Beware ancient coins, they’re not always what they seem – warns Dave Weaver, author of Timekeepers

When loner Jack Johnson touches an old coin he suddenly finds himself transported back to a distant and perilous past; then forwards to a dark, dystopian future where rebels struggle to overturn an ancient and ruthlessly oppressive empire.

DARTFORD, KENT – 14 February 2018 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Timekeepers by Dave Weaver, a new twist on a time travelling adventure.

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

Jack Johnson has an exceptional gift: a remarkable ability to absorb and memorise facts instantly and without effort. A lonely teenager, he has had little control over his life, having to leave behind friends and everything familiar, in the move to a new town, a new school, a new start. Jack misses his old life. He knows that his immediate future will not be easy – his astonishing memory has not always helped win him friends – but he can never have anticipated the incredible events that are about to befall him. Discovering what appears to be an ancient coin, Jack finds himself abruptly hurled back and then forward through time, by a technology and an intelligence beyond his control. Jack’s extraordinary memory, and his fascination with history, are to prove vital as he is thrown back across the centuries, to the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, then forward to the heart of a vastly powerful totalitarian state. In both past and future, manipulated by opposing factions, Jack’s life is under constant threat. He will need all his ability and courage to survive. Whom can he trust? Can he save those he cares for? Will he ever return home?

Author Dave Weaver lives in St. Albans, near the ruins of the Roman town of Verulamium. He has long been fascinated by history and his writing has often explored the relationship between reality and the popularly imagined past which invariably borders on fantasy. His first published novel, Jacey’s Kingdom, explored Dark Ages Britain as it was being imagined by a history student who lay in a coma. His latest novel Timekeepers is a dark dystopia, more science fiction than fantasy. His hero is briefly sent back in time to Roman Britain, but then forward to a future Britain which is still part of an expanded Roman Empire that now dominates the whole world. Combining time travel and alternate realities with both history and a disturbing future, Timekeepers follows in the footsteps of HG Wells’ (ironically timeless) classic The Time Machine.

Timekeepers will be available on all popular eBook platforms from 2nd March 2018, and can be pre-ordered now. It will be available in paperback on 25th May 2018.

Notes for Editors

About Dave Weaver

Dave WeaverDave Weaver, a graphic designer, was born in darkest Surrey but now lives near the ruins of the Roman town of Verulamium with his family and a cat called Trillian. He took quite a long time to begin writing, but eventually joined the local Verulam Writers’ Circle and had a number of short stories published in various anthologies and webzines. Much of his writing hovers on the shifting borders between fantasy and reality, but he also indulges a love of science fiction. His first novel, Jacey’s Kingdom, explored the uncertain times of Britain’s Dark Ages. His latest novel, Timekeepers, explores Romano Britain, but not just in the past; it is his fifth novel to be published by Elsewhen Press.