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Esther W

Esther W

Esther W. spent much of her childhood growing up on South Ronaldsay in Orkney, where her father was convicted of physical and sexual abuse. Today, Esther has a BA in Design and lives in the West Midlands. Her website and blog is, where she charts the day to day demands of being a mother to two wonderful and very active boys while breaking the chains of her past.

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Esther W is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Books by Esther W

If Only I Had Told
Ebury Press, May 2013

When her dad was arrested and imprisoned for violently abusing his fifteen children, Esther thought her life could begin at last. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Another man was ready to take advantage of this vulnerable girl. Social services stepped in again, but this time they made things much, much worse . . .

If Only I Had Told is Esther’s personal and very brave memoir that tells the truth about Orkney’s 1991 satanic sex scandal. It is a shocking account of how two evil men and a flawed system let down not just a young girl but a whole community.


Tom Pow

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. Most recently, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (Salt Publishing) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book Awards in 2009. He has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays and a travel book about Peru.

He has held various writing posts, including that of Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Virtual Writer in Residence (Scotland’s first) for the Scottish Library Association’s Scottish Writers Project. He was the first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2001 to 2003. From 2000 to 2009, he worked for the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, latterly as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Storytelling. Tom is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University Dumfries and a part-time lecturer on Lancaster University’s distance learning Masters in Creative Writing.

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Tom Pow is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Selected Books by Tom Pow

Scabbit Isle
Corgi Children’s, January 2015

The first time Sam sees the mysterious figure of Janet she vanishes into the deserted fields beyond the town where nothing has ever been built. Sam learns that centuries before this was the place to which plague victims were banished – Scabbit Isle – a place of terror. With the help of Mr Carruthers, the old curator of the local museum, Sam gradually uncovers the horror of Janet’s story – consigned to Scabbit Isle by her cruel father and abandoned by her weak lover, Janet suffers without hope. She will continue to do so, if she can’t find someone who, for love, will risk all to enter the plague colony to release her. Janet seems to be beckoning Sam to help her and a tragedy within Sam’s own family brings Sam even closer to Janet’s fate. Janet is the same age that Sam’s twin sister Alice would have been had she not been killed in an accident. It is a loss from which Sam’s father, in particular, has never recovered. Can Sam summon up the courage to face the terrors of Scabbit Isle and, like Orpheus, venture into the underworld to bring Janet peace?

Praise for Scabbit Isle

Three strands of narrative are pleasingly woven together in this gentle and moving short novel
The School Librarian

This book is a rich and humbling experience on many levels


A Wild Adventure
Polygon, June 2014


Tom Pow’s beautiful, powerful poems examine the remarkable life of Thomas Watling. Watling was born in Dumfries in September 1762 and raised by a long-suffering maiden aunt. Convicted of forging Bank of Scotland one-guinea notes he was sentenced to fourteen years in the recently founded colony of Botany Bay in Australia. The first professional artist to arrive in the colony, Watling was seconded to its Surgeon General (and amateur naturalist) John White. His pioneer paintings of birds, animals and the landscape became some of the principal records of the earliest days of Australia. He was eventually pardoned, on 5 April 1797, and left Australia, eventually returning home to Dumfries. He died there, most likely in 1814.

Concerning the Atlas of Scotland: And Other Poems
Polygon, August 2014


Tom Pow spent six months as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh. He was so inspired by the collection that they hold and by the stories that they tell that he wrote a collection of poetry based on that experience. Published by Polygon but with input from the National Library and illustrated with details from the collection, this beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers.

Praise for Concerning the Atlas of Scotland

This beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers

In Another World
Polygon, June 2012


In one of the great defining moments in human history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas, and the effects of this depopulation and the plummeting birth-rate are being felt keenly throughout Europe, which has the fastest-declining population in the world. Tom Pow sets out to explore what this means in some of the most rapidly vanishing areas of Europe. From Spain to Russia, he uses the tools of his trade – travelogue, essay, story and poem – to make connections, not only with what he encounters in numerous dying villages, but to reflect on his own experiences of memory, identity and loss. In Another World is an open book: not an argument, but an invitation to remember, to reflect and to engage with one of the most significant social issues affecting Europe today.

Praise for In Another World

Through essays, photos, stories and poems, Pow eloquently charts the decline of Europe’s rural life
Financial Times

What could so easily have teetered towards a study weighed down by quotations and statistical analysis gleaned from his sources, is throughout a limber, engaging and enervated quest
The Scotsman


David Stubbs – Krautrock Taster

Deutsche Elektronische Musik Volume 2David Stubbs contributes extensive sleevenotes for Soul Jazz Records’ new Deutsche Electronische Musik 2 compilation, the label’s second voyage into the world of German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s. David’s authoritative study of Krautrock will be published by Faber next year.

Zannah Kearns

Zannah Kearns
Zannah took an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff university, before going on to work in the charity sector. She now lives in Berkshire with her husband and two young children.

Books by Zannah Kearns

No Use Crying

The discovery of a grandfather Niki thought had died years ago means a sudden move to London and the start of a whole new life. Niki has to learn quickly to fit in and survive in the school halls and on the tough streets. And at the same time she must come to terms with the fact that her mum has been hiding the truth.

Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Zannah Kearns is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy –

Willie Robertson

Willie Robertson
Willie Robertson grew up in Dundee. He runs a company that delivers specialist training in the oil and gas industry all over the world.

Books by Willie Robertson

On The Milk
Set in Dundee in 1962, this evocative and very funny memoir traces Willie Robertson’s experiences from his first day as a milk laddie on the back of ‘Fletcher’s Dairies’ delivery lorry, through to earning the exalted rank of journeyman deliverer; before finally leaving the warmth and comfort of the pack to creep tentatively into the big boys’ world of mods, rockers, sex, teenage rebellion and proper full time work. It’s a story which could equally be told about boys in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Birmingham, London, or any other town in Britain at the time; because it reflects all the optimism, innocence and harshness that shaped the lives of adolescent boys in working class Britain in the early sixties; when the Lone Ranger fired silver bullets and the local beat bobby gave you a hard clout around the ear when you got out of hand.
Hachette Books Scotland, 2009
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William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney, the ‘godfather of Tartan Noir’, was born in the town of Kilmarnock, the son of a former miner. He studied at Kilmarnock Academy and later at the University of Glasgow, after which he worked as an English teacher.

Acclaimed for the mixture of poeticism and grit in their portrayals of working-class Glasgow, Willie’s (as his friends called him) novels remain some of contemporary Scottish literature’s best-loved books. His first novel, Remedy is None, was published in 1966 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; his second, A Gift from Nessus, took a Scottish Arts Council publication award. The semi-autobiographical Docherty was awarded the Whitbread Novel Award in 1975 and its sequel, The Kiln (1996) won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. The Big Man, brought out in 1985, was turned into the 1990 film of the same name starring Liam Neeson and Billy Connolly. Willie was also an acclaimed poet and the author of The Longships in Harbour: Poems (1970) and Surviving the Shipwreck (1991), a book which also contained pieces of journalism, including an essay about T. S. Eliot. His short story ‘Dreaming’ (1989) was filmed by BBC Scotland in 1990 and won a BAFTA. Much of his work has been recently re-published by Canongate.

Yet Willie was possibly best known for the creation of Inspector Jack Laidlaw, the unconventional Glasgow detective who describes his favourite tipple as ‘low-grade hemlock’ and keeps his Camus and Kierkegaard locked in his desk drawer. His Laidlaw trilogy has inspired the next generation of crime writers in Scotland.

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William McIlvanney’s estate is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Selected Books by William McIlvanney

Remedy is None
Canongate, January 2014

Charlie Grant, an intense young student at Glasgow University watches his father die. Overwhelmed by the memory of this humble yet dignified death, Charlie is left to face his own fierce resentment for his adulterous mother.

Praise for Remedy is None

The finest Scottish novelist of our time


Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

William McIlvanney paints a world of harsh reality, but does so in language that is strangely beautiful and hauntingly poetic
Craig Russell


A Gift from Nessus
Canongate, January 2014

Eddie Cameron is a salesman for Rocklight Ltd., an electrical equipment firm in Glasgow, where he has been fiddling the firm’s expenses. Eddie’s life is in tatters – his wife hates him, and his violent temper has left his mistress teetering on the edge of sanity.

Praise for A Gift from Nessus

There is a sense of moral growth in A Gift from Nessus that lifts it out of the ordinary . . . almost frighteningly truthful and moving

The Times

McIlvanney is a compassionate writer and leaves an impression both of high seriousness and great charm

Sunday Telegraph


Canongate, November 2013

Tam Docherty’s youngest son, Conn, is born at the end of 1903 in a small working-class town in the west of Scotland. Tam will stop at nothing to make sure that life and the pits don’t swallow up his boy, the way it did him. Courageous and questioning, Docherty emerges as a leader of almost unshakable strength, but in a close-knit community tradition is a powerful opponent.

Praise for Doherty

Here a human history is mined with humour and a clenching sense of its sombre inequities: man’s squat but lengthening shadow in the sun

The Guardian

He has a hard muscular quality to his writing. Some of his phrases hammer against you like a collier’s pick The Times

An intense, witty and beautifully wrought novel

Daily Telegraph

Winner of the Whitbread Prize 1975


The Kiln

Canongate, January 2014

Tom Docherty was seventeen in the summer of 1955. With school behind him and a summer job at a brick works, Tom had his whole life before him. Years later, alone in a rented flat in Edinburgh and lost in memories, Tom recalls the intellectual and sexual awakening of his youth. In looking back, Tom discovers that only by understanding where he comes from can he make sense of his life as it is now.

Praise for The Kiln

A pitch-perfect blend of warm lyricism, limpid observation and excruciatingly funny comedy. It is a beguilingly brilliant portrait of the artist as an adolescent

Sunday Times

On almost every page it offers matter for reflection and the sudden stab of emotion that comes from reading something that is truly evoked or created . . . It is rare and it is wonderful


McIlvanney plumbs, in language of luminous precision, the tortured psyche of the Scottish character. It’s Greek tragedy, hilarious to boot

Mail on Sunday

The best novel yet from the finest Scottish writer of our time

Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)

Winner of the Saltire Society Book of the Year Prize



Canongate, May 2013

Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city’s shadows.

Praise for Laidlaw


Val McDermid

Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city

Denise Mina

A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind

Christopher Brookmyre

It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw. Here was a literary novelist turning his hand to the urban, contemporary crime novel and proving that the form could tackle big moral concerns and social issues

Ian Rankin

Laidlaw is a fascinating, infuriating and memorable character . . . McIlvanney probes the nature of society and the limitations of human guilt with razor sharpness


The best new character in crime fiction for years

Daily Express
A classic of the genre – a maelstrom of gangland violence, brutal sentimentality and sectarianism told in richly Gothic prose. If you only read one crime novel this year, this should be it – but you’ll undoubtedly want to read the other two books in the trilogy, which will be reissued in a couple of months’ time


Winner of the Crime Writing Association Silver Dagger


The Papers of Tony Veitch
Canongate, June 2013

Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck’s cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.

Praise for The Papers of Tony Veitch

Brilliant . . . grips like a mangling handshake

Sunday Times

The good news is that Laidlaw is back


Fiercely evocative and witty with it . . . McIlvanney renders absurd the traditional distinctions between novelists and writers of detective fiction

Literary Review

Enthralling . . . An unsual, unique rendition of a city and a society



 Strange Loyalties

Canongate, June 2013

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow’s underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as the loved brother he has lost, in a search which leads to a shattering climax.

Praise for Strange Loyalties

Sunday Times

Starts on the streets and ends up in the soul
Daily Telegraph

Told superlatively well. Laidlaw has . . . become even more heroically moving
The Times

In a class of his own

Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway
Vic Galloway is a BBC Radio broadcaster and TV presenter. For more than a decade his radio programmes have been broadcast on Radio 1, Radio Scotland and 6Music. He has presented the T in the Park coverage and other music shows and documentaries for BBC 1 & 2, and his music journalism has appeared in a number of publications, including The Times and The Herald. Vic is also a musician and member of the Fence Collective, having grown up in the village of Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife. His book on the Fence Collective – Rocket DIY – will be published by Polygon in the spring.

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Tracey Lawson

Tracey Lawson
Tracey Lawson gained a degree in Italian and French at university, and following a year teaching English in France she discovered the joys of Italy’s cuisine and lifestyle while teaching in Tuscany. Tracey has spent ten years as a news and features writer covering foreign and domestic stories for UK newspapers; she edited the Food pages of The Scotsman for eighteen months, and she is now the paper’s Deputy Features Editor. A Year in the Village of Eternity will be her first book.

Books by Tracey Lawson

A Year in the Village of Eternity
The sun-drenched village of Campodimele in the Aurunci Mountains has been called ‘the village of eternity’ by World Health Organisation scientists, after a study revealed the astonishing longevity of its inhabitants. The average life expectancy of Campodimelani men is 90, compared to the European average of 74, while women live to an average age of 86 compared to their European counterparts’ 80. Not only do the villagers live to an extraordinary age, they also enjoy healthy and active lives at an age when many people in the UK have succumbed to general infirmity or the three major plagues of Western life, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. How do they do it? Tracey Lawson spent a year in the village to find out. This book chronicles twelve months in the life of Campodimele, focusing on the seasonal cooking and eating habits that doctors believe are the key to the villagers’ unusually long lives. It includes insights from everyone from cheerful Giovanni who has lunched on minestrone for 103 years and 96-year-old Corradino who still enjoys daily rides on his pushbike, to the relative bambino of a mayor (in his forties) and the 93-year-old signora who bakes her own rosemary and olive oil bread every day – as well as a year’s worth of simple, wholesome recipes that even the busiest urbanite will be able to enjoy. A Year in the Village of Eternity is at once a sumptuously illustrated Mediterranean cookbook, a sensible and inspiring food manual and a stunning and unique travel book – a winning cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and Jamie’s Italy with a dash of You Are What You Eat.
World Rights: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: Spring 09
Tracey Lawson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –