Archive | non-fiction

Karl Whitney

Karl Whitney
Karl Whitney is a writer from Dublin, who specialises in non-fiction work. He’s interested in writing about real life – either stories from the present that he can reconstruct through interviews or experience first-hand as a reporter, or stories from the past that can be gleaned from the historical record. He’s also fascinated by cities and urban form, and landscape more generally. His first book, Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin, was published by Penguin Ireland in September 2014 and was a Guardian book of the week. His work has appeared in the Dublin Review, the White Review, and the London Review of Books, the Guardian and the Irish Times. In 2013 he won the John Heygate Award for travel writing. He is currently working on his second book, Hit Factories: A Journey through the Industrial Cities of British Pop, which will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in May 2019.

Karl is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

James Witts

James Witts

James Witts is a Bristol-based writer whose background is in sports science. His debut book, The Science of the Tour de France, was published in June 2016 by Bloomsbury. He’s also a regular contributor to a number of magazines and newspapers including Cyclist, Cycling Plus, Guardian, Runner’s World, New Scientist, 220 Triathlon and 442. He’s also editor of bi-monthly newsstand title Urban Cyclist.

James is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Davy Zyw

Davy Zyw

Davy Zyw was born and educated in Edinburgh. A lifelong interest in wine propelled him to become the youngest ever British sommelier at Le Gavroche, the Roux brothers world famous restaurant in London’s Mayfair. He then became a wine buyer for Tesco, at one point buying more Italian wines than any other human being on the planet. Davy currently buys wine and champagne for over one million customers worldwide a year for one on the UK’s largest online wine retailers. Davy lives in London and, in his spare time, is a passionate snowboarder.

Davy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/davyzyw

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

Books by Davy Zyw
Davy Zyw - I Love Champagne
I Love Champagne
Freight, forthcoming May 2017

Champagne is an emperor of wines; refined, elegant and exclusive, a universal symbol of celebration and the good life. But with the rise of online and supermarket retailers good quality champagne and has never been more accessible or affordable.

Davy Zyw, a former sommelier at Mayfair’s revered Le Gavroche and once the world’s most prolific buyer of Italian wines, takes us on an extraordinary tour of the best champagne houses of France. With none of the pretensions of traditional wine writers, Davy offers a no-nonsense but fascinating, informative and highly rewarding guide to the history and production of champagne, its most famous houses and tasting notes on his 50 favourite champagnes.

A brilliant way for the ordinary buyer and connoisseur alike to increase their knowledge and enjoyment of one of the greatest drinks in the world.

Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell

Shaun runs Wigtown’s The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland set in its only officially designated ‘National Book Town’. When not working amongst The Bookshop’s mile of shelving, Shaun’s hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed re-workings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild.

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

The Diary of a Bookseller

Profile, August 2017

Shaun Bythell, owner of Wigtown’s The Bookshop, charts the highs and lows of a year in the life of a man passionate and knowledgeable about books, struggling to make a living in rural Britain in the age of Amazon. He travels the country in search of rare books, strikes deals, tries to manage gloriously eccentric members of staff, deals with awkward tourists and loyal customers, and muses on the differences between bookselling now and in 1936 when George Orwell was writing his ‘Bookshop Memories’. It’s a glimpse into a life spent amongst shelves, negotiating his way between books, booklovers and customers asking where the café is…

Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Web: http://www.mickandbrita.com/

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: 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

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

Marvin Close

Marvin Close
Marvin Close authored (with Chuck Korr) the highly acclaimed More Than Just A Game: Football vs Apartheid (HarperCollins), and is currently writing the life story of Hope Powell.

Marvin has also written and storylined over 100 hours of broadcast TV, including numerous episodes for Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Tracey Beaker and Doctors. He also writes for radio and theatre, and is a former writer-in-residence at Manchester’s Library Theatre. He lives on the East Yorkshire coast with his wife Sheily, their four children and Libby the dog, just a bit further up the road from the back of beyond.

Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid is a writer and columnist at the Times. Since 2010, when she fell off her horse and broke her neck, she has written Spinal Column in the Times Saturday Magazine. She has held senior positions at the Scotsman, Sunday Mail and the Herald.

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

Books by Melanie Reid

The Boy From Nowhere
Harper Collins, October 2015

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Growing up outside Glasgow, Gregor was 14 he asked where he was christened and was told that he was adopted. But it wasn’t quite that simple. And so began an unfolding of truths, half-truths and polite cover-ups from his various families.

In 2014 Gregor approached Times columnist Melanie Reid to help him tell his story. Together they travelled through the mining villages of central Scotland to uncover the mystery of his birth and early life. What emerged was a story of secrets, deception, tragic accidents and early death, coldness and rejection from some, but a welcome from the most unexpected of quarters.

From the squalor of industrial Coatbridge after WWI to his own 1950s Glasgow childhood, via a love letter found in the wallet of a dead man, to the meeting with the stranger who claimed to be his sister outside Lost Property at Glasgow Central Station, Gregor’s story was about finding out who he was and where he came from. That’s all he wanted to know.

Chitra Ramaswamy

Chitra Ramaswamy

Chitra Ramaswamy is an award-winning journalist. After cutting her teeth at The Big Issue in Scotland, she moved to Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman where she became one of the newspapers’ leading columnists, book reviewers, interviewers, magazine and feature writers. Her first book, Expecting, won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award 2016. She currently writes for a range of publications including the Guardian. She and her partner and their young son live in Edinburgh.

Chitra’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chitgrrl

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

Books by Chitra

Expecting
Saraband, April 2016

Chitra Ramaswamy - Expecting

When Chitra Ramaswamy discovered she was pregnant, she longed for a book that went above and beyond a manual; a book that did more than describe what was happening in her growing body. One that, instead, got to the very heart of this overwhelming, confusing and exciting experience.

Expecting takes the reader on a physical, emotional, philosophical and artistic odyssey through pregnancy. A memoir exploring each of the nine months of Chitra’s pregnancy, Expecting is refreshingly different and contains elements of narrative non-fiction, travel and nature writing, biology, and literary analysis. The sum is a book of intimate, strange, wild, and lyrical essays that pay tribute to this most extraordinary and ordinary of experiences.

Praise for Expecting

Immediately, poignantly, gripping…magnificent
Zoe Williams, Guardian

Elegant, funny, brimming with acute observations and suffused with a gentle intimacy. Expecting combines a poet’s feel for language with a journalistic candour
Gavin Francis

Beautiful and oddly compelling…All of life is here, oceans are crossed, fates decided, it bristles with love and terror and place, and has a spectacular, blood splattered finale. An extraordinary book and a glorious read
Denise Mina

Like spending time with a particularly wise and funny friend…Writing of great insight, humour and emotional intelligence
The Times

An extraordinary book … to write so well, so richly about so ordinary an event. Lovely
Sara Maitland

Ramaswamy takes the obvious fact that we are all born and turns it into something strange and new
Times Literary Supplement

Winner Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2016

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.

Sally’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sallymag1

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

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