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Cass Green

Cass Green
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR
Cass Green

Had me gripped from first page to last – completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls
Ruth Ware, author of In A Dark Dark Wood

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.

Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close.

Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help.

But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…
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Cass Green is the adult pen name of Caroline Green, an award -winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks and Hold Your Breath garnered rave reviews and were shortlisted for eleven awards between them, including: The Amazing Book Award; The Catalyst Book Award The Leeds Book Award; The Hampshire Book Award; Sefton Super Reads, the Oldham Book Award and The Stockport Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. Caroline has been a journalist for over twenty years and has written for many broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines.

World English: HarperCollins
All other rights: JBA

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.

Vic is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Simon Goddard

Simon Goddard
Simon Goddard is a music journalist and the author of several “thrillingly unusual” (The Observer), “ludicrous and brilliant” (The Scotsman) and “endlessly entertaining” (The Independent) books about pop. These include Ziggyology (the origins of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust), Simply Thrilled (the preposterous story of Postcard Records) and Rollaresque (The Rolling Stones retold as a picaresque novel), all published by Ebury.

His 2009 Mozipedia, an encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths – also the subject of his first book, Songs That Saved Your Life – was voted Mojo magazine readers’ Book of the Year and has also been published in the USA and Brazil.

A regular contributor to Q magazine, Pitchfork and other music titles, he has also written various reissue sleevenotes including Nico, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Orange Juice, advised on numerous radio and TV music documentaries and featured several times as a guest on BBC 6Music.

Simon is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

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Rodge Glass

Rodge Glass

Rodge Glass was born in 1978 and is originally from Cheshire, though he lived mostly in Scotland between 1997 and 2012. He gained a PHD in English and Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow in 2008, having already completed an MLitt in Creative writing there, and in 2009 was made a Lecturer in Creative Writing in Strathclyde University. Between 2010 and 2012 he was Associate Editor at Cargo Publishing, followed by a post as Associate Editor at Freight Books in 2014. Since 2014 he has also led the Creative Writing Programme at Edge Hill University, where he is a Reader in Literary Fiction.

His first novel, No Fireworks, was published in 2005 and immediately nominated for four awards: the Dylan Thomas Award, The Authors’ Club First Novel Award, The Saltire First Book Award and The Glen Dimplex Award. He has since published prolifically, with works including a graphic novel, a collection of short stories and a Somerset Maugham Award-winning biography of Alasdair Gray, written after three years spent as Alasdair’s personal assistant. He has written articles for newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent, and appeared the likes of Open Book on Radio 4, Men’s Hour on Radio Five Live, The One Show on BBC One and Edinburgh Nights on BBC2.

Rodge’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/rodgeglass

Rodge’s website: https://rodgeglass.com/

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

 

Selected Books by Rodge

LoveSexTravelMusik

Freight, April 2013

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A lads’ weekend in Eastern Europe spirals out of control. A bleeding tourist is rescued by a stranger in downtown Toronto. A middle-aged woman holidaying in Tunisia considers the local options for love. An unemployed man shares his fantasies of a sex tour of Arizona with his long-suffering girlfriend. A woman is drawn into an impromptu but life-changing football game in the heart of the Amazon.

With wit, wisdom, insight and pathos, Rodge Glass’s debut short story collection examines men and women of all ages who, through the advent of discount air travel, play out their lives and loves across the globe.

Praise for LoveSexTravelMusic

Potentially one of the most perceptive pieces of modern writing to date. With bright, bold prose, Glass breathes new life into the exotic cities that have been reduced to a few empty paragraphs in travel guides

The List

Never before has the impact of low cost international travel on modern lives been so thoughtfully considered and brilliantly captured… Beautiful, profound, sometimes heartbreaking, this literary triumph shows the levelling impact of low cost air travel

Traveller Magazine

Brilliant writing, the variety of locales, and the bold portrayal of character will delight short story and literary fiction readers and may create demand for Glass’s previous novels

Booklist USA

Reader, prepare to hit the gate running, strap yourself in and await the bumps, the vertiginous take-off, aerial limbo, high suspense, plus in-flight, trolley-borne heavy snacks with their flavours of loneliness, dissatisfaction insecurity, anxious laughter, thoughtless selfishness, some laced with flashes of distraction, fantasy, and hope

The Scotsman 

Nominated for the Frank O’Connor Award 2013

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17909472-love-sex-travel-musik

Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs

Tindal Street, April 2012
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Mark Wilson’s whole life has been about the moment when he steps on to Old Trafford to make his first appearance for Man Utd. But when a wayward pass from Ryan Giggs leads to the worst debut ever, Mark’s schoolboy obsession with him develops into something more dangerous.

Fifteen years later, after a career interrupted by drinking, injury, gambling, restraining orders and burglary, Mark is now sober, gainfully employed and looking forward to watching United at their champions league-winning best. Most importantly for Mark, he is reconciled with the mother of his son, little Ryan. But as the old urges continue to struggle for voice in his head, can he keep his eye on the goal?

 Praise for Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs

A gripping rollercoaster ride through the nature of obsession and the unregarded lives of football failures

Daily Mail

A complex and moving portrayal of obsession, football and heroes with feet of clay

Will Self

Drawing on an impressive fund of United trivia, Glass views a great team from the perspective of the (fictional) runt of the litter
The Guardian

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13604226-bring-me-the-head-of-ryan-giggs

Dougie’s War

Illustrated by Dave Turbitt

Freight Design, September 2010

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Inspired by the classic and highly influential 80s World War 1 comic strip Charley’s War, the first to explore the reality of war and what was then called shell shock, Dougie’s War tells the story of Dougie Campbell, an veteran of Afghanistan returning home to the south side of Glasgow. He has just left the British Army but cannot forget his experiences of combat. A battle rages inside him as he struggles to adjust to civilian life, trying to live with his memories and understand his need for recognition. As the pressure builds, those closest to Dougie try to intervene to help but fail to anticipate the shocking path he has chosen.

Praise for Dougie’s War

A hard-tinning tale about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder… It hammers home its message without being preachy… as forceful as any conventional novel or non-fiction account

The Big Issue
Its attempt to be honest, without being sensational or voyeuristic about the tragedy of war, is a successful one

Sunday Herald
The only graphic novel I’m aware of on the war in Afghanistan, it reveals the hidden cost of all wars. Very memorable and powerful… Stylish, moody and cinematic

Pat Mills, author of Charleys War, Judge Dredd and 2000 AD

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12197469-dougie-s-war

Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography

Bloomsbury, September 2008

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Alasdair Gray, author of the modern classics Lanark, Poor Things and 1982, Janine, is without doubt Scotland’s greatest living novelist. Since trying (unsuccessfully) to buy him a drink in 1998, Rodge Glass, first tutee and then secretary to the author, takes on the role of biographer, charting Gray’s life from unpublished and unrecognised son of a box-maker to septuagenarian ‘little grey deity’ (as Will Self has called him). Gray co-operated with the project throughout but agreed not to read a word of the result until public release, and promised not to sue once he had seen it. He kept to this promise, though he did review the book in the Guardian under the headline ‘What My Biographer Got Wrong’. A Jewish Mancunian Boswell to Gray’s Johnson, Glass seamlessly weaves a chronological narrative of his subject’s life into his own diary of meeting, getting to know and working with the artist, writer and campaigner, to create a vibrant and wonderfully textured portrait of a literary great.

Praise for Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography

 Gray’s perfect biographer

The Guardian

A strange and nourishing strew

Time Magazine

A quirky, admiring, enthusiastic book… A remarkable achievement

The Scotsman

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award

Nominated for the Scottish Arts Council Award for Non-Fiction

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2426132.Alasdair_Gray

Hope for Newborns

Faber & Faber, June 2008

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Twenty-nine-year-old Lewis’s family are the definition of dysfunctional: his brothers, living estranged and unknown lives in Texas and Toronto, his mother, confined in her self-imposed silent state in a room full of fish and amphibians and his father, at work in the Victory Barber Shop where customers are surrounded by souvenirs of wartime Europe. And then there’s Lewis, caught between working at a recruitment agency, helping his father out in the barbers and keeping his mother in touch with world news. He spends half his time trying to save his broken family and the other half trying to escape it.

But when he receives an email out of the blue from Christy, an old school friend, he is intrigued by her society for Hope for Newborns. Compared with the murkiness of home, the promises of her manifesto – freedom through friendship and love through sacrifice – appear so luminous, and the chance of romance so tangible. Soon he’s keeping secrets, breaking the law, and imagining something much bigger than escape…

Praise for Hope for Newborns

Every once in a while, a book will come along that has the power to linger in the imagination – to keep gnawing away at you for hours and days after you put it down. Such is the case with Hope for Newborns

The Scotsman

Glass has written a compassionate and quietly comic study of a country which has forgotten how to take pride in itself

The Guardian

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5828899-hope-for-newborns

No Fireworks

Faber & Faber, July 2005

No Fireworks is the story of eight days in the life of Abe Stone, a 61-year-old, three times divorced history teacher and alcoholic. Left reeling by the death of his acid-tongued mother Evelyn, who hasn’t let being dead stop her from controlling him, Abe realises he has done nothing with his life. Afraid his time might be up soon, Abe goes in search of his true identity with help from his friend Henry and super-intelligent grand-daughter Lucille. No Fireworks is an upside-down, inside-out voyage of discovery novel, a firey warning about the consequences of inaction and life unlived.

Praise for No Fireworks

No Fireworks is both thoughtful and brave, offering a bleakly humorous and moving take on one man’s struggle to restore his faith – in himself, his family, and ultimately, his God

Times Literary Supplement

A superb debut novel… Like the best tragicomedies, it is written with a pin-sharp sense of character, isn’t afraid to take swings at the deepest subjects and can spin between the two modes at will

The Scotsman

An impressive achievement… Charming and idiosyncratic, it is literary fiction reminiscent of Zadie Smith or Hanif Kureishi in its exploration of characters who are intriguing without exactly being likeable

City Life

Saltire First Book Award nominee

Dylan Thomas Prize for Fiction nominee

Authors’ Club First Novel Award nominee

Glen Dimplex First Book Award nominee

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1802675.No_Fireworks

Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon has been a broadcaster and journalist for almost 25 years. Having broken free from the shackles of his first job as a banker, he began his new career with Northsound Radio in Aberdeen in 1987 covering his beloved Dons on a weekly basis. After three years he moved to Glasgow to work in the Radio Clyde newsroom before applying for a six-month post as maternity cover in the BBC Radio Scotland sports department. More than two decades later he’s still there and has now presented well in excess of 2,000 Sportsound programmes. Experienced in television presentation as well, he has fronted the BBC’s Sportscene on many occasions, and has been the voice-over on countless football videos and DVDs over the years.

Following his best seller about Alex Ferguson and Aberdeen FC’s European Cup Winners Cup triumph in 1983 (Glory in Gothenburg) Richard’s latest is a fascinating insight into Scotland’s World Cup journey from the qualifiers to the finals in 1974. Both titles are published by Black & White.

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Richard is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Nuala Gardner

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Nuala Gardner is a nurse and midwife. She and her husband Jamie have two children, Dale and Amy, both of whom have autism. Dale is 18 and planning a career working with children with autism.

Books by Nuala Gardner

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A Friend Like Henry
A Sunday Times hardback best-seller. This is the inspiring account of a family’s struggle to break into their son’s autistic world – and how a dog made the real difference. Dale was still a baby when his parents realised that something wasn’t right. Worried, his mother Nuala took him to see several doctors, before finally hearing the word ‘autism’ for the first time in a specialist’s office. Scared but determined that Dale should live a fulfilling life, Nuala describes her despair at her son’s condition, her struggle to prevent Dale being excluded from a ‘normal’ education and her sense of hopeless isolation. Dale’s autism was severe and violent and family life was a daily battleground. But the Gardner’s lives were transformed when they welcomed a gorgeous Golden Retriever into the family. The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry helped them to produce the breakthrough in Dale they had long sought. From taking a bath to saying ‘I love you’, Henry helped introduce Dale to all the normal activities most parents take for granted, and set him on the road to being the charming and well-adjusted young man he is today. This is a heartrending and fascinating account of how one devoted and talented dog helped a little boy conquer his autism.

World Rights: Hodder & Stoughton
Rights Sold: Germany (Luebbe), The Netherlands (Unieboek), Complex Chinese (JC Culture & Publishing), Sweden (Forum), Japan (Hayakawa), Large Print (F. A. Thorpe), USA (Sourcebooks), Unabridged Audio (BBC Audiobooks), Poland (Wydawnictwo Galaktyka),Korea (Okdang Books, Inc), Simplified Chinese (Beijing Hongwenguan Publishing), Portugal (Casa Das Letras)
Nuala Gardner is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan -stan@jennybrownassociates.com.

Michael Grant

Michael Grant
Michael Grant moved to Glasgow in 1999 to become the chief football writer of the Sunday Herald. He held that role until 2009 before making the internal move to chief football writer of The Herald. He is a regular contributor for BBC Scotland, making appearances as a guest or host on a number of Radio Scotland football shows and also making frequent television appearances on the live “Afternoon Sportscene” results show.

Books by Michael Grant
Fergie Rises: The Formative Years of Britain’s Greatest Manager
Alex Ferguson was not the greatest manager football has ever seen when he turned up in Aberdeen one June morning in 1978. In fact he really wasn’t anything special at all. Fergie Rises is the story of a period that began when Ferguson was lucky to get Aberdeen, not the other way around. It is the story of an eight-year revolution in which he outgrew that club up in the northeast of Scotland … and left them devastated by his departure. The drama, setbacks, personality clashes, frustrations, heartache and – above all – astonishing success Ferguson experienced between 1978 and 1986 turned him from merely another young manager (one who had just been sacked by St Mirren) to someone capable of taking on – and eventually transforming – Manchester United.
World Rights: Aurum Press
Michael Grant is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Martin Greig

Martin Greig is a Senior Sports Writer at The Herald. He has written extensively on all aspects of British football and interviewed Shunsuke Nakamura on several occasions during his time in Scotland with Celtic. He regularly travels around Europe to interview sporting subjects and covers a wide variety of other sports including golf, tennis and cycling.

Books by Martin Greig

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The Zen of Naka: The Journey of a Japanese Genius
I have never worked with a technically better player than Nakamura. I played with Bryan Robson, Kenny Dalglish and Norman Whiteside who had strengths that Naka doesn’t have. Yet for a sublime touch and vision? There has been none better in my career…I am lucky enough to have a genius on board.” – Gordon Strachan, Celtic manager
Nakamura’s success has caught the imagination of both the global Celtic support and his native country – where he has now over-taken Hidetoshi Nakata to become the No.1 soccer star – with a dedicated team of journalists permanently based in Glasgow following his every move. Zen and the Art of Naka will put readers into the dressing room before the games, at half time, after the Man United game and put them on the training ground when he is practising those lethal free kicks.
World Rights: Mainstream
Martin Greig is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan -stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Keith Gray

Keith Gray

Keith’s first book Creepers was published when he was 24 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. He has since written many books including his best-known Ostrich Boys, which won great acclaim and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Fiction Prize and the BookTrust Teen Prize. Keith has also written Warehouse (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award), Malarkey (shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize) and The Runner (winner of a Smarties Silver Medal). He has lectured in Creative Writing and now lives in Edinburgh with his partner and their daughter. He spends much of his time visiting schools to pass on his love of books and writing, as well as reviewing teenage fiction.

Books by Keith Gray
Keith Gray - The Chain
The Chain
Published January 2013 by Barrington Stoke

Cal is sick of being the good guy. Joe’s dad is a big time loser – can Joe ever be a winner? Ben has two girlfriends – but only loves himself, and Kate has to say the hardest goodbye of all. Four people. Four stories. Four links in the chain. One book, which will change their lives forever.

Keith Gray - The Trick
The Trick
Published November 2012 by HarperCollins UK

“Eric, are you ready to travel to a place you’ve never been before?” Mathew Masters asked, loud enough for the whole audience to hear. “Are you ready to do something truly magical? Are you ready, Eric, to vanish not somewhere, but Elsewhere?”

Where do you go when you disappear? Or, rather, when you are ‘disappeared’. Eric is about to find out when a school trip to a magic show takes an unexpected turn.

Keith Gray - The Boswall Kidnapping
The Boswall Kidnapping
Published January 2011 by HarperCollins UK

When Alex’s dad drags him to Boswall and Sons, the local department store, he never expects to find himself thrown into a world of kidnap and spies.

Keith Gray - The Return of Johnny Kemp
The Return of Johnny Kemp
Published May 2009 by Barrington Stoke

“If I tell you to run, then run, right? And I mean fast.”

Dan grassed up Johnny Kemp. No one else was stupid enough to mess with Johnny. Just Dan. Now Johnny Kemp is back, and he’s out for blood…

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Ostrich Boys
Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey. Stealing the urn that contains the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out to travel 261 miles from Cleethorpes on the English east coast to the tiny hamlet of Ross in southern Scotland. After a depressing and dispiriting funeral they feel that taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a fifteen year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship.

Published by Random House Children’s Publishers UK, 2008

 

Other Titles:

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The Last Soldier
Nothing much happens in Joe and Wade’s dusty town. There’s not much excitement in Joe and his brother’s lives – just grinding poverty and the occasional run-in with the neighbours. The only highlight is the arrival of the carnival, with its mermaid, wolfman and baby dragon. This year, there’s a new attraction – the Last Soldier of World War One. What message does he have for the boys…?

Published by Barrington Stoke, 2015

 

You Killed Me

 

You Killed Me!

Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len’s ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len’s death. Can he save Len from being killed? Gripping ghost story from a critically acclaimed writer.

Published by Barrington Stoke, 2013

 

Also with Barrington Stoke:

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Other Titles:

Next (2012), Losing It (2010), Hoodlum (2010), The Fearful (2005), Malarkey (2003), Before Night Falls (2003), Warehouse (2002), £10,000 (2001), Happy (1998), The Runner (1998), From Blood: Two Brothers (1997), Dead Trouble (1997), Creepers (1996), Hunting The Cat (1996)

Keith Gray is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

Ian Garbutt

Ian Garbutt
Ian Garbutt has worked in journalism and publishing. He was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Bursary and attended Napier University, in Edinburgh, where he obtained a Master of Arts with Distinction in Creative Writing. Historical novels are his speciality, and he also publishes under the pseudonym Melanie Gifford.

Ian Garbutt is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny – jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Books by Ian

Wasp

Polygon, March 2015

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Wasp

For a gentleman seeking more prestigious company amidst the bawdy houses of an eighteenth-century city, the House of Masques provides the perfect sexual thrill. The girls are highly educated and socially trained, and are prized status symbols for politicians, bankers and royalty alike.

Into this world comes Bethany Harris, a disgraced governess who has been rescued from a madhouse and transformed into the Masque named Wasp. She soon discovers that her companions are the condemned, the exiled and the abandoned: everyone in the House has a troubled past. Soon, dark secrets and unbridled ambition lead to a crisis that threatens to destroy the House of Masques and reaches to the very highest in the land.

Praise for Wasp

Fans of Sarah Walters’ Fingersmith or Michael Faber’s Crimson Petal and the White will welcome Wasp with its lucid prose, clever mix of the beautiful and the sordid and compelling storyline that keeps you guessing till the last few pages
We Love This Book

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23505843-wasp