Welcome to Weathervane Press, an indie fiction publisher based in Notts. All our novels and short stories can be ordered from your local bookshop. Alternatively, click the links to buy both paperbacks and eBooks online at Amazon UK.
THE WOMAN UNDER THE GROUND – Megan Taylor.
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.
THE ESPLANADE – Roberta Dewa.
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.
Cover painting © artist Kit Wade.
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.
Michael tragically died in April 2019 after a serious illness.
THE LIVES OF GHOSTS – Megan Taylor.
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 grief stricken, 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 journey into the past as she attempts to confront the secrets of the loch house, and the ghosts still waiting there.
THE DAWNING – Megan Taylor.
The first Weathervane novel by the talented Nottingham writer Megan Taylor, The Dawning is a dark domestic thriller set in a wintry Peak District.
It’s New Year’s Eve, a time for fresh beginnings – but for each member of the Haywood family, this night could mark the end.
With mother Stella battling depression and father Philip determined to escape, eleven-year-old Zachary and his teenage sister Nicola have nowhere to turn when confronted by their own worst fears.
The Dawning explores the danger that can arise even at the heart of a family over the course of one dark night.
AZTEC LOVE SONG – Marty Ross.
This turbulent thriller by Nottingham based playwright and novelist Marty Ross will set your pulse racing!
Set in the relative calm of a Glasgow suburb, this thriller explodes into life when the mysterious Melinda Carido returns to her birthplace with one thing on her mind: vengance. And her long absence in South America has taught her all she needs to know about retribution: revenge with all the violent, terrible beauty of an Aztec sacrifice.
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.
MAKE LESS STRANGERS – Steven Wilcoxson.
Set in Nottingham by local writer Steven Wilcoxson, this original novel has the capacity to both disturb and amuse the reader. With its fractured, almost cinematic structure, this witty, intelligent story cuts rapidly between characters as they tell how their lives collide in the endless happy hour of sex, self harm and substance abuse that was early noughties Nottingham’s club culture.
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