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Helen McClory

Helen McClory
Helen McClory has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Glasgow. Her debut story collection On the Edges of Vision won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. She lives in Edinburgh.
Helen is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

The Flesh of the Peach
‘McClory’s is a lepidopterist’s language that skewers with playful, painful precision.’ Joanna Walsh, author of Vertigo

‘Bold and unflinching… a brutal, clear-eyed study of a failing artist that shatters our expectations of what a woman should be.’ Kirsty Logan author of The Gracekeepers

In New York, the ending of 28 year old artist Sarah Brown’s recent relationship with a married woman has coincided with the death of her estranged, aristocratic mother, leaving her a substantial amount of money and an unrecognised burden of toxic grief. Rather than return home to England, she decides to travel by Greyhound to her mother’s cabin in New Mexico. There she’s drawn into a passionate relationship with Theo, a man whose quiet stability seems to complement her mercurial character.

But as Sarah’s emotional turmoil grows, there are warning signs that tragedy could ensue. In Flesh of the Peach Saltire First Book of the Year winner, Helen McClory, paints a beautiful and painful portrait of a woman’s unravelling, combining exquisite, and at times experimental, prose with a powerful understanding of the effects of unresolved loss.

Freight, April 2017

Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Twitter: @MickandBrita

Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been collaborating on both illustration and text for twenty two years. Their first book together, ‘The World Is Full of Babies’, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Since then they have won the Times Education Supplement Award, received five Royal Society Junior Science Book prizes, and have won the English Association Award for the fifth time with ‘Charlie’s War Illustrated’ in 2014.

Recent publications include: Books Books Books, The Brontes; Children of the Moors, The Story of Britain, William Shakespeare, and Wild Adventures.

Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s approach to non-fiction for younger children has revolutionised our bookshelves.
Lindsey Fraser, The Scotsman

Domenica More Gordon


Twitter: @DMoreGordon
Instagram: domenicamoregordon

Domenica More Gordon is an illustrator and artist whose wonderful miniature felted dogs have found fame worldwide. She studied textiles at Central St. Martins and has worked for publications such as Homes & Gardens, The World of Interiors and Elle Decoration in London and Los Angeles. Domenica currently lives with her husband in Musselburgh.

Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson

Raised in Glasgow, Sally Magnusson is a Scottish writer and broadcaster. She began her career at The Scotsman before moving to the BBC, notably as a long-serving presenter of BBC Scotland’s Reporting Scotland news programme. She has worked on a range of programmes, including BBC Breakfast Time, BBC 2’s The Daily Politics, Panorama and Songs of Praise. She is the founder and chair of Playlist for Life, a charity that encourages access to personalised music on iPods for people with dementia.

In 2009 Sally received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University. Her memoir of her mother’s dementia, Where Memories Go, won her the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing in 2014 as well as being shortlisted for the Saltire Literary Book of the Year award.

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Sally Magnusson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Gerard McDade

Gerry McDade
Gerard McDade is a writer, broadcaster, presenter and football commentator. He worked full-time for Celtic’s Media Department as a Producer/Presenter for Celtic TV show, ‘The Huddle’ for two years before returning to Freelance work. A published author (Celtic -The Supersonic ’70s; B&W Publishing 2009), he has just completed his first film screenplay and has contributed to newspapers, magazines and websites. He is currently Match-day Commentator for Bauer Media working for Radio Forth in Edinburgh.

Gerard is represented by Kevin –

Emily MacKenzie

Emily Mackenzie


Twitter: @emilymackenzie_

Emily Mackenzie is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Edinburgh who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. Working mainly with ink, digital collage and screen printing, Emily’s illustrative work draws from childhood memories, an inquisitive nature and a vivid imagination. As well as drawing, Emily loves knitting and generally gets very excited about anything bright and colourful!



Books by Emily MacKenzie

Coming soon: Eric the Panda (January 2018, Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Emily Mackenzie - There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream
There’s Broccoli in My Ice Cream!

Expected publication: September 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Granville loves sweet, sugary, chocky wocky gooey things to eat. NOT fruit and vegetables. Which is a shame, because he comes from a long line of greengrocers and gardeners. So his family come up with a plan to persuade him to be passionate about parsnips and bonkers about broccoli. Only, Granville has a plan of his own and it will surprise everyone!


Emily Mackenzie - Trouble Next Door
Trouble Next Door

Published January 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

From much loved author Chris Higgins and acclaimed illustrator Emily MacKenzie comes a charming new young fiction series about friendship.

Bella has just moved into a new house. It’s old and dark and she’s sure there’s a ghost in the attic! But things look up when she meets her new next-door neighbour Magda. Magda is lots of fun! She’s bubbly and full of imagination and can even turn cartwheels! Soon they are best friends.

But Magda is also trouble! She breaks Bella’s mum’s best tea set, wrecks Bella’s room and covers the whole living room in soot. And somehow makes sure Bella gets the blame for everything.

Bella is going to have watch out because there’s Trouble Next Door!



Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat
Stanley LOVES to knit. He knocks up pom-poms at breakfast time, whips up bobble hats at bath time. He even knits in his sleep!

IBW Book Award, Winner 2016

Published by Bloomsbury, 2016


Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime!

Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards, Winner 2016

Published by Bloomsbury, 2015


Emily MacKenzie is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy –

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Cathy McSporran

Cathy McSporran
Cathy McSporran has published short stories in Chapman, Nerve, Eclogia, Mslexia and other magazines as well as in anthologies and web publications, and has more than a dozen awards for short fiction from the Scottish Association of Writers. She teaches creative writing at Glasgow University, and has published numerous articles and chapters on the fantastic in modern fiction. Cold City, published by Freight Books, is her debut novel.

Cathy McSporran - Cold City Cover

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Sarah Maine

Sarah Maine

Sarah Maine was born in the UK but grew up in Canada. Returning to England for university, she studied archaeology as an undergraduate and postgraduate, working as an archaeologist in York for thirty years. Vacations were spent lecturing for adventure travel companies in Europe and Canada and she still spends as much time as possible travelling. She has recently gone freelance in order to spend more time writing.

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Sarah Maine is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Books by Sarah Maine

Beyond the Wild River
Hodder & Stoughton, April 2017
North American Rights: Atria/Simon & Schuster

This is a story of betrayal and murder set in the Scottish Borders and in the wilderness of northern Canada.  Evelyn was once close to her father, the philanthropic Charles Ballantyre, but when James Douglas is accused of murder all that changes.  Evelyn’s fears, and the strictures of Victorian society, conceal the truth for five years and it is only when all parties meet again on the turbulent Nipigon river that she learns what really happened that afternoon on the banks of the River Tweed.

The House Between Tides
Freight Books, August 2016
North American: Atria/Simon & Schuster
Australia: Allen & Unwin
Germany: Goldmann
Netherlands: AW Bruna

An atmospheric debut novel about a woman who discovers the century-old remains of a murder victim on her family’s Scottish estate, plunging her into an investigation of its mysterious former occupants.

Following the death of her last living relative, Hetty Deveraux leaves London and her strained relationship behind for Muirlan, her ancestral home in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. She intends to renovate the ruinous house into a hotel, but the shocking discovery of human remains brings her ambitious restoration plans to an abrupt halt before they even begin. Few physical clues are left to identify the body, but one thing is certain: this person did not die a natural death.

Hungry for answers, Hetty discovers that Muirlan was once the refuge of her distant relative Theo Blake, the acclaimed painter and naturalist who brought his new bride, Beatrice, there in 1910. Yet ancient gossip and a handful of leads reveal that their marriage was far from perfect; Beatrice eventually vanished from the island, never to return, and Theo withdrew from society, his paintings becoming increasingly dark and disturbing.

What happened between them has remained a mystery, but as Hetty listens to the locals and studies the masterful paintings produced by Theo during his short-lived marriage, she uncovers secrets that still reverberate through the small island community—and will lead her to the identity of the long-hidden body.

Praise for The House Between the Tides

Maine skilfully balances a Daphne du Maurier atmosphere with a Barbara Vine-like psychological mystery…The setting emerges as the strongest personality in this compelling story, evoking passion in the characters as fierce as the storms which always lurk on the horizon. A debut historical thriller which deftly blends classic suspense with modern themes

Kirkus Reviews

Scotland’s Outer Hebrides provides the sensuous setting for [this] impressive debut…[A] beautifully crafted novel

Publishers Weekly

A wonderful first novel, elegantly haunting that will surely stay with the reader long after the tale has ended

The Reading Room

 There is an echo of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca in Sarah Maine’s appealing debut novel, when human remains are found beneath the floorboards of a derelict mansion on a Scottish island… A highly readable debut



Jane Mackenzie


Jane splits her time between the Scottish Highlands and the village of Collioure in Roussillon, French Catalonia. She spent much of her life working in education and has taught all over the world – in Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Papua New Guinea. Most recently, she headed up the UK Government’s Liaison Office at CERN in Switzerland; nowadays, however, she devotes most of her time to writing.

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Jane Mackenzie is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Autumn in Catalonia

Allison & Busby, October 2015

Jane Mackenzie - Autumn in Catalonia

It is 1963, and in her mansion in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Joana idles her days away, banished by her powerful husband and alienated from her family. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, her daughter Carla is impoverished and in trouble. Hating all her parents stand for, Carla has embraced the student movement against the Franco regime, but her father has been watching her, and, just before their wedding, her beloved fiancé Luc is arrested.

Pregnant Carla runs to her grandmother Maria, terrified, powerless to help either Luc or herself. Maria shelters her, but they know their movements are still being followed. Why did her daughter Joana marry into the Franco regime and abandon her family? Maria has never understood.

This is the story of three generations of women, torn apart by the Spanish Civil War. It takes the arrival of an unknown cousin, Martin, for them to start building bridges, to unite to face the enemy together, one autumn in Catalonia.

Praise for Autumn in Catalonia

Mackenzie evocatively captures the beauty of the Banyuls region of France and how its mix of French and Catalan culture forms something unique . . . This is a novel of quiet intensity and deep emotion

Daily Mail


Daughter of Catalonia

Alisson & Busby, April 2014

Daughter of Catalonia - Jane Mackenzie

In war-torn France, charismatic Spaniard Luis elopes with high-born Elise from Paris and takes her to live in a small village in Catalonia. Little do they know that war will rip them apart, sending Elise into unhappy exile in England, and Luis to his death in the Resistance.

Many years later their daughter Madeleine returns to France to seek out her roots and the truth of her parents’ story. But her arrival in the Catalan village of her childhood unleashes more than she had bargained for, as Madeleine confronts the secrets of war and learns the shocking truth behind her father’s death. And as her own love story begins, she must come to terms with her past, and learn to forgive and to believe in the legacy of love her parents left behind.

Praise for Daughter of Catalonia

It is hard to believe it is a first novel, the writing is so good
Newbooks Magazine


William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney, the ‘godfather of Tartan Noir’, was born in the town of Kilmarnock, the son of a former miner. He studied at Kilmarnock Academy and later at the University of Glasgow, after which he worked as an English teacher.

Acclaimed for the mixture of poeticism and grit in their portrayals of working-class Glasgow, Willie’s (as his friends called him) novels remain some of contemporary Scottish literature’s best-loved books. His first novel, Remedy is None, was published in 1966 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; his second, A Gift from Nessus, took a Scottish Arts Council publication award. The semi-autobiographical Docherty was awarded the Whitbread Novel Award in 1975 and its sequel, The Kiln (1996) won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. The Big Man, brought out in 1985, was turned into the 1990 film of the same name starring Liam Neeson and Billy Connolly. Willie was also an acclaimed poet and the author of The Longships in Harbour: Poems (1970) and Surviving the Shipwreck (1991), a book which also contained pieces of journalism, including an essay about T. S. Eliot. His short story ‘Dreaming’ (1989) was filmed by BBC Scotland in 1990 and won a BAFTA. Much of his work has been recently re-published by Canongate.

Yet Willie was possibly best known for the creation of Inspector Jack Laidlaw, the unconventional Glasgow detective who describes his favourite tipple as ‘low-grade hemlock’ and keeps his Camus and Kierkegaard locked in his desk drawer. His Laidlaw trilogy has inspired the next generation of crime writers in Scotland.

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William McIlvanney’s estate is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Selected Books by William McIlvanney

Remedy is None
Canongate, January 2014

Charlie Grant, an intense young student at Glasgow University watches his father die. Overwhelmed by the memory of this humble yet dignified death, Charlie is left to face his own fierce resentment for his adulterous mother.

Praise for Remedy is None

The finest Scottish novelist of our time


Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

William McIlvanney paints a world of harsh reality, but does so in language that is strangely beautiful and hauntingly poetic
Craig Russell


A Gift from Nessus
Canongate, January 2014

Eddie Cameron is a salesman for Rocklight Ltd., an electrical equipment firm in Glasgow, where he has been fiddling the firm’s expenses. Eddie’s life is in tatters – his wife hates him, and his violent temper has left his mistress teetering on the edge of sanity.

Praise for A Gift from Nessus

There is a sense of moral growth in A Gift from Nessus that lifts it out of the ordinary . . . almost frighteningly truthful and moving

The Times

McIlvanney is a compassionate writer and leaves an impression both of high seriousness and great charm

Sunday Telegraph


Canongate, November 2013

Tam Docherty’s youngest son, Conn, is born at the end of 1903 in a small working-class town in the west of Scotland. Tam will stop at nothing to make sure that life and the pits don’t swallow up his boy, the way it did him. Courageous and questioning, Docherty emerges as a leader of almost unshakable strength, but in a close-knit community tradition is a powerful opponent.

Praise for Doherty

Here a human history is mined with humour and a clenching sense of its sombre inequities: man’s squat but lengthening shadow in the sun

The Guardian

He has a hard muscular quality to his writing. Some of his phrases hammer against you like a collier’s pick The Times

An intense, witty and beautifully wrought novel

Daily Telegraph

Winner of the Whitbread Prize 1975


The Kiln

Canongate, January 2014

Tom Docherty was seventeen in the summer of 1955. With school behind him and a summer job at a brick works, Tom had his whole life before him. Years later, alone in a rented flat in Edinburgh and lost in memories, Tom recalls the intellectual and sexual awakening of his youth. In looking back, Tom discovers that only by understanding where he comes from can he make sense of his life as it is now.

Praise for The Kiln

A pitch-perfect blend of warm lyricism, limpid observation and excruciatingly funny comedy. It is a beguilingly brilliant portrait of the artist as an adolescent

Sunday Times

On almost every page it offers matter for reflection and the sudden stab of emotion that comes from reading something that is truly evoked or created . . . It is rare and it is wonderful


McIlvanney plumbs, in language of luminous precision, the tortured psyche of the Scottish character. It’s Greek tragedy, hilarious to boot

Mail on Sunday

The best novel yet from the finest Scottish writer of our time

Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)

Winner of the Saltire Society Book of the Year Prize



Canongate, May 2013

Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city’s shadows.

Praise for Laidlaw


Val McDermid

Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city

Denise Mina

A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind

Christopher Brookmyre

It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw. Here was a literary novelist turning his hand to the urban, contemporary crime novel and proving that the form could tackle big moral concerns and social issues

Ian Rankin

Laidlaw is a fascinating, infuriating and memorable character . . . McIlvanney probes the nature of society and the limitations of human guilt with razor sharpness


The best new character in crime fiction for years

Daily Express
A classic of the genre – a maelstrom of gangland violence, brutal sentimentality and sectarianism told in richly Gothic prose. If you only read one crime novel this year, this should be it – but you’ll undoubtedly want to read the other two books in the trilogy, which will be reissued in a couple of months’ time


Winner of the Crime Writing Association Silver Dagger


The Papers of Tony Veitch
Canongate, June 2013

Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck’s cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.

Praise for The Papers of Tony Veitch

Brilliant . . . grips like a mangling handshake

Sunday Times

The good news is that Laidlaw is back


Fiercely evocative and witty with it . . . McIlvanney renders absurd the traditional distinctions between novelists and writers of detective fiction

Literary Review

Enthralling . . . An unsual, unique rendition of a city and a society



 Strange Loyalties

Canongate, June 2013

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow’s underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as the loved brother he has lost, in a search which leads to a shattering climax.

Praise for Strange Loyalties

Sunday Times

Starts on the streets and ends up in the soul
Daily Telegraph

Told superlatively well. Laidlaw has . . . become even more heroically moving
The Times

In a class of his own