of Jane Evans who, in 1853, ran off to nurse with Florence Nightingale in Scutari.
Robert Nelson Jacobs ("The Water Horse
," "Chocolat") wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by a Wall Street Journal article and subsequent book, The Cure, by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Geeta Anand.
Rhyl Apollo (Sat) Juno (12A) Harlech Theatre (Fri) Mold Clwyd Theatr Cymru (Fri-Wed) The Water Horse
(U) Llandudno Junction Cineworld(Sat) The Golden Compass (PG) Wrexham Odeon (Sat & Sun) Penelope (U) Llandudno Junction Cineworld (Sat) The Savages (15) Mold Clwyd Theatr Cymru (Tues-Wed) The Orphanage (15) Holyhead Ucheldre Canolfan Centre (Wed) Happy Go Lucky (15) Bangor Theatr Gwynedd (Fri) Lust, Caution (18) Wrexham Odeon (Tues) Alvin and the Chipmunks (U) Sat) Llandudno Junction Cineworld (Sat) The Oxford Murders (15) Wrexham Odeon (Wed) Ladies in Lavender (12A) Llandudno Junction Cineworld (Mon) Funny Games (18) Llandudno Junction Cineworld (Wed) Rating guide * don't bother
A colourful water horse
exhibition reveals that two species can be found off the coast of Britain.
The Water Horse
sketches a very similar relationship between the creature and the youngster, and the bitters weet resolution unabashedly goes for the tear ducts, with an obvious nod to Free Willy.
Since only a single water horse
can exist in the world at a time, great care is taken to nurture the hatchling, which Angus dubs Crusoe.
Though her debut novel, The Water Horse
, didn't make her famous, the second and most recent, East of the Sun, has sold more than half a million copies in 20 countries.