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Gregor Fisher

Gregor Fisher

BAFTA award-winning Gregor Fisher first became a household name with his portrayal of Rab C Nesbitt in the multi-award-winning BBC sitcom of the same name. His extensive television career includes ten series of Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch & Wry and five series of Naked Video. He has starred in BBC dramas such as Blood Red Roses, The Tales of Para Handy and Gormenghast. His film credits include Another Time, Another Place, White Mischief and Love Actually. He has a leading role in the soon to be released remake of Whisky Galore. His numerous stage appearances range from Chekhov and Shakespeare to Pinter. His autobiography, The Boy from Nowhere, was published in 2015 and accompanied by a BBC One Scotland documentary, In Search of Gregor Fisher, which followed Fisher and ghostwriter Melanie Reid during their research for the book.

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

Books by Gregor Fisher

The Boy From Nowhere
Harper Collins, October 2015

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Growing up outside Glasgow, Gregor was fourteen he asked where he was christened and was told that he was adopted. But it wasn’t quite that simple. And so began an unfolding of truths, half-truths and polite cover-ups from his various families.

In 2014 Gregor approached Times columnist Melanie Reid to help him tell his story. Together they travelled through the mining villages of central Scotland to uncover the mystery of his birth and early life. What emerged was a story of secrets, deception, tragic accidents and early death, coldness and rejection from some, but a

Russell Findlay

Russell Findlay is a journalist on the Sunday Mail.

Books by Russell Findlay

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The Iceman: The Rise and Fall of a Crime Lord
Operation Folklore was one of Scotland’s biggest-ever criminal investigations. The police wanted Jamie Stevenson, better known (and feared) as The Iceman. They got him and drugs worth more than £61 million.

Sentenced in April this year to the longest money-laundering jail term ever seen in Scotland, justice has finally caught up with The Iceman – but not before he had completed a decade-long rise to the very top of gangland – a rise driven by strategic cunning and calculated but brutal violence. Stevenson was also suspected of gunning down ganglord Tony McGovern in a Glasgow street and a series of other notorious gangland hits. The Iceman tells a grisly history of the violence and terror used to amass his dirty millions.

An empire of drugs trafficking and money laundering that started on the streets of Glasgow. The conviction of Jamie Stevenson has laid bare the blood-soaked criminal career of Scotland’s most powerful gang boss. This is the full story of the law-breaking, the violence and the rise and fall of one of our most dangerous crime lords.
World Rights: Birlinn
Russell Findlay is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Judy Fairbairns

Judy Fairbairns

Aged just 19, Judy Fairbairns moved to Mull with her husband. During their time on the island, they turned their hand to running a farm, a hotel, a recording studio and a whale watching business – all whilst raising their five children. She now works as a writer and artist.

Judy’s website: https://judyfairbairns.co.uk/

Judy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudyFairbairns

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

Books by Judy

Island Wife
Two Roads, March 2013

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Island Wife tells the story of Judy, who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island where the sea-birds fly, the weather is always changing and whales swim in the deep. Along the way she bears five children, learns how run a rocky hill farm, a studio and the first whale watching business in the UK  – trying inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart but there is sadness and joy in how she puts them back together. Judy tells her story in a clear and unique voice, in turns funny, unforgettable and intensely moving.

Praise for Island Wife

An unflinching and hugely entertaining story of family travails and triumphs
Kirsty Wark

A sensitive, brave and honest look at a life lived in the wake of others’ needs
The Daily Mail

This is exceptional. It is beautifully written with important things to say about how we value life, our relationships and our surroundings
BBC Countrylife Magazine

First there was the romance: moving to a tiny Hebridean island with wild orchids, wilder seas and the man she loves. Judy Fairbairns dutifully looks after livestock in bleak winters, raises five children and behaves just how the world and her husband thinks she should. But then her own storm kicks in and blasts open a door to a whole new life
Sainsbury’s Magazine

This true story is one of stoicism, adventure and family in the face of adversities that threaten to wreck her dreams
The Daily Express

In this delightfully warm, frank memoir, Judy Fairbairns describes the ups and downs of life on a Scottish island estate. Full of humour and wisdom, this is also Judy’s own story, and a touching and uplifting one at that. Her vibrancy – obvious at even the most testing of times – is evident on every page
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Helen FitzGerald

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Helen FitzGerald writes teen fiction and thrillers. She’s been described as ‘a startling new talent in the edgier corner of the crime fiction scene.’ Her novels – Dead Lovely, My Last Confession, The Devil’s Staircase and Bloody Women – have been translated into numerous languages and widely praised as ‘glorious black comedy’ and ‘thinking women’s noir’.
“For quality chick-lit with a murderous twist, look no further than FitzGerald’s brand of thinking woman’s noir.” Sunday Telegraph
http://helenfitzgerald.posterous.com/
Books by Helen FitzGerald
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Amelia O’Donohue is SO NOT a Virgin (for teenagers)
Everything’s going swimmingly at school for Rachel, until she finds a newborn baby in the cupboard.
World rights (excluding UK): Sourcebooks

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Deviant
When 16-year-old Abigail’s mother dies in Scotland, Abigail discovers her father is living in California. What’s more, she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, and the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them. After struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the grave, Abigail grows close to her newfound sister. But then Becky is found dead, the accidental victim of an apparent drug overdose. As Abigail wrestles with her feelings and compiles a “Book of Remembrance” of her sister’s short life, she uncovers a horrifying global plot aimed at controlling teen behavior: one that took her sister’s and mother’s lives, with vast implications.
UK/Commonwealth: Jenny Brown Associates
Rest of world rights: Soho Press
Helen FitzGerald’s teen titles are represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

Gill Fyffe

Gill Fyffe

Gill Fyffe read English at the University of St Andrews and was awarded an MLitt with distinction for a verse biography of Rose de Beauharnais, the empress Josephine. When a contaminated blood transfusion at the birth of her daughter Lucy infected her with Hepatitis C, however, she was forced to give up her job as a teacher at Fettes College to battle first the disease and then the side-effects – including extreme photosensitivity – of the experimental drugs meant to cure her. Gill now lives in Soho.

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

LifeBlood
Freight, March 2015

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In 1988 Gill Fyffe undergoes a traumatic birth, requiring a blood transfusion. Over the following years, she struggles to raise her family, experiencing constant and extreme fatigue, at one point falling asleep at the wheel and crashing her car. When her daughter is seven she receives word from the authorities her transfusion was contaminated. She has Hepatitis C, a virus that destroys the liver. Gill is treated with Alpha Interferon. The treatment fails because it is too late. Because of the crippling side-effects, including memory loss, photosensitivity with skin that cannot tolerate sunlight, she has to resign from her job teaching in a top private school. She cannot sue, because it is too late. Financially ruined, Gill uncovers years of unheeded warnings about the safety of blood donations and a shameless official cover-up.

LifeBlood is the extraordinary, heart-breaking story of how a woman s life has been affected by one the UK’s biggest medical scandals. It s also a remarkable portrait of a family under stress, and how it comes to value what really matters. As a major inquiry is due to report after many years of delays, Gill’s story is a timely and explosive reminder of the human cost of placing profit before ethics and the establishment’s unwillingness to compensate for its mistakes.

Praise for LifeBlood

Beautifully written and deserves to win a prize
Evening Standard

The truly tragic tale of how one woman’s life has been affected by one of the UK’s biggest medical scandals… Fyffe is determined to uncover the truth
Scottish Field

This is a brave book, dominated by questions of blood after an accidental infusion of tainted blood. The book never offers facile comfort: it confronts human error, human bravery, and human incompetence
Saltire Society 

This is a story of medical incompetence, political malfeasance, financial hardship and real long-term horrible suffering. It is also one of the funniest, most buoyant, triumphant books I’ve read in ages – tragi-comedy at a very high level, delightful and admirable
Sara Maitland

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25218185-lifeblood

Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis

Born in Fife in 1975, Francis studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, after which he worked in A&E at the old Royal Edinburgh Hospital. After qualifying as a physician, Francis spent ten years travelling, during which time he visited all seven continents. A keen traveller, Francis has spent time working in India and Africa, has made several trips to the Arctic, and is reported to have crossed Eurasia and Australasia by motorcycle. He was working at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital when he decided to undertake a 15-month position as the resident doctor with the British Antarctic Survey. Empire Antartica, his account of this time, was Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted for the Costa Prize, the Ondaatje Prize, the Banff Prize and the Saltire Prize. Adventures in Human Being (2015) has won Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and first prize in the Basis of Medicine category of the BMA’s Medical Book Awards.

Gavin’s website: www.gavinfrancis.com

Gavin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavinfranc

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

Books by Gavin Francis

Adventures in Human Being

Profile Books, April 2015
In association with Wellcome Trust

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We have a lifetime’s association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.

Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human.

Both a user’s guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.

 

Praise for Adventures in Human Being

A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent
Hilary Mantel

Wonderful, subtle, unpretentious … produces a kind of complicity between the author, the reader, and the subject
John Berger

Immensely engaging
The Sunday Times

I read this book transfixed… The style is crisp and fast and the human tales irresistible. I was left with many nuggets
The Times

So enthralling and so well written that it should win its own clutch of prizes… immensely engaging and often unexpected. His achievement here is to guide readers through his special landscape with such eloquence and subtlety
Sunday Times

Grand, eloquent stuff, occasionally humorous, frequently moving and invariably informative… The end result is a thoroughly entertaining, provocative work
The Observer

Winner of the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2015

First prize in the BMA’s Medical Book Awards’ Basis of Medicine category

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25246544-adventures-in-human-being

Empire Antarctica
Vintage, November 2013
North America: Counterpoint

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Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition when he spent fourteen months as the base-camp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station on the Caird Coast of Antarctica. So remote, it is said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space Station than it is to bring someone out of Halley in winter.

Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and very little human history, but also a rare opportunity to live among emperor penguins, the only species truly at home in the Antarctic. Following the penguins throughout the year – from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness – Gavin Francis explores a world of great beauty conjured from the simplest elements, the hardship of living at 50°C below zero and the unexpected comfort that the penguin community bring.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17465723-empire-antarctica

Praise for Empire Antartica

Empire Antarctica is the embodiment of everything I admire in travel writing – a great journey, intense isolation, wide reading, vivid writing, scientific research, and something in the nature of an old-fashioned ordeal. That Gavin Francis is a medical doctor, with an important role to play in the darkness and cold at the ends of the earth, is a bonus. I loved this book
Paul Theroux

One of the best travel titles I have read in a long time. Thoughtful, lyrical, extremely well written, it’s a triumph
Conde Nast Traveller

A beautiful, profound and highly readable account of a remarkable personal adventure. Francis’s pacing is deft, his prose vivid, his research worn lightly. This is probably as close as most of us will ever get to experiencing a modern polar winter. Empire Antarctica is surely destined to become a standard, not so much of travel as of staying very still
Daily Telegraph

Francis’ best writing (and it is excellent)… is Robert Macfarlane on ice. This writing achieves the ‘quilted quality’ of silence, and through it we are brought to a new landscape of words
Literary Review

True North: Travels in Artic Europe
Polygon, April 2010

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The stark, vast beauty of the remote Arctic Europe landscape has been the focus of human exploration for thousands of years. In this striking blend of travel writing, history and mythology, Gavin Francis offers a unique portrait of the northern fringes of Europe. His journey begins in the Shetland Isles, takes him to the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and on to Lapland. Following in the footsteps of the region’s early pioneers, Francis observes how the region has adapted to the 21st century, giving an observed insight into the lives of people he encounters along the way. As with all the best travel writing, True North is an engaging, compassionate tale of self-discovery, whilst blending historical and contemporary narratives in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Robert Macfarlane.

Praise for True North

Fluent, subtle, tough and often beautiful, True North stands alongside Peter Davidson’s The Idea of North and Joanna Kavenna’s The Ice Museum as a significant recent addition to the Arctic canon
Robert Macfarlane

A great web of interconnecting sagas
The Scotsman

A deep empathy with the land and its history runs like a golden thread through every chapter of True North
The Spectator

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6086372-true-north

 

Donna Ford

Donna Ford

Donna Ford is an artist with three children, living in North Berwick.

Donna’s website: http://www.donnamford.com/

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

Books by Donna Ford

What Daddy Did

Ebury, September 2008

In this haunting and frank account, Donna Ford writes about the horrific abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her stepmother and, to a lesser extent, her father, and also about how this abuse continued even after her stepmother left the family home when she was eleven. Donna writes not just about her own traumatic childhood, but of the ill treatment meted out to her siblings and half siblings as well. Abandoned by her real mother when she was tiny, we also learn of Donna’s efforts to find the woman of whom she has only vague memories; the woman who might have made such a difference to Donna’s childhood if she had stayed…

By telling the whole story of her Edinburgh childhood, Donna tries to understand why the man who should have loved her the most – her own father – betrayed her the most by allowing men to pay to abuse her and closing his eyes to all that went on. But most astonishing of all is the woman Donna has become: a devoted mother of three and a talented artist and writer. She is living testament to the power of the human spirit and sincerely hopes that, by reading her story, people will realise that they can overcome anything, as long as they have hope.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2983372-what-daddy-did

The Step-Child

Ebury, May 2006
Written with Linda Watson-Brown

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This is the remarkable life story of Donna Ford, abused by her stepmother in Edinburgh as a young girl in the 1960s. Donna – a child not yet at school – was beaten on a regular basis, starved, threatened with red-hot pokers, and excluded from all ‘normal’ life. Afraid to even look at her own reflection for years, this beautiful child was told she was lucky to be the victim of abuse – abuse which began as physical and mental, but progressed onto the most appalling sexual attacks. The stepmother was finally sentenced for procuring a minor for sexual abuse in 2003.

This is a harrowing story, but the difference between this account, and the stories of so many others, is that this has a happy ending. Now a successful artist and mother of three, Donna is an amazing woman with an enormous enthusiasm for life and an optimism which completely belies her experiences. The years she has spent restoring both herself and her memories have now come together in this memoir which offers hope through almost unimaginable horror and truly shows the resilience of the human spirit.

Praise for The Step-Child

Shocking but profoundly moving
Daily Mail

[Donna Ford] exudes an air of personal strength, a testament to her ability to rise above circumstances that could easily have destroyed her
Sunday Times

Without a doubt, positivity is what flows from Donna Ford
Edinburgh Evening News

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1854695.The_Step_Child

 

 

Derek Flory

Derek Flory

Derek Reid Flory was born in Aberdeenshire.  He has worked in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry. Derek has contributed articles to newspapers and magazines and was editor of a number of company publications.  He has also written several plays and contributed to the creation of two award winning short films.
http://www.derekflory.com/

 

 

Book by Derek Flory

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Torn Apart: The True Story of Two Sisters Who Found Each Other After Sixty Years (Paperback)
by Sybil Le Fleur (Author), Blanche Le Fleur (Author), Derek Flory (Author)

When the Le Fleur sisters, Sybil and Blanche, were growing up in idyllic Burma in the 1920s and ‘30s, little did they realize the changes and challenges that they would face through life. With the death of first their mother and then their father, they had to cope with enormous personal tragedy, including the loss of all their family wealth. Then, when the Japanese bombed Rangoon on the 23 December 1941, Sybil was out Christmas shopping. There was no way for her to return to her sister or even to know if her sister was still alive as the death toll was very high. “Torn Apart” tells the story of Sybil’s escape from Burma, her marriage to a Scottish soldier and her subsequent life in an Aberdeenshire county town.  Meanwhile Blanche lived for over three years under Japanese occupation and had to fight for her own survival, as well as that of her family, while defying the Japanese to help the young prisoners of war she had befriended. While Sybil settled in to her new life believing that none of her family had survived, Blanche was faced with a Burma in collapse. Leaving for India in 1958, she made a new life while still thinking of and praying for her sister.

Decades later, a chance set of circumstances leads to the discovery by Sybil’s son that Blanche is alive and well and living in India, and Sybil and Blanche are finally reunited in Calcutta.

This is the moving and inspirational story of how two sisters separated when the Japanese bombed Rangoon in 1941, lost touch and settled in different continents before finding each other again, decades later, after a chance set of circumstances brought them together.’  The Oldie

This is their story – emotional, incredible, but true.’  Scottish Field

July 2008
World rights : Mainstream Publishing

Derek Flory is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny –jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Christa Faust

Christa FaustChrista Faust is the author of several novels, includingHoodtown, Control Freak and Money Shot.  Money Shotwas nominated for an Edgar award, Anthony award and Barry award, and won a Spinetingler award in the ‘Rising Star’ category.

She has worked in the adult film industry both behind and in front of the cameras for over a decade, starring in dozens of racy fetish-oriented videos. She also wrote and directed a four-part bondage adventure serial called Dita in Distress, featuring world famous Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese. Faust is a Film Noir fanatic and an avid reader of classic hardboiled pulp novels. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Christa Faust is a Veronica in a world of Betties
Quentin Tarantino

Books by Christa Faust

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Angel Dare. Former pornstar. Vigilante killer. One by one, she took out the men who violated her and destroyed her life. After testifying against the key players in an international sex slavery ring, Angel went into Witness Protection to escape her past and create a new life.

But now her anonymity has been compromised and she’s on the run, relentlessly hunted by the one man she allowed to live.

When a chance meeting with former co-star ‘Thick’ Vic Ventura devolves into a bloodbath, Angel is left babysitting Vic’s illegitimate teenage son Cody, a hot-headed aspiring Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Cody’s in up to his neck, embroiled in a murderous conspiracy of drug smuggling and underground fighting, but all he cares about is making his big debut on a reality television series. Together with Cody’s trainer, Hank “The Hammer” Hammond, a punch drunk ex-grappler with a dark secret, Angel must find a way to help Cody escape his own demons while staying one step ahead of her own.

Pursued through the unforgiving Arizona desert, shady Mexican bordertowns and ultimately into the seductive neon mirage of Las Vegas, Angel is in for the fight of her life. Can she go the distance or will she wind up on the other end of a no-holds-barred vendetta?

US/Canada: Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press
Germany: Rotbuch Verlag

Money Shot

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When former porn star Angel Dare was violated, beaten, shot and left for dead in the trunk of an abandoned car, her killers figured they had seen the last of her. They figured wrong. Wanted for murder, targeted by sex slave brokers and dressed up in male drag, Angel claws her way through the sleazy underbelly of the San Fernando Valley’s infamous smut racket to hunt down the men responsible for her own botched execution. Throw in a disgraced cop, an over-the-hill nymphomaniac and a briefcase full of cold hard cash and you’ve got Money Shot, a spicy, two-fisted tribute to vintage pulp fiction with a postmodern and uniquely female twist.

“thrilling, original, fast-paced, captivating”
The Mystery Site

“A rip-roaring story with nonstop action”
Library Journal

World English Rights: Dorchester Publishing
Germany: Rotbuch Verlag
Italy: Newton Compton
Romania: Tritonic
Turkey: Dogan Egmont
Finland: Arktinen Banaani
Spain: Ediciones Es Pop
France: Alphee
Film & TV: Daniel Ostroff

Christa Faust is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan –allan@jennybrownassociates.com