This dark and beguiling collection of short stories from Weathervane novelist Megan Taylor (The Dawning & The Lives of Ghosts) entitled The Woman Under the Ground, is now published. The paperback is in stock at Five Leaves Books, Nottingham and The Bookcase at Lowdham or you can order from any bookshop, the bookshop page on this site and elsewhere online.
Kindle and Epub Ebook versions are also available now.
Read some very positive and insightful comments on these stories from the Edinburgh Review.
Powerful and beautifully
observed, 'The Woman Under the Ground' is novelist Megan Taylor's first
collection of short stories. The writing is brooding and
mysterious with finely drawn characters, so often the victims of absence and
loss: a child taken to a neglected museum by her forsaken father; a woman
revisiting the scene of an ended affair; a couple taking a road trip to try to
reconcile the death of their daughter...
From dark adult secrets
to night visitors to the dangerous passions of small girls, these stories
explore fractured relationships and moments of self revelation with an uncanny honesty and insight.
Each story is introduced with an enchanting illustration by artist Nikki Pinder, who also designed the fabulous cover. Nikki designed the cover for Megan's first novel, How We Were Lost (Flame Books).
The Woman Under the Ground - first collection of
short stories by Weathervane author Megan
Taylor, is now published.
Pinder designed the outstanding cover and lovingly
produced a unique line drawing for each story.
A man's body is washed up on the beach of a seaside resort. There is no clue to his identity, just a room key for the Esplanade Hotel in his pocket. But Alex, who finds the body, knows who he is, and his connection with the women who would know him too, if they were asked: Megan, and Lynn.
Beyond the beach, in a room above a pub, Megan is waiting for her lover. Like so much of her life: child, home, family, he has gone missing. Years later, and far from The Esplanade where she grew up, Lynn receives a key in the post. She too has a painful past to revisit, and, like Megan, she must remember how it involves the man on the beach, and the events of a fateful night at The Esplanade.
The Esplanade is about loss of voice and identity, about the relationship between the past and the future, and the dislocation of the self that occurs when we distance ourselves from our experience.
Available in paperback and on Kindle. See Bookshop page for details.
The Esplanade is stocked by Five Leaves Books in Nottingham and The Bookcase in Lowdham.
Cover painting © artist Kit Wade. www.kit-wade.co.uk
THE DEED ROOM
Michael R D Smith
Toby Malkin, a young and talented lawyer, expects everything in life to go his way. Maria Cracolicci, a hapless secretary, has learned to expect far less. But when a set-back to Malkin's progress unleashes the full, destructive force of his ambition, Maria feels compelled to stand up to him, however dangerous this may be. She confides in attractive colleague, Tom Elliott but her stubborn tenacity puts their new friendship to the test.
Maria must expose the truth about Malkin before she is crushed like everyone else in his path but she needs to reconcile her differences with Tom to Achieve this.
Stylish, simmering and sexy, The Deed Room is a story of intrigue, murder, deception and romance. Set in Nottingham in the world of corporate law, this compelling novel builds to a dramatic and unexpected climax.
Available in paperback, Epub ebook and on Kindle. See bookshop pages for details.
Stocked by The Bookcase at Lowdham and Five Leaves Books in Nottingham.
Nottingham Evening Post article.
Extract in Nottingham Writers' Studio magazine.
The Lives of Ghosts
After her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old Liberty Fuller is left in the care of her young pregnant stepmother, Marie. Bewildered and griefstricken, Marie and Liberty travel to a remote Scottish holiday home but find themselves surrendering to the dark tensions underlying their relationship.
Unable to escape their building resentment and the eerie atmosphere of the house itself, Liberty and Marie are soon heading towards a tragedy of startling betrayal and further loss.
Twenty-five years later, Liberty's own pregnancy forces her on a jouney into the past as she attempts to confront the secrets of the loch house, and the ghosts still waiting there.
Megan Taylor's second Weathervane novel is available in paperback, Epub ebook and on Kindle. See Book Shop page for details.
27/3/12 - Megan makes the Guardian. Great article, shame about the headline.
The second novel by the talented Nottingham writer Megan Taylor was published by Weathervane Press in January 2010. A dark domestic thriller set in a wintry Peak District on New Year's Eve, The Dawning explores the danger that can arise even at the heart of a family over the course of one dark night.
Avialible in paperback, Epub Ebook and on Kindle. See the Book Shop page.
Listen to Megan reading from Chapter One on Weather-eye.
This story of a teacher in one of our toughest comprehensives is about far more than education, as the parallel narratives of Harry, the teacher, and Lewis, an excluded student on his final last chance, reveal.
Attention Deficit is a fast-paced, provocative and, at times, very funny exploration of what happens when life begins to get away from you. Buy this second novel by acclaimed Nottingham writer Nigel Pickard with free UK postage on the Book Shop page and listen to Nigel read a chapter on Weather-eye. Read the Press Release and a review by Bev Ellis on Ink Sweat and Tears.
MAKE LESS STRANGERS
Set in Nottingham by local writer writer Steven Wilcoxson, this original novel has the capacity to both disturb and amuse the reader.
Buy it now on the Book Shop page.
Listen to a recording on Weather-eye.
A turbulent, steamy thriller by debut novelist Marty Ross (BBC Radio 4) entitled
AZTEC LOVE SONG
Set in the relative calm of a Glasgow suburb, this thriller explodes into life with the unexpected arrival back in town of dark heroine Melinda Carido. As she insinuates herself into the lives of her unsuspecting victims, her mission to administer brutal revenge on those who wronged her family becomes chillingly clear.
Buy it now on the Book Shop page.
Listen to marty reading chapter one on Weather-eye.
Our first novel, 'I love Samuel Taylor,' a romantic comedy set in Nottingham was published in April 2009.
Audio extracts from some of the above are on the Weather-eye page.
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