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Kathleen Jamie

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Kathleen Jamie is a poet and essayist. Raised in Currie, near Edinburgh, she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University, publishing her first poems as an undergraduate. Her 1995 collection The Queen of Sheba won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; The Tree House (2002) also won the Forward Poetry Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; The Overhaul, brought out in 2012, won the Costa Poetry Award. In 2016 Kathleen won both the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year and the overall Saltire Book of the Year for her collection The Bonniest Companie.

In recent years she has turned her pen to essays to much acclaim, with her collection Sightlines winning the John Burroughs Medal and the Orion Book Award in the USA. Kathleen is currently Professor of Poetry at Stirling University. One of her poems is inscribed in on the national monument at Bannockburn.

Kathleen’s website: http://www.kathleenjamie.com/

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

Selected Books by Kathleen

The Bonniest Companie
Picador, October 2015

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In her extraordinary new collection, Kathleen Jamie examines her native Scotland – a country at once wild and contained, rural and urban – and her place within it. In the author’s own words : ‘2014 was a year of tremendous energy in my native Scotland, and knowing I wanted to embrace that energy and participate in my own way, I resolved to write a poem a week, and follow the cycle of the year.’ The poems also venture into childhood and family memory – and look to ahead to the future. The Bonniest Company is visionary response to a year shaped and charged by both local and global forces, and will stand as a remarkable document of our times.

Winner of Saltire Scottish Book of the Year 2016

Sightlines
Sort Of Books, April 2012
North America: The Experiment

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In this greatly anticipated sequel to Findings, prize-winning poet and renowned nature writer Kathleen Jamie takes a fresh look at her native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote.

Written with her hallmark precision and delicacy, and marked by moments in her own life, Sightlines offers a rare invitation to pause and to pay heed to our surroundings.

Praise for Sightlines

A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader’s ear. Hold her tangible words and they’ll take you places
John Berger

At which point I put the book down again and thought: ‘I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think, like that.’ It’s like this pretty much all the way through
Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

Kathleen Jamie, the Scottish poet, has written a book that transcends the definition of nature study… Sightlines is a work of intense purity and quiet genius and we’re lucky to have it
The Sunday Telegraph

Exquisite. . . There is such a precision, of both thinking and seeing, displayed in these works that you would have to be a very obtuse kind of reader not to realise that Jamie is a poet
The Scotsman

The dance of Jamie’s words enacts the mind in motion as it moves between the shifting, shimmering processes of nature and art
The Guardian

Jamie’s prose is exquisite, yet never indulgent. . . . This is a book that will stay with you, as its sights and sounds have stayed with its writer. [A] work of intense purity and quiet genius, and we’re lucky to have it
The Sunday Telegraph

A haunting new collection from one of our finest nature writers . . . . Immensely beguiling. There are piquant descriptions that stop you in your tracks . . . . but the real power of the writing derives from the steady increment of detail and the honesty of her responses to the natural world
The Sunday Times

Winner of the John Burroughs Medal

Winner of the Orion Book Award

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13818573-sightlines

 

Stephen Jones

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Stephen Jones is the award-winning rugby correspondent of The Sunday Times and a former UK sports journalist of the year. He is the author of several books on the sport, including Lion Man: The Autobiography of Ian McGeechan, Midnight Rugby: Triumph and Shambles in the Professional Era, and Endless Winter: The Inside Story of the Rugby Revolution, which was the winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

Books by Stephen Jones

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Behind the Lions: Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions
For 125 years the British & Irish Lions have stood out as a unique emblem in world sport. They represent the best of the best from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, coming together every four years under a united badge to take on the rugby greats of the southern hemisphere. Lions tours are steeped in history and tradition yet maintain a vibrant standing in the modern era. The Lions badge is a symbol of the ethics, values and the romance at the heart of Test match rugby union and represents the pinnacle for every international player in Britain and Ireland. As the Lions party departs the shores of Britain and Ireland, a great red wave of support follows them as thousands of fans make a rugby pilgrimage to see their heroes do battle with the superpowers of the world game… and with the weight of history itself. Behind the Lions sees four esteemed rugby writers from each of the Home Nations delve to the very heart of what it means to be a Lion, interviewing a vast array of former tourists to uncover the passion, pride and honour experienced when wearing the famous red jersey. It is a tale of heart-break and ecstasy, humour and poignancy that is at once inspirational, moving and utterly compelling. And it is the only story worth hearing: the players own. This is the history of the British & Irish Lions… in their own words.

Birlinn, 2012

James Jauncey

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James Jauncey grew up in Edinburgh and Perthshire and studied law at Aberdeen University. He spent much of his twenties travelling and working as a journalist and business writer. In the same year, at the age of 40, he moved back to Scotland and published his first novel. He has written for children, adults and young adults and writes business books under the name Jamie Jauncey. His YA fiction in particular has been nominated for numerous awards; both The Witness and The Reckoning were shortlisted for the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

James’s website: http://www.jamesjauncey.com

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

Books by James

The Reckoning
Young Picador, November 2010

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Standing on the beach watching the early morning-mist roll in off the sea, Fin is thinking about the day when he can escape to the mainland. His sister got away, but no one has heard from her in two years. Fin’s thoughts are interrupted by the sound of a car on the bridge above him. He hears doors slam, voices, a scream and then, for a brief moment, he glimpses a figure falling through the fog. It’s a young girl and she dies in Fin’s arms.

Did the dead girl jump or was she pushed? Sceptical of the official suicide verdict, Fin is determined to find the truth, a hunt that will lead him closer to his missing sister and to a shocking secret at the heart of his island community.

Praise for The Reckoning

A thriller for intelligent and sensitive teenagers … Deeply poetic and reflective, full of rich and evocative  language and concerns – family breakdown, a threatened community, racism – which haunt every generation
The Big Issue

The Reckoning is … both a tense thriller and a moving man-into-boy story
The Telegraph

 

Ed Jones

Ed JonesEd Jones was born in Geneva in 1964 and lived in Switzerland until the age of 13. He met his Wigan-born wife at Lancaster University, where he gained a degree in French, Politics and Media Studies. His career has spanned equally the worlds of sport and music; he has worked for The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Bolton Wanderers Football Club and CMP Entertainment, an international music promoter. He has worked as a football contributor for The Observer, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror; and lives in Lancashire with his wife, and two children.

Definitive guide to life at the bottom of rock’s barrel …hugely entertaining’ – NME

A supremely gripping memoir that gallops along with demented energy’ – Q

Books by Ed Jones

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This is Pop

With a foreword by Cool Britannia and Creation Records supremo Alan McGee.

“Can you imagine if we’d carried on releasing records and it’d never happened? What would we have done? Just disappeared and gone and lived in a fucking igloo? Because when you believe in something so strongly, for it not to happen would’ve been scary”  – Richard Ashcroft, The Verve

But The Verve had made it. And when they played a celebratory homecoming gig at Haigh Hall, Wigan, thirty-three thousand souls including supermodels and a BBC film crew turned up. Also in that crowd stood Ed Jones, former bassist of The Tansads: three LPs released with a highest chart position of 101; claim to fame: were once supported by a band called The Verve. And Pulp. And Cast. This is his story. The story of ‘the others’ — the ones that don’t make it, where there are no stars and no pat Hollywood endings. That’s what this book is about. This is reality. This is Pop.

All Rights: Jenny Brown Associates

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Northern Soul

In 1972, Hunter Davies wrote one of the defining sports books, The Glory Game, in which he chronicled a season from inside a leading football club—Tottenham Hotspur. Now, three decades on, and with the Football League now the money-spinning Premiership, Ed Jones has been granted similar access all areas to the latest, and perhaps most unexpected recruit to the top flight: Wigan Athletic.

When Davies was writing his magnum opus, Wigan were still a non-league club. For the first time in their existence, they’re rubbing shoulders with the big boys, kicking off with a home game against Chelsea and finishing with an away trip to Arsenal. In between, Ed Jones will be chronicling what it is really like behind the scenes of a Premiership club—from the players to the tea ladies, the dug out to the chairman’s helicopter.

Shortlisted for the National Sporting Club Book Award.

World Rights: Time Warner

Ed Jones is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Douglas Jackson

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Douglas Jackson was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders and now lives in Bridge of Allan. He is an assistant editor at The Scotsman.

Books by Douglas Jackson

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Hero of Rome

The Roman grip on Britain is weakening. Emperor Nero has turned his face away from this far-flung outpost. The Druids are on the rise, spreading seeds of rebellion among the British tribes. Roman cruelty and exploitation has angered their British subjects. The warrior queen Boudicca will lead the tribes to war. Standing against the rising tide of Boudicca’s rebellion is Roman Tribune, Gaius Valerius Verrens, Commander of the veteran legions at Colonia. Valerius leads the veterans in a last stand against the unstoppable horde of Boudicca’s rebel army. Step by step, the bloodied survivors are forced back into the Temple of Claudius. It is here that Valerius wins lifelong fame and the accolade Hero of Rome.

If I were Conn Iggulden or Simon Scarrow, I’d be rather worried by the new Scottish kid on the block” – The Scotsman

World Rights: Transworld

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Claudius

Claudius—emperor of Rome, conqueror of Britain. Emperor Claudius has unleashed the Roman legions against Britain. Caratacus, war chief of the Britons, must unite the tribes for a desperate last stand. Claudius desires total conquest. Caratacus will fight for freedom. An epic battle is coming. Heroes will be made and kings will fall in a struggle that will echo through the annals of history.

World Rights: Transworld

 

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Caligula: The Tyranny of Rome

Rufus, a young slave and animal trainer, is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace, where life is dictated by Caligula’s ever-shifting moods. He is as generous as he is cold-blooded, a megalomaniac who declares himself a god and simultaneously remains in constant fear of the plots against his life. But his paranoia is not misplaced. Intrigue permeates the court, and Rufus and Cupido – one of Rome’s greatest gladiators – find themselves unwittingly at the centre of a conspiracy to assassinate Caligula. But can a slave decide the fate of an emperor?

Douglas Jackson takes us by the hand and heart and leads us into the crazy, power-soaked world of Caligula, maddest of the mad Roman emperors – and in doing so gives us an insight into the man behind the madness, the fragile, bloody balances of power and the depths to which men were forced to sink simply to stay alive. He clearly knows his animals and the world of the animal trainer is beautifully and carefully depicted. If you ever want to know how to escape a charging rhino, this is your book!  It’s light and dark in equal measure, colourful, thoughtful and bracing. A worthy addition to the world of Roman historical fiction.’  – Manda Scott, author of The Crystal Skull

…gripping Roman thriller. It’s certainly well placed to take on the Simon Scarrow/Conn Iggulden audience.’ Scotland on Sunday

World Rights: Transworld
Rights Sold: Italy (Newton & Compton), Russia (AST), Poland (Amber), Serbia (Laguna), Portugal (Bertrand), Romania (Editura Allfa Srl), Spain (Ediciones B), Turkey (Artemis Yayenevi)

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

Bill Jones

Bill JonesBill Jones worked for Granada Television for 27 years, where he was an award-winning documentary maker. He now works as a freelance writer and programme maker. He was researching a documentary about the centenary of the Manchester running club Salford Harriers in 1985 when he came across the story of John Tarrant (a former Harriers member) – which led to his William Hill short-listed book – The Ghost Runner.

Praise for The Ghost Runner:

One of those books…where you think how could we possibly not have known about this story … an extraordinary account” Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4

Jones has unearthed and told quite brilliantly the story of a man condemned not only by authority, but also by his own stubbornness”   Sunday Times

Books by Bill Jones

Alone: The triumph and the tragedy of John Curry

On a winter’s night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many millions more watched around the world. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet. He won the OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was – and would always remain – an absolute mystery to a world that had been dazzled by his gift.

World rights: Bloomsbury

Pub date: Spring 2014

Bill Jones is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Bill Janovitz

Bill JanovitzBill Janovitz is the author of Exile on Main St. (Continuum Books, 2004), one of the top sellers in the 33 ⅓ series of books about classic albums. He has been a frequent contributor to allmusic.com, bostonmagazine.com, and the Boston Phoenix, while his work has also been featured in Post Road magazine. He is the founding songwriter and guitarist for Buffalo Tom, who celebrated 25 years together in 2011. He lives outside of Boston with his family. It’s Only Rock n Roll – a song-by-song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the Rolling Stones’ career and expands upon their recording and personal history – is published by St Martin’s Press in July this year.

Bill is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

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