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Eva Dolan

Eva Dolan

Eva Dolan is the alter ego of an Essex based copywriter.  She blogs, she writes, she talks about herself in the third person and feels vaguely uncomfortable about it.

Find her reviewing at Crime Fiction LoverCrime Factory and on Twitter.

Books by Eva Dolan

Long Way Home

A migrant worker has been burned alive in a suburban garden shed, and it soon becomes clear that the owners of the shed have something to hide. But while DS Ferreira from Peterborough’s under-funded Hate Crimes unit thinks they’ve found their killers, her boss, DI Zigic, isn’t so sure. It seems that some other people might have had good reason to see the victim dead: Andrus Tombak, slum landlord – witnesses say the two had fought; Clinton Renfrew, convicted arsonist, and EDL member; Fintan Maloney, landlord of Irish pub, Maloneys, where there’s more on offer than just the beer; and any number of local thugs who, as ’employers’, abuse cheap foreign labour.  Against a background of simmering racial tension, Ferreira and Zigic must work with both victims and villains alike.

World Rights: Harvill Secker (Random House)

Eva Dolan is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Des Dillon

Des Dillon

Des Dillon was born in Coatbridge and studied English Literature at Strathclyde University before becoming a teacher. He is a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, broadcaster, screen writer, and scriptwriter for TV, stage and radio.

Des’s books have been published in the USA, India, Russia, Sweden, in Catalan, French and Spanish and his poetry has been anthologized internationally. His 1995 novel Me and Ma Gal was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award, was included in The 100 Greatest Ever Scottish Books and won the World Book Day ‘We Are What We Read’ poll for the novel that best describes Scotland today. His play, Singin I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim gained critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005 and has toured UK and Ireland since 2007. He was Writer in Residence at Castlemilk until 2000, and currently lives in Galloway with his wife and dogs.

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

Selected Books by Des

An Experiment in Compassion
Luath, May 2011

Des Dillon - An Experiment in Compassion

An Experiment in Compassion shifts between Stevie’s life as an alcoholic and his sober life where he forges a relationship with his girlfriend and estranged son. Encompassing a myriad of characters and their stories, this book provides an emotional and intense insight into the world of alcoholism whilst exploring the themes of revenge and forgiveness.

Praise for An Experiment in Compassion

‘The writing is always truthful, immediate and powerful. It is also unadorned… He writes the way he speaks, with punchy directness and enormous brio.’ –The Scotsman

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14562690-an-experiment-in-compassion

My Epileptic Lurcher
Luath, February 2008

des dillon - my epilectic lurcher

Manny Riley is a recovering alcoholic and struggling scriptwriter with a serious anger management problem. Lately, though, things have started to change for the better. A happy marriage, a move away from Glasgow to an idyllic seaside village and the adoption of Bailey, a lurcher with epilepsy. He’ll soon find that these things only open up a whole new world of problems he’ll have to face up to. And he has to do it all without losing his temper.

Praise for My Epileptic Lurcher

Written in a vernacular style that is raw, immediate and affecting, My Epileptic Lurcher vividly evokes the vibrant, Scots-Irish storytelling tradition from which Dillon emerged
The Big Issue

A tale about the wonder of all those things that only at first glance appear to be small, this novel is a valuable and welcome reminder of the importance of that second look
The Stirling Observer

Dillon has enjoyed a great deal of success in his writing career so far, but something tells me that this book will reach more people, and touch them more deeply, than any of his works to date
The Herald

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2915794-my-epileptic-lurcher

Me and Ma Gal
Luath Press, March 2004 (new edition)

des dillon - me and my gal

A story of boyhood friendship and irrepressible vitality told with the speed of trains and the understanding of the awkwardness, significance and fragility of that time. This is a day in the life of two boys as told by one of them.

Praise for Me and Ma Gal

Winner of the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award

Included in The 100 Greatest Ever Scottish Books

Winner of the World Book Day ‘We Are What We Read’ poll for the best description of modern Scotland

If you didn’t grow up in Scotland you will enjoy this book. But if you did grow up here you will absolutely love it!
Jack McConnell, Scotland’s First Minister

A brilliant debut filled with ironic revelation
The Times

Reminded me of Twain and Kerouac … a story told with wonderful verve, immediacy and warmth
Edwin Morgan

Ripe with humour and poignant vignettes of boyhood, this is an endearing and distinctive novel
Scotland on Sunday

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7652883-me-and-ma-gal

Catherine de Courcy

Catherine de Courcy

Catherine de Courcy is an author, travel writer and historian who has published in Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the United States. She has a BA and a Diploma in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin, and an MA in history from the University of Melbourne.

Catherine is an authority on the history of zoos and has published extensively on the subject, particularly on the development of Australian zoos. She recently completed Dublin Zoo: An Illustrated History, which was described by the Independent Zoo Enthusiasts Society, UK, as ‘probably the best-ever zoo history book from these islands’.

She met her husband, John Johnson, an Australian army officer and Vietnam veteran, while working in Papua New Guinea in 1986 and moved to Melbourne with him. Together they travelled the Australian outback and wrote two desert travel books. Following John’s death in 2000, she returned to Ireland, where she works as a writer full-time.

Website: http://www.catherinedecourcy.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cathdecourcy

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

Books by Catherine

Dublin Zoo: An Illustrated History
The Collins Press, August 2009

Catherine de Corcy -   Dublin Zoo: An Illustrated History

As Dublin Zoo makes the transition from bars and cages to state-of-the-art animal habitats its story, beginning in 1831, is recorded.  The mixed fortunes of the Zoo are traced as it survived the Famine years, political trouble, economic hardship and public discomfort with wild animals kept in cages.  Dublin Zoo’s proud past is united with present and future direction as the extraordinary changes in recent years are described.

Praise for Dublin Zoo

Shines a light on the rich and varied tapestry of Dublin Zoo’s 179-year history
Sunday Business Post

Some of the more memorable and exciting moments [of Dublin Zoo’s history] are brought to life by 400 dramatic images
Irish Daily Mail

A joy to read
Irish Examiner