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Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson
Jason Henderson began writing for Athletics Weekly in 1995 and has edited the magazine since 2001. He has covered four Olympics and written about athletics for The Sunday Times, Observer, Guardian, The Times and GQ. His passion for athletics was ignited as a teenager in the 1980s when he pestered his father to drive him from their home in Blackpool to track meetings as far afield as Cwmbran and Crystal Palace to watch Zola Budd’s early races in the UK. He is currently working on a book about the intertwining stories of Budd and her rival Mary Decker, which will be published by Birlinn (Arena) in 2016.

Jason is represented by Kevin –

Naomi Howarth

Naomi Howarth

Twitter: @nhillustrator

Naomi Howarth is an Edinburgh-based illustrator who studied Costume for Performance at London College of Fashion. Her design background has heavily influenced her illustration, as well as her love for the decorative arts, vintage picture books and historic buildings. Her favourite thing about being an illustrator is imagining and creating eccentric and whimsical characters that inhabit vivid landscapes. Alongside her picture book work, Naomi produces home ware.

Books by Naomi Howarth

Tug of War
Expected publication: August 2017 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Naomi Howarth - Tug of War
Tortoise is on the hunt for a friend, but only encounters huge Elephant and Hippo, who are mean about his small size and wrinkly skin. But though Tortoise isn’t big, he is certainly brainy! He sets out to show Elephant and Hippo that biggest doesn’t mean best by challenging them to a tug of war. They sneeringly accept… but little do they know that they have really agreed to fight each other!

Naomi Haworth’s funny, heartwarming retelling of this well-known folk tale teaches that wit and wisdom are more important than size and physical strength, and friendship is what matters most.

The Crow’s Tale


In the dark depths of winter, snow is falling and the animals are freezing and famished. Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Will Crow succeed, and what will happen to his colourful rainbow feathers?

Shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016
Shortlisted for 2016 English 4 – 11 Picture Book Award

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2015

Coming soon:
Tug of War, will be published in 2017 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

Naomi is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy –

Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse is a feature writer for football magazines and newspapers. His work appears in the largest German football monthly, 11 Freunde, and he is a regular contributor to FourFourTwo magazine in the UK. His name is also on the masthead of Champions, the offical UEFA Champions League magazine, where he is contributing editor, and he writes a regular column about German football for ESPN. In 2002 When Saturday Comes published his English-language history of German football, Tor!, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. In 2013 Profile published a collection of his football pieces entitled Who Invented the Stepover? (with Paul Simpson). He is currently researching a new book – Inside Bayern Munich – which will be published by Yellow Jersey Press.

Uli is represented by Kevin –

Liam Hayes

Based in Dublin, Liam Hayes is an award-winning sportswriter for his work on boxing and rugby, and is a best-selling author in Ireland (‘Out of Our Skins’, a memoir which captured his 10-year career as an All-Ireland winning Gaelic footballer). He is former editor of Ireland on Sunday and is often a guest on sports programming and talk shows in Ireland. He is currently a columnist for the Irish Daily Mail. His forthcoming golf biography based on Rory McIlroy and Ken Venturi will be published by Birlinn’s new sports imprint – Arena – later this year.

Tim Harris

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Tim Harris used to work in advertising. He lives in London with his wife and children.

Books by Tim Harris

It may be natural to play games, but the sports we love aren’t natural at all. Each and every one of them has been invented, tweaked, pushed and pulled to come up with better rules, cleverer tactics and more effective techniques. There are no prizes for guessing who invented the Cruyff Turn or the Fosbury Flop – but who invented the header or the sliding tackle? The dive pass or the scrum? The lob or the smash? The sand wedge or the tee? The googly or the flipper? This book introduces 250 men, women and animals, each of whom has transformed at least one major sport. Famous or infamous, remembered or forgotten, god-like or god-awful, the game was never the same after them. In making his selection, Tim Harris, author of “Sport”, has drawn on years of passion, argument and research to produce a list that is at once personal and authoritative, provocative and challenging: the rogues, rulers and revolutionaries who shaped the games we play today.
World Rights: Yellow Jersey Press

Sport: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
Why are there so many more ‘Uniteds’ than ‘Athletics’ in football? Why no ‘Uniteds’ in Rugby Union? Why are hoops common in rugby and stripes in football? Why a ‘try’? Why a racing ‘eight’? Why ‘pits’ in motor sport? Why is tennis called ‘tennis’? Why a ‘service’? Why such a weird scoring system? Why water ‘polo’? Why British racing ‘green’ of all colours? Why did Napoleon build a football stadium? Why 18 holes in golf? Why a Kop? Why do huntsman wear red coats? And the Lions play in red but England in white?

All these questions – and many more – are answered in Tim Harris’ insanely ambitious – but deeply readable – history of sport.
‘Anyone with a love of and interest in sport should keep this book within arms reach at all times.’ – Adrian Chiles, writer and presenter of The One Show and Match of the Day 2
‘[Harris’s] lively, often opinionated account is a very good reason to ignore W G Grace’s advice: “Never read print. It spoils one’s eye for the ball’ – Independent on Sunday
‘The perfect stocking filler, if the stocking can hold its considerable weight’ – The Times (Books of the Year)
World Rights: Yellow Jersey Press
Publication Date: Autumn 2007

Tim Harris is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –

Sophie Hardach

Sophie Hardach
Sophie Hardach was born in 1979 and grew up in Germany. She studied in Edinburgh and Singapore, and on graduating worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris, where she now lives.

Books by Sophie Hardach

The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages
Swimming for his life towards traffickers on the Italian shore, Selim enters a world where Kurdish refugees disguise themselves as tomatoes, dates of birth are a matter of opinion, and a residency permit is a ticket to paradise.

When he ends up in a small town in Germany, Selim believes he is finally safe, until the law catches up with him and the clock starts ticking. Selim realises there is only one way to avoid deportation, if he dare try …

Fifteen years later, in a town hall in Paris, a Registrar receives an unsettling book in the post. The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages only fuels her suspicions surrounding an impending Kurdish wedding. Unsure how to intervene, she embarks on an investigation that brings her uncomfortably close to an old acquaintance: Selim.

Written with real imaginative flair, heart and humour, The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages introduces an unlikely hero who’ll prove impossible to forget.

World Rights: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Film & TV: JBA
Sophie Hardach is represented at Jenny Brown Associates

Roger Hutchinson

Roger Hutchinson
Roger Hutchinson is a full-time writer living on the island of Raasay. Born in 1949 he launched and edited the radical magazine Styng in the north of England, before moving to London and becoming editor of both Oz and IT in the early seventies. In 1975 he became a freelance journalist and went on to author several books on subjects as diverse as the professional tennis circuit, the Royal Family, Bruce Lee and man-eating sharks. Two years later he moved to Skye and joined the West Highland Free Press. He is currently a feature journalist, columnist and reviewer for the WHFP, Scotsman, Herald, Guardian and the Press & Journal. He has won several awards, including North of Scotland Feature Writer of the Year and UK Weekly Sports Writer of the Year. His last book The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme was short-listed for The Saltire Book the Year Award 2004.

A sparkling crystal glass of a little book. Here is a fact-filled fairy tale. It is hilarious, heroic and heart-warming’ – The Herald on Polly: The Story Behind Whisky Galore
A distilled drop of long-matured Hebridean history. A delightful dram of a book’ – Daily Mail on Polly: The Story Behind Whisky Galore
A wonderful book about what happens when righteous ambition meets stubborn culture . . . a morality tale of enduring relevance’ – Scotland on Sunday on The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme

Books by Roger Hutchinson

Father Allen
Early on a Sunday morning in October 1905, in Eriskay, one of the smallest and most isolated of Hebridean islands, a forty-five year old Catholic parish priest died of pleurisy. It was a disease which had claimed many of his parishioners, and Father Allan McDonald undoubtedly contracted it while ministering to his flock. He was mourned all over Scotland. Now, over a century later, his name is still remembered with reverence throughout Catholic Scotland and beyond. Father Allan – Maighstir Ailein to his Gaelic-speaking people – was a witty, accomplished, intellectual and dedicated man; one of the most renowned of Hebridean personalities and probably the most celebrated Hebridean priest since St Columba. An exceptionally effective and articulate local politician in the southern Outer Hebrides, which at the turn of the twentieth century was amongst the poorest and most neglected in Europe, he was also an accomplished Gaelic poet and writer and one of Scotland’s greatest collectors of folklore. His achievements attracted attention and visitors came to his lonely parish from the United States, England and elsewhere. The compelling tale of his remarkable life is also implicitly the story of the north-west Highlands in the late nineteenth century and the Catholic Hebrides in their transcendent prime, where culture overflows with myth and adventure, colour, character and extraordinary unspoilt beauty.
World Rights: Birlinn

Calum’s Road
A true story of one man’s epic efforts to keep his community alive. This is a parable: a story of stubbornly heroic resistance and of extraordinary personal achievement. It is the story of a statement made from the depths of one man’s heart in the most practical and indisputable of ways, against the unnecessary destruction of his homeland. It is also the story of the creation of a work of art.

At the age of fifty-six Calum MacLeod, now the last man left in northern Raasay (an island of the west coast of Scotland), set about single-handedly constructing the “impossible” road; a crucial connecting road the council had refused to build. It would become a stubborn, sternly romantic, quixotic venture.

Short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize
‘A gem of a book, beautifully written, informative, moving’ – Alexander McCall Smith
‘Destined to become a minor classic’ – Magnus Linklater
‘A terrific story of courage and endurance’ – Andrew O’Hagan
World Rights: Birlinn
Rights Sold: Germany (DTV), TV/Film Rights (Handmade Films)

Walking to America
The story of an extraordinary odyssey-cum-pilgrimage undertaken 120 years ago by one small family: the author’s own.
The journey was taken largely on foot by a small working-class family unit from England in the 1880s, to Liverpool, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and back again … in search of a new life and of a miracle doctor who could cure the blindness of one of their number.
World Rights: Birlinn
Publication Date: Autumn 2008
Roger Hutchinson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –

Rob Hayles

Rob Hayles
Rob Hayles is a three time Olympic medalist and double Track World Champion and is one of the most experienced and well respected riders in British cycling. Best known for his endeavors in the Team Pursuit and Madison events Rob has been an integral feature in a golden era for cycling helping to develop the careers of Mark Cavendish amongst others. Rob won Silver in the team pursuit and Bronze in the individual pursuit at the 2000 Track World Championships in Manchester, and several more titles followed including medals at consecutive Olympic Games, and Gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. In a glittering career he rode for a number of professional road teams and currently holds commentary positions at the BBC and British Eurosport, working on all the major cycling events including the Tour de France, Track cycling, BMX and Mountain bike. His memoir, Easy Rider, will be published by Bantam Press in June this year.

Easy Rider

Rob is represented by Kevin –

Laura Hird

Laura Hird’s writing has appeared in numerous magazines in Britain and abroad. Her first collection Nail and Other Stories (Rebel Inc) was short-listed for the Saltire Society Literary Awards in 1998 and her first novel – Born Free – was short-listed for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh, but you can visit her website at

Books by Laura Hird

Hope and Other Urban Tales
Urban tales of despair and dysfunction are Laura Hird’s trademark and she does not disappoint in Hope and Other Urban Tales.
Set in the low-rent areas of Edinburgh, Hird’s slices of reality are gritty, bleak and often darkly funny. Yet the possibility of hope, always just out of reach, unifies this collection, conveying that just as circumstances can reveal the morally obscure darkness in ‘good’ people, so can seemingly irredeemable characters harbour well-hidden pockets of humanity.

She writes terrific, gritty humane short stories about life’s losers. She’s been called a ‘female Irvine Welsh’ but I found her more reminiscent of early Ian McEwan. She finds beauty amid the rubble of life’s crashing disappointments.” – Ian Rankin

World Rights: Canongate Books

Joanna Hickson

Joanna HicksonJoanna Hickson was born in England but spent her early childhood in Australia, returning at thirteen to visit her first castle and fall in love with medieval history. During a twenty-five year career at the BBC, presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for TV and Radio, Joanna also published a children’s historical novel, Rebellion at Orford Castle. She now writes adult fiction full-time, indulging her passion for bringing the medieval past and its characters to life. Joanna warns that she spends much of her life in the fifteenth century and even her Wiltshire farmhouse home dates back to that period.

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Books by Joanna

First of the Tudors

HarperCollins, December 2016

Joanna Hickson - First of the Tudors

Jasper Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor, has grown up far from the intrigue of the royal court. But after he and his brother Edmund are summoned to London, their half-brother, King Henry VI, takes a keen interest in their future.

Bestowing Earldoms on them both, Henry also gives them the wardship of the young heiress Margaret Beaufort. Although she is still a child, Jasper becomes devoted to her and is devastated when Henry arranges her betrothal to Edmund.

He seeks solace in his estates and in the arms of Jane Hywel, a young Welsh woman who offers him something more meaningful than a dynastic marriage. But passion turns to jeopardy for them both as the Wars of the Roses wreak havoc on the realm. Loyal brother to a fragile king and his domineering queen, Marguerite of Anjou, Jasper must draw on all his guile and courage to preserve their throne – and the Tudor destiny.

Praise for First of the Tudors

‘A great tale..the golden thread that led to the crown of England’ Conn Iggulden

Red Rose, White Rose

HarperCollins, December 2014

Joanna Hickson - Red Rose, White Rose

In fifteenth century England the Neville family rules the north with an iron fist. Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, a giant of a man and a staunch Lancastrian, cunningly consolidates power by negotiating brilliant marriages for his children. The last betrothal he arranges before he dies is between his youngest daughter, nine-year-old Cicely, and his ward Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England’s richest heir.

Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely treads a hazardous path through love, loss and imprisonment and between the violent factions of Lancaster and York, as the Wars of the Roses tear England’s ruling families apart.

Praise for Joanna Hickson

An enthralling blend of fact and fiction, drama and danger, passion and politics
Lancashire Evening Post

Joanna Hickson’s writing is superb

Shropshire Post


The Agincourt Bride

HarperCollins, January 2013

the agincourt bride

When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court. Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position.

But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties. Her brother, The Dauphin, and the dark and sinister Duke of Burgundy will both use Catherine to further the cause of France.

Catherine is powerless to stop them, but with the French defeat at the Battle of Agincourt, the tables turn and suddenly her currency has never been higher. But can Mette protect Catherine from forces at court who seek to harm her or will her loyalty to Catherine place her in even greater danger?

Praise for The Agincourt Bride

Thoroughly engrossing

The Lady

 A gripping and emotional story


A bewitching first novel…alive with historical detail

Good Housekeeping


The Tudor Bride

HarperCollins, January 2014)

The Tudor Bride
King Henry V’s new French Queen, Catherine, dazzles the crowds in England, blithely unaware of court undercurrents building against her. Her loyal companion, Guillamette, suspects conspiracies against her queen. But her warnings are ignored, for Catherine believes herself invincible as she gives birth to an heir. Tragedy strikes when King Henry is struck down by fever back in France and Catherine rushes to his deathbed. A weak and weeping dowager queen follows the slow funeral cortège through France and the King’s Harper, Owen Tudor, plays to comfort her.

Back in England, the regency council removes the new young king from her care, and a defeated Catherine retires to her dower estates, taking Owen with her as Steward. At the secluded manor of Hadham, a smouldering ember bursts into flame as Catherine and Owen Tudor become lovers.

But their love cannot remain a secret forever, and when a grab for power is made by the Duke of Gloucester, Catherine – and those dearest to her – will once again face mortal danger….

Praise for The Tudor Bride

Hickson’s engaging prose keeps the reader hooked to the final pages

Historical Novel Society

HarperPress, January 2013 World
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