The Weathermonger

The first book in The Changes trilogy

About the Book

In a Britain returned to a medieval way of life following the “Changes”, which turned people against machines and electricity, Geoffrey, the local Weathermonger (chosen for his ability to summon rain when the farmers need it) and his sister are about to be drowned as “witches” for breaking the rules and maintaining an outboard engine. Following a thrilling escape to France (which has been unaffected by the Changes which have gripped Britain), Geoffrey and Sally return on a mission to discover the source of The Changes. This was Peter’s first children’s book.


A funny, fascinating and, at times, almost breathtaking web of adventure... A first class, really stylish story. Punch

Since the Changes began, machines have been anathema in England except somehow, to Geoffrey Tinker...ingeniously conceived and vividly personalized. Kirkus - starred review


Gollancz, UK - 1968

Little Brown, US - 1969

Puffin Books, UK - 1970

Harlow Longman, UK - 1971

Delacorte Press, US - 1986

Dell, US - 1988

Collins Voyager, UK - 2003