The Whistable High Tide Swimming Club

Katherine May


The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club is a serialized novel in three parts – taking you through a year in the life of Deb (fraying bikini, sunglasses), Maisie (black wetsuit, swimming shoes, goggles) and the other high tide swimmers.


In this opening installment, we find Deb, newly separated from her feckless husband and struggling to start again on her own. When she begins to swim every day at Reeves Beach, she soon gathers a group of new friends around her – each of them at their own crisis point. But can Deb escape her old life, or will family ties and personal demons drag her underwater again?


The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club is a book about the power of female friendship, that never loses sight of the complicated truths behind the lives of women who – from the outside – seem to take everything in their stride. It’s also a song to the author’s home town of Whitstable, where the sea is smooth, the shingle is painful on bare feet, and the air is full of possibilities.


Women's Fiction

UK Publication

Orion / Trapeze, August 2017

US Publication

On offer

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Orion / Trapeze
French: Hachette Livre
German: HarperCollins Germany
Swedish: Lind & Co