I set up Nightingale Editions with Blackbird founder Stephanie Zia. Our first title was ‘Dark Water’ by Orkney-based novelist Sara Bailey. It was our privilege to travel to Orkney to launch the novel at Highland Park Distillery as well as in London at Waterstones. You can see photographs of the Orkney launch here and here.
Setting up Nightingale taught me so much about the publishing world and it is my intention to continue to build Nightingale in the future.
“Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?”
– John Keats, from Ode to a Nightingale
A haunting and lyrical novel, ‘Dark Water’ is a psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession.
When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney to care for her father after a heart attack, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from.
Still haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, the charismatic Anastasia – who vanished during a daredevil swimming incident – Helena must navigate her way through the prisms of memory and encounter not only her ghosts but also her first love, Dylan, the only one who can help her unravel the past and find her way back to the truth of what really happened that night.
Sara Bailey’s haunting and lyrical debut, set in the beautiful Orkney Islands.
Following in the footsteps of Amy Liptrot’s Wainwright Prizewinning memoir ‘The Outrun’, Sara Bailey’s novel is set to continue to place Orkney firmly on the literary map.
The novel had an auspicious start to life when Sara Bailey met J.K.Rowling in Orkney Library at the Saturday Slaughters Book Club, on the same day that Sara signed her Nightingale contract.