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Shelley Day

Shelley Day

Shelley Day Sclater was born in Newcastle and lives in Edinburgh. In former lives, she has been a lawyer, an academic psychologist and a research professor, in which capacities she wrote and edited numerous articles and books on topics as diverse as surrogacy, autonomy, identity, and divorce. Shelley now mainly writes fiction and has studied Creative Writing at Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities. Shelley’s short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, on-line and in anthologies, most recently in New Writing Scotland 31.

 Shelley’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/pascalebientot

Shelley’s website: https://shelleyday.com/

Shelley is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Books by Shelley

The Confessions of Stella Moon
Contraband, July 2016

1977: A killer is released from prison and returns home to a decaying, deserted boarding house choked with weeds and foreboding. Memories of strange rituals, gruesome secrets and shame hang heavy in the air, exerting a brooding power over young Stella Moon. She is eager to restart her life, but first she must confront the ghosts of her macabre family history and her own shocking crime. Guilt, paranoia and manipulation have woven a tangled web of truth and lies. All is ambiguous. Of only one thing is she certain. Stella Moon killed her own mother.

Praise for The Confession of Stella Moon:

A truly compulsive drama of guilt, manipulation and paranoia, the narrative shifts effortlessly between otherworldly scenes, searing memories and everyday realities. Laced also with plenty of quirky humour and an irresistible 1970s ambience, this thriller is a highly original but always page-turning read.
Irish Times

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30840199-the-confession-of-stella-moon

Anja de Jager

Anja de Jager
Anja de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes in English. She draws inspiration from cases that her father, a retired police detective, worked on in the Netherlands. Anja has written a number of short stories, some of which have been shortlisted for Mslexia. She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel.

… a novel brilliantly evoking the isolation of a woman with an unbearable weight on her conscience.” – Sunday Times

A Cold Death In Amsterdam
Anja de Jager A Cold Death in Amsterdam
A Cold Death In Amsterdam introduces Lotte Meerman, a Cold Case detective still recovering from the emotional devastation of her previous investigation. A tip-off leads Lotte to an unresolved ten-year-old murder case in which her father was the lead detective. When she discovers irregularities surrounding the original investigation that make him a suspect, she decides to cover for him. She doesn’t tell her boss about the family connection and jeopardises her career by hiding evidence. Now Lotte has to find the real murderer before her acts are discovered, otherwise her father will go to jail and she will lose her job, the one thing in life she still takes pride in . . .

Published by Constable, November 2015

Anja is represented by Allan – allan@jennybrownassociates.com

Ever Dundas

Ever Dundas

Ever Dundas gained a Creative Writing Masters with Distinction from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, and she has a First Class Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Queen Margaret University. She has had several short stories and dark fairy tales published and her work has been shortlisted for awards. She is currently working on her second novel.

Website: https://bloodonforgottenwalls.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/everdundas

Ever Dundas is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Books by Ever Dundas
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Goblin
‘A captivating and capricious debut that explores with a deft hand the ‘creature world’ we all carry somewhere inside. Hops neatly and with verve between contemporary Edinburgh and wartime London of the 1940s, as seen through the eyes of a wonderfully idiosyncratic narrator who glints and gleams like a dirty gem.’ Mary Paulsen-Ellis (author of the Other Mrs Walker)

Ian McEwan’s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth in this extraordinary debut.
A novel set between the past and present with magical realist elements. Goblin is an outcast girl growing up in London during World War 2. Having been rejected by her mother, she leads a feral life with a gang of young children.

After witnessing a shocking event she increasingly takes refuge in a self-constructed but magical imaginary world. In 2011, a chance meeting and an unwanted phone call compels an elderly Goblin to return to London amidst the riots and face the ghosts of her past. Will she discover the truth buried deep in her fractured memory or retreat to the safety of near madness? In Goblin, debut novelist Dundas has constructed an utterly beguiling historical tale with an unforgettable female protagonist at its centre.

Freight, May 2017

Meaghan Delahunt

Meaghan Delahunt

Meaghan Delahunt was born in Melbourne, Australia but now lives on the East Coast of Scotland. Her first novel, In The Blue House, was published to widespread acclaim in 2002, winning a regional Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, the Saltire Award for First Novel, a Scottish Arts Council Book of the year award, and places on the Orange Prize longlist and the Christina Stead Prize shortlist. Her second novel, The Red Book (Granta, 2008), was shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award for 2008.

Meaghan was awarded a UNESCO Aschberg literature residency and Scottish Arts Council bursary in 2000 and an Asialink literature residency in 2002. In 2004 she was Writer in Residence in the Management School at St Andrews University, and she now lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling.

Meaghan’s website: http://www.meaghandelahunt.com/

Meaghan Delahunt is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Books by Meaghan

To The Island
Granta, June 2011

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He disappeared. That’s all she really knew. In search of her father Andreas, whom she has never met, Lena travels with her small son from Australia to Greece. On the island of Naxos she finds him, a wary, tormented man living in self-imposed exile and haunted by what happened to him under the rule of the Colonels in the 1960s. Slowly Lena unlocks the secrets of her father’s past, and in getting to know him begins to understand the dark realities of contemporary Greek history. To the Island is a book about the impact of larger political events on the lives of ordinary people, and how political and personal betrayals reverberate across generations, beautifully evoking the currents and cross-currents between individuals, within families and in broader society. And in Lena and Andreas’s stories, it shows how difficult it is to confront our personal and collective pasts – and the terrible consequences of being unable to do so.

Praise for To The Island

A wise and compassionate novel, beautifully written
The Times

It is a tale of recovery, of people who go through very bad things and then get better, in a limited and circumscribed way. It has more in common with a novel by Jean Rhys or Ernest Hemingway than the usual story of recovery… The writing is spare, sinewy; the mood goes from dark to a little less dark
The Financial Times

A powerful novel… There is a meditative, painterly quality to this novel, which reflect the way Delahunt, a practising Buddhist, writes and thinks
The Glasgow Herald

This is a novel of quietly intense physicality… Meaghan Delahunt explores the labyrinths of the human heart in a long awaited third novel
Scotland on Sunday

One of the things that lifts Meaghan Delahunt’s novels above the ordinary, besides her attentive and spiky prose, is her political interest… It may always be politics, or a political cause, that anchors Delahunt’s tales, but her mapping of the political onto the personal shows that she never forgets the human faces behind the banners
The Scotsman

Longlisted for the John D. Criticos Prize, London Hellenic Society

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11455072-to-the-island

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle
Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author and longstanding contributing editor to Q, whose work has also appeared in Mojo, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Elle, The Times and Sound On Sound. Over the years, he has been responsible for key magazine cover profiles of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Kate Bush, Elton John, R.E.M. and U2, amongst many others. He is also the author of The Glamour Chase – The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie (Bloomsbury 1998, reissued by Polygon, 2011), which has attained the status of a ‘classic rock biography’ (Q) since its original publication and was awarded a rare five stars in Mojo upon being republished. His second book, Man on the Run, about Paul McCartney’s tumultuous 1970s, was published in the UK by Polygon in 2013 and by Ballantine in the US in 2014. Tom is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

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James Douglas

James Douglas
James Douglas is the author of successful historical fiction novels. The Doomsday Testament is the first in a series of thrillers featuring art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair.

Books by James Douglas

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The Doomsday Testament
1937, Hitler sent an expedition to Tibet in search of the lost land of Thule.
1941, Heinrich Himmler spent a huge fortune, and sacrificed the lives of hundreds of concentration camp prisoners, to turn Wewelsburg Castle in Germany into a shrine to the SS.
Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair thought he knew his grandfather, but when he stumbles upon the old man’s lost diary he’s astonished to find that the gentle Anglican clergyman was a decorated hero who had served in the Special Air Service in World War Two. And his grandfather has one more surprise for him. Sewn in to the endpaper of the journal is a strange piece of Nazi symbolism.

This simple discovery will launch him on a breathless chase across Europe and deep into Germany’s dark past. There are some who will kill to find that which is lost, and although he doesn’t know it, Saintclair holds the key to its hiding place.

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The Isis Covenant
AD 64 – Roman centurion Marcus Domitus leads an expedition to find the mythical treasure hidden deep inside Queen Dido’s temple.
AD 1945 – In the confusion and chaos of a burning Berlin, two high-powered Nazis disappear, and so does a precious object.
AD 2009 – Two families are brutally tortured and murdered in Boston and London, the crimes linked by a single name and a shared history.

Art recovery specialist Jamie Saintclair receives a call from a Boston detective, asking for his help to investigate a brutal murder. She believes Saintclair might hold the key to solving the crime through his detailed knowledge of specialist Nazi units. But as they delve deeper into the sinister world of the occult, they uncover a dark secret that men have lusted over for more than two millennia. Long ago, in the ancient temple of Isis, something was stolen, and the repercussions have resonated through the centuries. Saintclair must discover the truth before the curse claims more victims, and finally catches up with him.
Corgi Books, 2012

Robert Douglas

Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas retired aged fifty-five in 1994. He intended to paint, write short stories and lie about the house watching old films. A one-off article he wrote about six weeks spent with a condemned man in Bristol prison led to him being told ‘You should write’. Three volumes of autobiography followed detailing his life as a miner, dock worker, doss-house resident, soldier, prison screw and survivor. For this debut novel he returns to the lost Glasgow of trams and tenements. He hasn’t painted for years.

Books by Robert Douglas

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Night song of the last tram: A Glasgow childhood
‘If my father had been killed in North Africa or Italy during the Second World War, I know that for the rest of my life I would have looked at the few photographs of him and mourned our lost relationship. Unfortunately, he survived and came home.’

Thus begins a wonderfully colourful and deeply poignant memoir of growing up in a ‘single end’ – one room in a Glasgow tenement – during and immediately after the Second World War. Although young Robert Douglas’s life was blighted by the cruel if sporadic presence of his father, it was equally blessed by the love of his mother, Janet. While the story of their life together is in some ways very sad, it is also filled with humorous and happy memories. Night Song of the Last Tram is a superb evocation of childhood and of a Glasgow of trams and tenements that has long since disappeared.
‘Exquisite’ – Sunday Times
His prose is direct, pacy, uncluttered … engaging, deftly written and honestly remembered’ – Herald
‘A well-written slice of social history delivered directly by an eyewitness’ – Independent on Sunday
‘Consider for instance ‘The Great Midden-raking Expedition’, the sort of thing millions of Winnie-the-Pooh fans would be familiar with if Christopher Robin had been a Glaswegian’ – Daily Mail
‘One of the most moving autobiographies ever penned by a Scottish writer’ – Daily Record
2005, Hodder

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Somewhere to Lay My Head
We left Robert a long way from home, a sixteen-year-old recruit in the RAF. Now, we follow his escape from the Forces (until National Service a few years later!), his return to Glasgow and life down the pit. Once more, Robert’s fantastic memory for people, places and anecdotes, combined with an ear for individual voices and the brilliant ability to evoke a bygone sense of community, will enchant his readers and sometimes appal them with the brutality of conditions he experienced.
Night Song of the Last Tram was one of the most moving autobiographies ever penned by a Scottish writer…Somewhere to Lay my Head takes up where that left off…Once again demonstrating an outstanding gift for evoking the atmosphere and emotions of a time gone by, this wonderfully talented storyteller takes us on a journey that he started as a boy and ended as a man’ – Daily Record
‘If Blake Morrison is the Radio 4 of family memoir, then Robert Douglas is definitely the Radio 2’  –  Sunday Herald
2006, Hodder

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At Her Majesty’s Pleasure
In his final instalment in his autobiographical trilogy, Robert Douglas takes us through the sixties and into the eighties with his memories of life as a prison officer, and, at the end of his career, as an electricity chargehand driving around the Yorkshire Dales. He tells us of his prison experiences, with anecdotes about many of the most famous criminals in British history – the Krays, the Richardsons, the Great Train Robbers, Soviet spies and many more. Told in the same endearing and fascinating voice that readers of LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT TRAM and SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD first fell in love with, this volume continues the story of Robert’s remarkable journey of self-education, introducing us to larger-than-life characters on both sides of the bars, and evoking a strong sense of social change as Britain emerged from the post-War gloom into the bright lights of the Beatles years.
‘You feel as if you are standing alongside him, scanning the prison wings for trouble’ – Herald
‘It’s a life as lived, honestly told, and worth a shelf full of self-serving political and celebrity false fronts’ – Scotsman
As emotional, funny and evocative as its predecessors, this will make you laugh, cry and buy copies for everyone youve ever known’  – Daily Record
2007, Hodder

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Whose Turn for the Stairs?
This is an utterly charming story about twelve families and their tightly knit street in 1950s Maryhill. Following the end of the war, the close rebuilds its ties and the strong sense of community and friendly neighbourhood bonds are soon back in place. There is young love for Rhea and Robert; a surprising new start for James; a change of direction for George; and all overseen by the matriarch of the street – Granny Thomson. And of course, all buoyed up by a big helping of Scottish humour and strength of spirit. Yet it is all not perfect in their world: the families have to deal with poverty, religious bigotry, racism, heartbreak, lies, violence and death. In Robert Douglas’s first novel, he recreates a time and place particular to Glasgow but to which everyone will relate.
‘An outstanding novel with a cast of characters so beautifully drawn that turning the last page feels like flitting out of 18 Dalbeattie Street’ – Daily Record
‘Pure dead brilliant, so it is… a rare old read for folk that were round and about in the Forties and Fifties’ – Edinburgh Evening News
‘Douglas’s prose is simple and charming… this novel will appeal to fans of Douglas’s previous trips down memory lane’ – Scottish Review of Books
2009, Hachette Scotland

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Staying On Past the Terminus
Glasgow 1961. It is ten years since we last visited the close at 18 Dalbeattie Street in Maryhill. The stalwarts are still there…Ella, Drena, Rhea and ‘Granny’ Thomson (86) Glasgow’s beloved trams still run on the Maryhill Road. But not for long. There will not be a tramcar left in Glasgow by the end of next year. The new tenant, Frank Galloway knows all about this – he’s a driver. The other new arrival is Ruby Baxter who impresses no one with her attitude – as Granny Thomson says “She’s no better than she ought to be, that yin!
Robert Douglas brings his usual blend of laughter and tears to this latest novel and his many fans will not be disappointed.
A lovingly nostalgic look at the mean streets of Glasgow at the dawn of the Swinging Sixties’ – Hexham Courant
2011, Hachette Scotland

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Last Dance at the Wrecker’s Ball
Robert completes his fictional trilogy of post war Glasgow with this novel set in the early 1970s. Glasgow is changing beyond all recognition and the residents of 18 Dalbeattie Street have only a short time before their tenement becomes just another memory…

Robert Douglas is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Peter Dorward

Peter-Dorward

Peter Dorward was born in St Andrews. After stints as a hop-picker, international aid-worker and pub musician, he now works as a GP and medical teacher in Edinburgh. His debut novel, Nightingale, won the inaugural Canongate Prize in 2000 and his first non-fiction work will be out with Bloomsbury in 2018.

Peter Dorward is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Books by Peter

Nightingale
Two Ravens Press, August 2007

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On the second of August 1980 at 1pm, a bomb placed under a chair in the second class waiting room of the international railway station in Bologna exploded, resulting in the deaths of eighty-five people. Despite indictments and arrests no convictions were ever secured.

Exactly a year before the bombing a young British couple disembarked at the station and walked into town. He – pale-blue eyes, white collarless shirt, baggy green army surplus trousers with anarchy and peace written on the knees, a small, almost coffin shaped case with a brass handle in his left hand. Twenty yards behind him, the woman whom, in a year or two, he will marry, then eventually abandon, to almost everyone’s relief. He is Don, she Julia. Within twenty fours she’ll leave for home – with the rest of their money. He will wander into a bar called The Nightingale and meet a labyrinthine world of extreme politics and terrorism. More than twenty years later their daughter Rosie, as naïve as her father was before her, will return to the city. Both Don and his past will follow.

Praise for The Nightingale

Nightingale is a gripping and intelligent novel… Full of authentic detail and texture, it is written with clarity and precision. Peter Dorward tells this tragic story with huge confidence and verve
Kate Pullinger

Imagine Graeme Greene in ‘entertainment’ mode, without the Catholicism. Nightingale is literate, emotionally intelligent, humane, passionate – and a page-turning read. From its level of energy and accomplishment I sense there are plenty more novels in Peter Dorward. I greatly look forward to reading them
Andrew Greig                                                             

Winner of the Canongate Prize

John Deering

John Deering
John Deering was born in Fulham in 1967. He has lived in Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Essex, Surrey, Toulouse and Edinburgh. He is the author of Team on the Run: The Inside Story of the Linda McCartney Cycling Team, Bradley Wiggins: Tour de Force and 12 Months in the Saddle, and is a regular contributor to cycling publications. He is currently working on a book about Frank Vandenbroucke, which will be published by Bloomsbury. He lives in Richmond-upon-Thames with his Giant Defy Advanced.

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