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A L Lang

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One-time best-selling author, A. L. Lang could have just about ticked off everything on a typical writer’s bucket-list: fame, fortune, fast cars, free drugs and feckless lovers were all there for the taking. Instead, JBA’s most ungrateful client ever has decided to kill the dream by writing a book on how life is short, unfair and completely, utterly pointless. While it is in no way a cynical attempt to capitalise on the festive stocking-filler season, The F*ck-it List (What Not To Do Before You’re Dead) is being published by Simon & Schuster in October 2016.

A. L. Lang is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

John Lydon

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John Lydon is a hero to millions, across every continent and several generations. Without parallel, he changed the game in popular music, not once but twice, first wreaking political chaos upon starchy mid-’70s Britain with The Sex Pistols, which saw him discussed by Parliament under the Traitors & Treasons Act, then shapeshifting with Public Image Ltd (PiL) as a free experimentalist. “Rock” simply wasn’t big enough to contain such an immense, shapeshifting character, as he scored global hits with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield, and then diversified into television, where the erstwhile Johnny Rotten, scourge of Whitehall, ended up presenting his own nature series. John’s autobiography, Anger Is An Energy, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.
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John is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

David Leggat

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David Leggat is in his sixties and has now retired from newspapers after a career in journalism which spanned 46 years, most of them as a sports writer, covering mainly football, but also boxing and golf. He worked in England in the last great days of Fleet Street for the Daily Express and Sunday People in the 1970s and 80s and returned home to Scotland to work for the People, the Sunday Mail, the Scottish Daily Express, the People(again) and finally a two year stint freelancing for the Scottish Sunday Express. As well as being a football fanatic he loves to listen to jazz, especially when played by Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Dexter Gordon and he is also fanatical about the merits of the Great American Songbook as written by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart and Johnny Mercer, etc. He loves old western movies and his claim to fame is he once had a drink with John Wayne. David’s biographies of Rangers legends Bill Struth and Davie Cooper will be published later in 2013, following on from Great Scot: The James Scotland Symon Story (Black & White, 2012)

Tracey Lawson

Tracey Lawson
Tracey Lawson gained a degree in Italian and French at university, and following a year teaching English in France she discovered the joys of Italy’s cuisine and lifestyle while teaching in Tuscany. Tracey has spent ten years as a news and features writer covering foreign and domestic stories for UK newspapers; she edited the Food pages of The Scotsman for eighteen months, and she is now the paper’s Deputy Features Editor. A Year in the Village of Eternity will be her first book.

Books by Tracey Lawson

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A Year in the Village of Eternity
The sun-drenched village of Campodimele in the Aurunci Mountains has been called ‘the village of eternity’ by World Health Organisation scientists, after a study revealed the astonishing longevity of its inhabitants. The average life expectancy of Campodimelani men is 90, compared to the European average of 74, while women live to an average age of 86 compared to their European counterparts’ 80. Not only do the villagers live to an extraordinary age, they also enjoy healthy and active lives at an age when many people in the UK have succumbed to general infirmity or the three major plagues of Western life, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. How do they do it? Tracey Lawson spent a year in the village to find out. This book chronicles twelve months in the life of Campodimele, focusing on the seasonal cooking and eating habits that doctors believe are the key to the villagers’ unusually long lives. It includes insights from everyone from cheerful Giovanni who has lunched on minestrone for 103 years and 96-year-old Corradino who still enjoys daily rides on his pushbike, to the relative bambino of a mayor (in his forties) and the 93-year-old signora who bakes her own rosemary and olive oil bread every day – as well as a year’s worth of simple, wholesome recipes that even the busiest urbanite will be able to enjoy. A Year in the Village of Eternity is at once a sumptuously illustrated Mediterranean cookbook, a sensible and inspiring food manual and a stunning and unique travel book – a winning cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and Jamie’s Italy with a dash of You Are What You Eat.
World Rights: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: Spring 09
Tracey Lawson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Sue Lawrence

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After winning fame on the BBC’s MasterChef in 1991, Sue Lawrence has forged a career as one of the UK’s leading cookery writers. She writes a regular column for Scotland on Sunday, wrote for the Sunday Times for six years and regularly contributes to Sainsbury’s Magazine, Woman & Home, Country Living and BBC Good Food Magazine. A regular face on British and Australian television, until 2011 she was one of the food experts on STV’s The Hour. Raised in Dundee, she now lives in Edinburgh.

Sue’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/suehlawrence

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

Selected Books by Sue Lawrence

 The Night He Left
Freight Books, April 2016

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At 7pm on 28th December 1879 a violent storm batters the newly-built iron rail bridge across the River Tay, close to the city of Dundee. Ann Craig, a wealthy woman, is waiting for her husband, a mill owner, to return home. From her window she sees the bridge collapse, the train he is travelling on ploughing into the sea, killing all those on board. As Ann investigates the events leading up to the crash, doubt is cast on whether Robert was on the train after all. If not, where is he, and who is the mysterious woman who is first to be washed ashore? In the present day, Fiona Craig’s new partner Pete, an Australian restaurateur, clears the couple’s bank account before abandoning his car at Dundee Airport and disappearing. When the police discover his car is stolen, Fiona conducts her own investigation into Pete’s background, slowly uncovering dark secrets and strange parallels with the events of 1879. Following on from her acclaimed debut, Fields of Blue Flax, Sue Lawrence serves up another brilliant historical mystery, meticulously researched and densely plotted, with plenty of twists and turns and a gripping climax.

Praise for The Night He Left

I found this book enthralling. It’s a cracking story beautifully told
Lorraine Kelly

Lawrence’s parallel plotlines advance in lock-step with each other over alternate chapters, with spooky similarities but also crucial differences, until they’re entwined to great effect towards the end
Sunday Herald Life 

A gripping tale
Daily Record 

The Night He Left is a deft mix of vivid storytelling, intriguing mystery and building momentum, skilfully interwoven with the history of the Tay Bridge disaster
Scottish Field

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29417273-the-night-he-left

Fields of Blue Flax
Freight Books, May 2015

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Dark Victorian secrets mirror the pattern of betrayal and deception in the present.

Set in Edinburgh and Dundee, Fields of Blue Flax is the parallel story of, in the past, dark Victorian secrets uncovered and, in the present, how an innocent interest in genealogy brings a family to the brink of destruction. Cousins Mags and Christine are complete opposites, one conventional the other bohemian. As family life with husbands and children intertwine, their joint research into the family history uncovers a forgotten relative, Elizabeth Barrie, born in the late nineteenth century in the north east village of Tannadice. Elizabeth’s origins aren’t what they appear to be, hiding a shocking scandal at the very heart of a prominent, ‘respectable’ family. Unprepared for what they will find about their relative, the truth at the heart of Elizabeth’s story mirrors the cousins’ own equally dysfunctional family lives. Both Mags and Christine find out in different ways that uncovering a family’s past can have unexpected and revocable consequences for those living in the present.

Praise for Fields of Blue Flax

Researching your family tree has never been easier and the secrets that previous generations thought they had taken to the grave are now ripe for discovery by an internet savvy generation keen to uncover their past. Such family secrets and lies are the ingredients for food writer Sue Lawrence’s debut novel Fields of Blue Flax… As the protagonists chop, stir and simmer their way through breakfasts, lunches and dinners of family life, there is comfort food and cold comfort food, a killer broth and some to-die-for brownies, all served up in what is a satisfying tale of revenge served both hot and cold
Scotland on Sunday

Scottish Baking
Birlinn, July 2014

Other books by Sue Lawrence
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In recent times Britain as a whole can’t get enough of programmes like The Great British Bake-off and The Fabulous Baker Boys, but Scotland has always had a wonderful tradition of baking in both sweet and savoury recipes. Leading cookery writer Sue Lawrence has now combined her two passions, for baking and Scottish cooking, into one definitive book. A compendium of 70 easy-to-follow recipes, it brings together the traditional breads, scones and cakes that have shaped Scotland’s great baking heritage and new contemporary bakes like Sticky Toffee Apple Cake and Coconut Cherry Chocolate Traybake. Cooks everywhere will want to try these delicious recipes from Scotland. This is a book that will reach out to anyone who loves to dabble with flour, sugar, butter – and a griddle!

Praise for Scottish Baking

Sue Lawrence is a rock star
Guardian

Breathtakingly clear photography, paired with minimalist layout, help contemporise the humble scone, oatcake and bannock, reflecting their renewed appreciation by a younger generation of bakers . . . Beats the GBBO’s fussy showstoppers hands-down
Herald