Reviews

The Woman Under the Ground

The Woman Under the Ground is both captivating and disturbing… a must-read for readers who like to be challenged and provoked
Lucy Shiels, Edinburgh Book Review

Megan Taylor’s first short story collection is a beautiful but dark affair, exploring illness, guilt, trauma, absent mothers, ghosts… imaginary siblings, broken relationships and insects preserved behind glass. But it’s offset by some beautiful Tim Burton-esque illustrations, which accompany each story and distort the reader’s expectations. If you like short stories, you won’t want to rush with this book. Read it slowly. Treasure its characters – the wonderful, dangerous, honest creatures that they are.
Emily Cooper, LeftLion

The over-all tone of this collection is decidedly dark – so don’t come looking for sweetness and light, and happy endings; these are a little twisted, a little macabre, and frequently disturbing. While some of the stories explore the darker, hidden side of human nature – children turn out to be far from the darling little angels we fondly imagine, adults are enveloped by loss, regret and guilt – others tell of things ‘beyond’ nature – strange things that shriek in the night or squat unwelcome at the end of the bed, and wishes that might come fatally true.
 
Through all of them runs a thread of finding one’s identity, and of coming to terms with repressed emotions – maybe The Woman Under The Ground represents those buried parts of ourselves that we wouldn’t wish to share with even our nearest and dearest?
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The Lives of Ghosts

It’s a classic Taylor addition… I loved it. Liberty Fuller’s voice is strong and vibrant right from the start, and she treads a tenuous path balancing between imminent young adulthood and the childhood she can’t quite leave behind… Utterly beautiful….  [It] left me at the same time devastated, satisfied and desperately wanting more… a book to treasure and ponder over – not one however for a bright sunny day but one for a dark and gloomy evening, and all the richer for it.
Anne Brooke, Vulpes Libris

This is a book about the ghosts we all have – the events and people who haunt our memories and won’t leave us alone. Taylor’s beautiful dark prose interweaves the two timelines, skilfully revealing Libby’s story and showing how she comes to terms with the ghosts lurking in her childhood. A fascinating exploration of the way events separated by a quarter of a century can resonate with each other, The Lives of Ghosts grips from the first line to the last.
Pippa Hennessy, Leftlion

There are whole scenes that are vividly etched into my memory and passages that will haunt me for a long time, particularly in the last few chapters… Megan’s strength lies in her descriptive powers and her strong sense of empathy both of which have been finely honed in this, her third novel, to deliver a knockout blow that will leave the reader reeling in shock
Pam McIlroy

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The Dawning

Compelling, enthralling, ensnaring. Megan Taylor spins each character into life and then she makes us wait, breath held, as they unravel, as they twirl and twist before our eyes. This writing is fearless, is full of heart, is very very good.

Caroline Smailes, author of In Search of Adam, Black Boxes, Like Bees to Honey and 99 Reasons Why

Brilliantly accomplished 

Shanta Everington, the view from here

Taylor writes like a modern D H Lawrence. The quality of her rich and poetic prose wraps you round like a fur coat on a winter’s night . . . read slowly to savour it 

Anne Brooke, Vulpes Libris

The characters are all intelligently formed . . . a deliciously realistic atmosphere plus some clever plot devices

Oonagh Robinson, Nottingham Evening Post

The Dawning is one of those hungry reads: appetite whetted very early on, a tasty bit of fiction that you can’t devour fast enough . . . . a dizzy, poetic, brutal, page-turning novel 

Annie Clarkson, Bookmunch

An involving picture of a family in a tailspin 

Robin Lewis, LeftLion

The writing is taut, visual and evocative … I was so riveted by this book that I read it in one sitting 

Pam McIlroy, Guide2Nottingham

 

How We Were Lost

Taylor writes beautiful, intense prose, richly evocative and with a strong appeal to the senses that’s as vivid as it is tactile 

Nicholas Royle, Time Out

Grips all the way. 

Nottingham Evening Post

Megan Taylor writes beautifully. Her prose leaves you tingling. The narrative voice is consistently controlled, the tension is commanded and the reader clutches, fuelled by suspense. The language is poetic, evocative, with layers that are dark and rich. 

Caroline Smailes, author of In Search of Adam, Black Boxes, Like Bees to Honey and 99 Reasons Why

a dark, compelling novel, with some superficial similarities to Jill Dawson’s ‘Watch Me Disappear’ . . . The language is seductive and draws the reader into Janie’s complicated world, which features a pregnant older teenage sister, an absent mother and a neurotic aunt. As Janie’s life collides with the public drama being played out over the hunt for two missing girls, the reader is forced to reconsider the line between childhood and adulthood.

Mslexia

An exceedingly intense book [written] in rich, highly sensual prose. I read it in one sitting, staying up far too late to finish it. Utterly gripping. It comes highly recommended.

Bookbag.co.uk

Taylor has a rich prose style and strong linguistic imagination that are particularly well suited to the numerous dream and hallucination scenes…the language truly soars.
Bookmunch.co.uk

The acute handling of subject matter and Taylor’s eye for detail work to lend the reader a sense of what it means to search, to really search, for someone or something, only to find that the process of discovery is perhaps paramount to the outcome itself. One emerges with a somewhat sharpened sense of, to paraphrase Taylor, how easily it can all come apart…This book was such a joy to read – it was, unfortunately, over in one sitting!

PrickOfTheSpindle.com

How We Were Lost was placed second in the novel category of the international Yeovil Prize 2006 (Betty Bolingbroke-Kent Award).

A superior and moving novel that explores a thought provoking subject with a delicate touch. A remarkable debut. 

Margaret Graham (Yeovil Prize co-founder)

Beautiful writing, page turning tension, and the subject will grab the heart straight away. 

Katie Fforde(Yeovil Prize judge 2006)