Westerwick by George Paterson
Published by: Into Books
Publication: 16 November 2023
Magic is afoot…
When the country’s most wanted man inexplicably hands himself into the police, decades after absconding from the state mental institute, a young, but damaged lawyer is called back from his recuperation to interview him. As Thomas Leven is drawn into the complex, preternatural mind of Westerwick born serial killer Angus John MacMillan, what appeared a perfunctory task quickly proves to be anything but.
Delving deeper into the malign elements of MacMillan’s story, Thomas Leven starts to unravel, not only questioning his own faith but his sanity as he comes to the chilling realisation that true evil is all around. Set in Glasgow’s West End, and on the fictitious island of the title, Westerwick is a claustrophobic tale of the macabre, the mischievous and the malevolent, serving as both an urban gothic satire and a record of modern devilry.
“Shades of Louise Welsh and Iain Banks but it is its own beast. Brilliant.”
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“George Paterson takes you places which are uncomfortable, weird and unexpected. From first page to last the power of Westerwick compels you.”
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“George Paterson’s debut novel, The Girl, The Crow, The Writer And The Fighter (buy here) was nominated for Bloody Scotland Crime Debut Novel of the Year 2022. His new novel is already attracting a lot of interest
George is a writer, DJ and musician who, as a member of the bands White and DMP, released a number of well received albums on the Poco Alto Label. His work can be found in a number of independent feature length and short films as well as providing the musical backdrop to the London stage production of the play, ‘ISM’.
Since returning to Scotland in 2017, his focus has been split between the spoken word – his popular weekly ‘Lost in Music’ radio show – and the written, with articles appearing in a number of online publications before finding a home as a regular features writer and reviewer for INTO Creative.
In addition, he has written two screenplays and one feature length ‘coming of age’ story, serialised on INTO, called ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’.
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