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Sue Martin

Since leaving the homes, Sue Martin has had a number of different jobs including working in retail, on a farm and in childcare before settling on the catering industry. Sue ran a Bed and Breakfast and then set up and ran a successful restaurant in Cornwall.

Books by Sue Martin

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No Way Home
Sue Martin was not three years old when she began life at her first children’s home: a home that could at best be described as cold and regimented; at worst, torturous and terrifying. When her mother abandoned her to the protection of the home, Sue was soon to discover that behind the welcoming doors of this reputedly kind-hearted organisation lay a world steeped in lies, cover-ups, victimisation and abuse. At its heart was Boagey, whose perverse bullying was targeted at Sue. Her attacks quickly progressed from the gratuitous punishment of an innocent child to sordid gratification of her sexual whims. Sue’s story is one of institutional abuse – of physical, mental and emotional torture of the most appalling kind – but it also a story full of joy, humour and many victories – small and large – against her abusers.

Utterly compelling and shockingly revelatory, No Way Home will astound, move and inspire.
World Rights: Random House (Vermilion)
Sue Martin is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland
One of six children, Sara Maitland grew up in Galloway. She took a degree in English from Oxford University, where she discovered socialism, feminism, Christianity and friendship. Having been married to an Anglican priest for twenty years, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993 and now lives a contemplative life in a house on a moor in Northern Galloway.

Sara’s first novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, was published in 1978 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. A Book of Silence, an autobiographical account of her attempts to lead a solitary life, was nominated for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize in 2009, the same year that her short story ‘Moss Witch’ was a runner up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She lectures part-time for Lancaster University’s MA in Creative Writing and is a Fellow of St Chad’s College, Durham. In 2004 Sara was listed as one of the Guardian’s ‘101 Female Public Intellectuals’.

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

Selected Books by Sara
How to Be Alone
Macmillan, January 2014
Part of the School of Life series

Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is literally anti-social and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she helps us to practise it without anxiety and encourages us to see the benefits of spending time by ourselves. By indulging in the experience of being alone, we can be inspired to find our own rewards and ultimately lead more enriched, fuller lives.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20518977-how-to-be-alone

Moss Witch: And Other Stories
Comma Press, September 2013

Each story in Sara Maitland’s new collection enacts a daring kind of alchemy, fusing together raw elements of scientific theory with ancient myth, folkloric archetype and contemporary storytelling. As the laboratory smoke settles, we are treated to a new strain of narrative: a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction, the atavistic and the futuristic. We’re also introduced to a weird and wonderful cast of characters: identical twins who fight bitterly day and night for purely quantum mechanical reasons; an expert on bird migration awaiting the homecoming of her lover on the windswept shores of the Hebrides. All the more remarkable is that each of these stories sprang from a conversation with a scientist and grew directly out of cutting-edge research. As befits their hybrid nature, each is also accompanied by an afterword, specially written by the consulting scientist to introduce us to the wonder behind the weirdness.

 Praise for Moss Witch

She has built bridges that may tempt new minds across to science. How ingenious
The Guardian

Remarkable… Refreshingly different… This collection abounds with revelations for writer, scientist and reader alike
The Irish Times

Simply dazzling; my woodland walks will never be the same
New Scientist

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17594306-moss-witch-and-other-stories?from_search=true

Gossip from the Forest
Granta, November 2012
North American Rights: Counterpoint

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Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient and primal landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us – we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying.

In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the background and the source of fairy tales. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam, whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginative re-telling of a fairy story.

Praise for Gossip from the Forest

In this complex, enchanting book, Maitland combines a wiry retelling of traditional European fairy tales with piercing comments on folklore, history and superstition and a rich evocation of the deep, natural, gnarled life of ancient woodlands

The Times

Maitland is a wonderfully enthusiastic guide to her twinned realms… Her relish is infectious, and I suspect as well as hope her woods will see some new faces this year

Observer

As a follow-up to Maitland’s sublime The Book of Silence, it’s a worthy successor. As something to read on dark nights as the wind lashes the leaves from the trees, it’s damn near perfect

Independent

A playful blend of nonfiction and fable. It is both practical and symbolic, a box of tools and a box of delights

New Statesman

Lyrical, imaginative, a walk through the woods with Sara Maitland offers more refreshment than a vacuum flask of tea. … An enchanted spinning wheel of a book, it turns the world around it into gold

Guardian
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16027969-gossip-from-the-forest

A Book of Silence
Granta, November 2008
North American Rights: Counterpoint

After a noisy upbringing as one of six children, and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland began to crave silence. Over the past five years, she has spent periods of silence in the Sinai desert, the Australian bush, and a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye. Her memoir of these experiences is interwoven with the history of silence through fairy-tale and myth, Western and Eastern religious traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, up to the ambivalence towards silence in contemporary society. Maitland has built a hermitage on an isolated moor in Galloway, and the book culminates powerfully with her experiences of silence in this new home. A Book of Silence is a deeply thoughtful, honest and illuminating memoir about a phenomenon too often neglected in the contemporary world.

Praise for A Book of Silence

This is not a silent book, intimate and generous as it is…Nor did Maitland’s book leave me speechless. Instead, I found myself arguing, conversing, exclaiming at every page. I wanted to be with her every step of the way. And I can hardly wait to see what comes next from this marvellous writer, thinker, seeker

New York Times

Maitland is a bold adventurer and the rest of us, doubtless ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and intellectual challenge of self-sought solitude, are lucky she can give the condition of silence such an articulate voice

Metro

A Book of Silence grapples with ideas at the very heart of what it is to be human, and Sara Maitland is a joyous champion of the countercultural notion that silence is more than simply an absence of noise

Times

This book is partly a cultural history of silence which considers fairy-tales and flotation tanks, solitary confinement and religious orders, but mainly it’s a beautiful and serene memoir about trying to find inner (and outer) peace in a cacophonous world. I adored it

The Bookseller

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4437202-a-book-of-silence

Russel D McLean

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Russel D McLean is the author of The Good Son and The Lost Sister, featuring Dundee PI, J McNee. McLean’s short stories have been published in a variety of markets including Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazineand the 2007 anthology Expletive Deleted, where ‘Pedro Paul’ was singled out by Publisher’s Weekly as “awesomely dark”. He has previously run the highly regarded noir fiction ezine Crime Scene Scotland, and still reviews crime novels both in print and online (The revamped Crime Scene Scotland review and interview hub can be found at http://www.crimescenescotlandreviews.blogspot.com) as well as writing a regular column for the International Thriller Writer’s website – http://www.thrillerwriters.org. He lives in Dundee.
an exceptional talent.” – John Connolly

Books by Russel D McLean

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The Lost Sister
Following on from the highly successful debut The Good Son, Russel McLean’s Scottish Private Eye, J McNee, gets drawn into trying to find a missing girl, the god-daughter of local hard man David Burns. “It was Thursday when Connolly asked for my help. He had a story waiting to break. ‘And break big,’ he said. Foresight? Reporter’s instinct? Either way, he didn’t know the half of it…”. A teenage girl, Mary Furst, is missing in Dundee, Scotland’s fourth city. Her godfather is a known criminal and her mother is hiding a dark secret. For Private Investigator J McNee, what starts as a favour for a friend soon becomes a nightmare as he races to find Mary before it’s too late.
“…compelling … an assured and uncompromising tale to whet the appetite of hardcore crime fans.” – The Big Issue
UK and Commonwealth Rights: Five Leaves Publications
US: Thomas Dunne
Pub date: Oct 2009

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The Good Son
James Robertson, a local farmer, finds the body of his estranged brother hanging from a tree, an apparent suicide. Daniel’s death may seem self-explanatory, but his brother needs closure. Dundonian private investigator, J. McNee, discovers that Daniel was on the run from a London gangster, the kind of man who doesn’t take kindly to being ripped off. Which is why a pair of vicious London hard men are on the loose in Dundee. With the stench of death in the air and McNee still coming to terms with a tragedy from his own past, the fuse is lit on an explosive set of circumstances that threatens to leave no one alive.
impressive” Library Journal (starred)
Russel D McLean hasn’t only made the British PI credible, he’s updated and honed the genre to a razor-sharp edge … tight, sleek and controlled, with an emotional resonance that is utterly refreshing.
– Ray Banks, author of Beast Of Burden
UK and Commonwealth Rights: Five Leaves Publications
US: Thomas Dunne
Pub date: Nov 2008
Russel D McLean is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan – allan@jennybrownassociates.com

Richard Moore

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Richard Moore is a freelance journalist who has written on sport, arts and literature, contributing to the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Herald, Sunday Herald, Guardian and Sunday Times.

Books by Richard Moore

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The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final
The 1988 Seoul Olympics played host to what has been described by some as the dirtiest race of all time, by others as the greatest. The final of the men’s 100 metres at those Olympics is certainly the most infamous in the history of athletics, and more indelibly etched into the consciousness of the sport, the Olympics, and a global audience of millions, than any other athletics event before or since.
World Rights: Wisden New Writing (Bloomsbury)

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Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France
Greg LeMond, ‘L’Americain’: fresh-faced, prodigious newcomer. This is supposed to be his year. Bernard Hinault, ‘The Badger’: aggressive, headstrong, five-time winner of the Tour. He has pledged his unwavering support to his team mate, LeMond. The team is everything in cycling, so the world watches, stunned, as LeMond and Hinault’s explosive rivalry plays out over three high-octane weeks. Slaying the Badger relives the adrenaline and agony as LeMond battles to become the first American to win the Tour, with the Badger relentlessly on the attack.
UK & Commonwealth: Yellow Jersey Press

Laura Marney

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Born and raised in Glasgow, Laura Marney graduated with a degree in Business Administration at Strathclyde University. She worked as a medical sales rep before returning to university to complete an M.Litt in Creative Writing in 2001. Her first novel, No Wonder I Take A Drink, was Waterstone’s Book of the Month, and her second, Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby won her a Writer’s Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council. She teaches part-time on the M.Phil Creative Writing Course at Glasgow University, and also teaches aerobics. Her novels were re-printed in 2012.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauramarney

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

Selected Books by Laura

For Faughie’s Sake

Saraband, May 2014
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Trixie is back! After a few months in cliquey, midge-ridden Inverfaughie, she’ll do anything to escape to Glasgow. But when a Hollywood movie begins filming, she fills her B&B with stunt men – until hungry cows, polo resorts and billionaire property developers kick off a rebellion, leaving Trixie unpaid. Her teenage son is rebelling, too: he’s going to become an eco-energy genius and live in a commune. Meanwhile, an ancient document is unearthed that might change the future of Faughie. Sick of the boring political arguments, Trixie just wants to get out– until she’s offered an enticing bribe. Will she betray the cause, take the money and run, or is another Faughie possible?

Praise for For Faughie’s Sake

Treat yourself to a few biting, funny, intoxicating days in Laura Marney’s irrepressible Highland bolthole

The Daily Record

This brilliant sequel [is] hilarious… Blunt, honest and perceptive

The Skinny

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21946467-for-faughie-s-sake

No Wonder I Take a Drink

Saraband, March 2012

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Trisha, a lonely unsentimental boozer, unexpectedly inherits a home in the Highlands. Leaving behind her estranged husband, his nubile Norwegian girlfriend, her insolent teenage son and her boring job as a pharmaceutical rep, she decides to move up there. But having pictured a rural idyll, all she finds is rain, sheep, a jaywalking dog and kamikaze midges. And more rain. Her social life is so limited that she even contemplates joining the Inversnechty Mental Health Awareness Group just for the craic.

Then three nurses on holiday leave from Saudi Arabia invite Trisha to a ceilidh. A night of whisky-fuelled high jinks ensues which leads to a significant encounter with Spider, the local Lothario, and a dramatic discovery that will change Trisha’s future forever.

Praise for No Wonder I Take A Drink

A gently humorous take on an incomer’s life in the West Highlands’

Guardian

Biting wit, brilliant characterisation and hilarious antics – whether you are 16 or 60, you’ll be rocking in your chair

Scottish Daily Record

Marney’s book is consistently engaging and hits all the right notes

Glasgow Herald

The word on Laura Marney is that she’s Scotland’s best kept literary secret, and for once, the goods live up to the fanfare. Her first novel is a sparkling black comedy with guaranteed out-loud laughs. Marney displays a natural flair for storytelling and her warts-and-all characters ring true

York Evening Press

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/702453.No_Wonder_I_Take_A_Drink

Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby

Saraband, March 2012

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Everbody’s on anti-depressants. They’re all suffering from post-romantic stress disorder. Not being happy all the time makes them unhappy and stressed. Nowadays, not being happy is deeply unfashionable and therefore intolerable, and so everybody’s (secretly) on happy pills.

Bertha chucks Donnie who goes out with Daphne and begs her not to chuck him but then he chucks her and returns to Bertha who inevitably chucks him again. Daphne gets fat. She makes soup all the time and wonders if Woolworths sell a hosepipe to fit a Vauxhall Vectra.

Pierce is a fat balding womaniser whose only steady relationship is with a cup at the sperm bank. He’s the only one not on anti-depressants, and he’s the hero. But it’s not just sniffles and tears. After a few undignified deaths and some life-affirming events it all ends cheerily enough with Pierce saving the day and everybody taking a metaphorical shake to themselves.

Praise for Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby

Marney gives chick lit a shot of adrenalin with a novel featuring one of literature’s most repulsive love objects. Hard-core romance for the bitter and twisted

The Independent 

The obtuse and faintly ridiculous is transformed into a hilarious edgy satire by a Scottish writer who has such a gift for dark humour her books have a heady whiff of Christopher Brookmyre without the body count

Daily Record

 

Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres
Jonathan is based in Edinburgh. He’s a multi-talented individual who used to be a stand-up comedian and then wrote a number of books, including the bestselling books and TV series Yo! Diary! in the late 1990s.

Web: http://www.jonathanmeres.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jonathan-Meres/243458635713525
Twitter: @jonathanmeres

Books by Jonathan Meres

“The World of Norm” Series
2014 is officially THE YEAR OF NORM!
Jonathan Meres saw over 7,000 children at live events this year
    
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World of Norm: May Need Filling In
Published June 2014 by Orchard Books
The World of Norm

In the world of Norm, today is always one of those days. Whether it’s losing his house, getting grounded without leaving bed, or waking up in 18th-century France, there are plenty of bonkers adventures that Norm haphazardly has to get himself out of. This is an abso-flipping-lutely hilarious series about a boy who can’t help getting himself into trouble, and only really wants a quiet life.

The World of Norm: 12: Must End Soon
Published: June 2017 by Orchard Books

The World of Norm: 11: May Be Recycled
Published December 2016 by Orchard Books

The World of Norm: 10: Includes Delivery
Published May 2016 by Orchard Books

The World of Norm: 9: May Still Be Charged
Published October 2015 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 8: May Contain Buts
Published June 2015 by Orchard Books 

World of Norm: 7: Must Be Washed Separately
Published June 2014 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 6: May Need Rebooting
Published June 2014 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 5: May Be Contagious
Published November 2013 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 4: May Require Batteries
Published June 2013 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 3: May Produce Gas
Published October 2012 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 2: May Cause Irritation
Published January 2012 by Orchard Books

World of Norm: 1: May Contain Nuts
Published September 2011 by Orchard Books

Rights to The World of Norm sold in: China, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey
Praise for The World of Norm Series:
Hilarious stuff’ – Harry Hill
For Fans of Jeff Kinney’ – Books for Keeps

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Grandpa was an Astronaut
Published August 2016 by Barrington Stoke

Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more – who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantlepiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman’s most favourite things ever so he’s thrilled to hear that’s exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

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Fame Thing
Published October 2016 by Barrington Stoke

When superstar footballer Dean Johnson moves into George’s village, she gets the shock of her life. He seems like such a normal guy – but the newspapers say he’s a foul-mouthed overpaid yob. Who should George believe?

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The Xmas Factor
Published November 2012 by A&C Black

Hilarious collection of jokes, poems, lists, top tens and Christmas craziness, to make Christmas go with a bang!

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Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words
Published July 2011 by Macmillan Children’s Books

DISCOMBOBULATED Pronounced ~ dis-com-bob-u-lated. Means ~ thrown into confusion. As in ~ the lion is discombobulated by the skateboarding wildebeest. And ~ my parents are discombobulated when I suddenly start speaking Swedish.* A bit like ~ befuddled, bamboozled. Don’t confuse with ~ anything. If you like this word, try ~ nincompoop. * This won’t make any sense if you are actually Swedish.

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“Koala Calamity” – Harper Collins’ ‘Awesome Animals’ Series
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You Snooze You Lose!
Surf’s Up!
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Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words
The XMAS Factor

Janet Morgan

Janet Morgan

Dr Janet Morgan is a writer and consultant who advises governments, companies and other organisations on long-range strategic planning and new technology. She has published widely on politics and broadcasting, edited a four-volume edition of Richard Crossman’s diaries and was responsible for the much-praised biographies of Agatha Christie and Edwina Mountbatten. She currently lives in Scotland.

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

Selected Books by Janet

The Secrets of Rue St Roch

Allen Lane, August 2004

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In 1917 a young British captain based in Paris recruited two unlikely agents to the Allied cause: one, a middle aged woman of good family from Luxembourg, the other an intrepid and exotic Belgian by the name of Baschwitz Meau, well known for his numerous escapes from German camps. Both were to play crucial roles in one of the most remarkable military intelligence operations, hitherto undocumented.

This is the account of an extraordinary espionage operation in the Great War. It is the tale both soldiers and civilians, a story about moral choices, the nature of courage and the discovery by ordinary men and women of what, in extreme circumstances, it was possible for them to do.

Praise for The Secrets of Rue St Roch

An absorbing and meticulous account … Clear, precise and well-narrated

Sunday Times

[An] engrossing spy story…a nail-biting account of the derring-do and cool courage… A rare authentic inside account

Literary Review

Morgan’s accounts are deftly handled and seamlessly woven into her evocations of life under occupation

Daily Telegraph

Explores the most human and unorthodox side of war… Even for readers uninterested in military history, the book offers considerable entertainment

Observer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1574353.The_Secrets_Of_Rue_St_Roch

Graham McColl

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Graham McColl is an experienced writer and journalist, based in Glasgow, where he lives with his wife Jackie and young son, Joseph. He has been a regular contributor to The Times since 2003 and has written 11 books on football since 1995, including Celtic In Europe (Mainstream); United We Stand – The Oral History of Manchester United (Carlton) and, as co-author with Tommy Gemmell, Lion Heart: The Autobiography (Virgin Books).

Books by Graham McColl
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How to Win the World Cup
It is biggest sporting event in the world, watched by billions, in a game played on every scrap of land on the planet. It is every boy’s dream to win it. Yet just seven countries, from only two continents, ever have. Why? And, most importantly, how? “How to Win the World Cup” takes apart all the previous 18 editions of football’s pre-eminent competition to look at the sporting DNA as well as the vital statistics of winning teams. It debunks myths and turns accepted truths on their heads in search of the essence of victory. Home advantage helps, surely? Only once in the past three decades. Well, the best team wins, then; it’s only seven matches, after all. Not since Brazil in 1970 – and don’t ask a Dutchman. By going beyond tactics and teams to examine factors as diverse as team spirit and the choice of captain, media hype and public expectation, the political climate and even the weather (luck, penalties and cheating play a part too, of course), Graham McColl has produced a World Cup book unlike any to have gone before it. And at the end of the day, he looks at what the 32 nations who have qualified for South Africa 2010 are bringing to the table, and if they have what it takes. Did England have the recipe for success? Nope.
World Rights: Transworld

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Dreamland
From Gretna Green to John O’Groats, wild celebrations ensue for the following week. Rubbish is not collected; post isn’t delivered; trains and buses don’t run; grass remains uncut at the height of summer; fish is not landed at the harbours. Nobody cares. It is as if everyone’s birthdays have all come at once; as if two-dozen new years had been rolled into one; as if Scotland had beaten England 6-2 in the final of the World Cup at Wembley Stadium…
The natural home for the World Cup trophy is in Scotland. Every Scotland supporter would agree that this is where, in a fair and equal world, the great prize truly belongs. International football was born in Glasgow and Scotland has produced more talented players per head of population than any other small country – think of Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish, Jim Baxter and Jimmy Johnstone – while Scottish supporters have shown in huge numbers how much they enjoy being at the World Cup finals. The deserved rewards for such a blend of talent and devotion are to be found in this tale of Scotland achieving World-Cup success, putting them on the same level as the great footballing nations – Brazil, Italy and Germany. This alternative version of Scotland’s World-Cup history is truly the stuff of which dreams are made.
World Rights: Hachette Scotland

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Official Biography of Celtic: If You Know Your History
The past 120 years of Celtic’s history have been a rollercoaster ride which only the true fans have been able to stomach. Constituted in a church hall in 1887 to help alleviate the poverty of Glasgow’s East End, it was just two years later that they reached the final of the Scottish Cup. But they had to wait until 1892 to take home the trophy to their new ground Celtic Park. This was the start of a great club, and one which has now taken home close to 50 home and international titles. All the characters, good and bad, old and new, are here: Jock Stein, Billy McNeill, Lou Macari, Fergus McCann, Kenny Dalglish, Martin O’Neill, Henrik Larsson, Gordon Strachan, Jinky Johnstone. And of course, not forgetting some of the less famous characters who have helped shape Celtic and make it the family club it is today. A lifelong fan and previous author of books on Celtic, Graham McColl is ideally placed to bring the character of this great club to life.
World Rights: Headline

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78: How a Nation Lost the World Cup
A collision of circumstances made the 1978 World Cup the most significant ever for Scottish football. It was a tournament that threw up a colourful cascade of characters and incident, unmatched before or since. A backdrop of hysterical Scottish nationalism added to the compelling nature of the drama. Only Scotland could take a squad that was potentially the strongest in the tournament to a World Cup finals and appear to treat the experience with as much professionalism as a Sunday-morning pub-league team. Typically Scotland to have a player expelled from the tournament for using banned stimulants, whilst another contributed a goal considered one of the greatest of that or any other World Cup. Only Scotland, rich as a nation in history and achievement, could view a World Cup as the ultimate test of national self-worth only to turn inward in mass self-loathing when results went the wrong way. Typically Scotland to have had a manager such as Ally MacLeod, the perfect master of ceremonies for a festival of Scotch-kitsch, and a kilted musical-hall shaman, Andy Cameron, performing a ditty on ‘Top of the Pops’ that brazenly promised Scotland would win the World Cup. Well, we didn’t Mr Cameron. And this is how …
‘Written with the utmost tact and good humour, ‘78 is an enjoyable account of a painful episode’
The Scotsman
An enjoyably masochistic read that is full of pathos…this is worth the money for oldies, and also for young enthusiasts who need to be taught about the great perils of hubris’ – Scotland on Sunday
Never again would Scotland be touted as potential World Cup winners, and this excellent book sheds new light on why it still haunts them 28 years later’ – FourFourTwo
this breezy and enjoyable account of Scottish football’s equivalent of the Culloden massacre, with Ally cast in the role of the hopelessly misguided Bonnie Prince Charlie offers some plausible explantions as to why the 1978 team now has assumed a marketable kitsch value and inspire not a little misty-eyed reminsiscing among the less youthful followers of the national team’ – When Saturday Comes
World Rights: Headline

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My Story: Thirty Miles from Paradise
with Bobby Lennox
If I’d had Lennox in my team, I could have played forever. He was one of the best strikers I have ever seen.‘ – Bobby Charlton

One of Britain’s greatest ever footballers, Bobby Lennox epitomises an era in which Celtic were the best and most successful football club in the UK. In May 1967, he and his fellow Lisbon Lions achieved footballing immortality when they lifted the European Cup—the first British side to do so. Lennox’s 300 goals for Celtic and Scotland make him the second-highest goal scorer in Celtic’s history and the highest since the Second World War. With the Scottish national side, Lennox famously scored the second goal in Scotland’s stunning 3-2 victory over England at Wembley in 1967, when the Scots became the first country to defeat the then world champions.
In this definitive autobiography, Lennox recounts with his famous dry wit and openness his part in these extraordinary achievements and reveals aspects of his career which until now he has never previously made public.
World Rights: Headline
Graham McColl is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan -stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Fiona McLaren

Fiona McLaren
Fiona McLaren has worked as an investigative reporter and lives in Scotland.
www.fionamclaren.co.uk

Books by Fiona McLaren
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Da Vinci’s Last Commision
“Riveting . . . Not only does the book open an informed and interesting debate on the evidential history of Jesus, but it will also get people discussing art” – Estelle Lovatt Art of England

The true story of the discovery of a mysterious Renaissance painting and the study of its symbolism which has challenged the international art establishment, orthodox history and the Church, uncovering a censored history which the author claims has been suppressed for 2000 years It’s not surprising that Fiona McLaren’s extraordinary story has attracted international media attention.
When she was 40 Fiona McLaren was given a 500 year old painting of the Madonna and Child which had been gifted to her father years before. Now some 19 years later and after seven years of intense research she has come to the startling conclusion that this beautiful portrait is in fact Leonardo Da Vinci’s last commission, one undertaken in his final three years of life in France as court painter to King Francis l, King of France.

Historical records show that Da Vinci was at the French court at that time but there are no records of his painting anything at all. Yet there are stylistic features in this picture which are attributable to only Leonardo and his school . Fortunately this enigmatic picture was gifted with other artefacts, an engraving, a Quaich and a mysterious map, one commissioned by King Louis XIV of a mysterious Abbot, an Abbot associatied with the Knights Templar. When all these artworks were meticulously examined they all conspired to tell the same story. A heretical one. Fiona McLaren believes that Leonardo painted what at the time would have been considered a heretical masterpiece featuring Mary Magdalene and the child she had with Jesus, more, reading the symbolism in all the works they conspired to say the same thing; mercifully Jesus didn’t die on the cross but survived. He and Mary Magdalene , with her brother, sister and Joseph of Arimethea escaped to France, started a ministry there, before migrating northwards to Scotland.

This explains why there is an extremely rare Papal Bull attached to the back of the portrait of this beautiful mother and child. A Papal Bull issued by Pope Paul V in the mid 1600s, the very Pope who instigated The Secret Archives, placed there to keep this painting out of the public domain and in their safe keeping.

Fiona McLaren has spent years researching the symbolism of the painting and the history behind each minute detail.

UK : Mainstream
France : MA Editions
Brazil : Record
Italy : Newton Compton Editore

Donna Moore

Donna MooreDonna Moore is the author of Go to Helena Handbasket (PointBlank Press, US), her spoof PI debut which won the Lefty Award in 2007 for the most humorous crime fiction novel. She has also had short stories published in various anthologies, including Damn Near DeadHell Of A Woman (both Busted Flush Press), and online at Pulp Pusher, and has been anthologised in the annual Best British Mysteries(Constable). Donna runs the blog Big Beat From Badsville which focuses on Scottish crime fiction.

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Helena Handbasket elbowed her way into my fantasy life, replacing several Hollywood starlets at one stroke” – John Baker, author of White Skin Man

“Bridget Jones meets Raymond Chandler meets Jeffrey Dahmer in …Go To Helena Handbasket, Donna Moore’s brilliant absurd romp of a detective novel”  – Jason Starr, author of Twisted City

Books by Donna Moore

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Old Dogs

La Contessa Letitzia di Ponzo and her sister Signora Teodora Grisiola are not who they might seem. Now in their seventies, they’re actually Letty and Dora, a pair of ex-hookers turned con-artists who’ve decided to steal a pair of gold, jewel-encrusted Tibetan Shih Tzu dog statuettes from a Glasgow museum. Unfortunately, it seems everyone wants to get their hands on the expensive pooches. There’s the dodgy chauffeur; a pair of delinquents who work in a crematorium; an out-of-work insomniac bent on revenge; and an innocent young islander who’s obsessed with returning the dogs to Tibet.

The heist is only the start of the mayhem. The dogs disappear, only to return, as if by magic. And then, just as magically, disappear again. Not unlike the dead body that keeps cropping up in different locations. Or the museum’s curator who’s kidnapped repeatedly, and by different people each time. Much to the bemusement and increasing disbelief of the local constabulary.

And yet the elderly con-artists might just manage to execute their plan and live the rest of their lives in the lap of luxury. That’s if they can avoid the Australian hitman with his sights on a very different future for them…

UK&Commowealth: John Blake
Pub date: April 2010
US rights: Busted Flush Press

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Go To Helena Handbasket

On her latest case, wisecracking Private Investigator, Helena Handbasket, is faced with a lot of tough questions. Did Robin Banks have a hand in the theft of Evan Stubezzi’s jewels? And if so, was the hand one of those packed in ice in the freezer box that was delivered to his brother, Owen? Is there a serial killer on the loose? Or are all those handless corpses with scarlet fish sewn into their chest cavities purely coincidental? What shoes should you wear for a meeting with a killer? Why does her next-door neighbour smell of cheese? Which of her true loves is her real true love? And, more importantly, is there anything in the fridge for dinner?

Can our man-loving, cocktail-loving, food-loving, not-so-very-intrepid heroine answer these questions—any of them—without leaving a cliché unturned? Helena Handbasket, the debut novel by Donna Moore, is the Airplane of mystery novels.

World English Language Rights: PointBlank Press

Donna Moore is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan –allan@jennybrownassociates.com