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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

The Champagne Man
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…

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

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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

Gregor Fisher

Gregor Fisher

BAFTA award-winning Gregor Fisher first became a household name with his portrayal of Rab C Nesbitt in the multi-award-winning BBC sitcom of the same name. His extensive television career includes ten series of Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch & Wry and five series of Naked Video. He has starred in BBC dramas such as Blood Red Roses, The Tales of Para Handy and Gormenghast. His film credits include Another Time, Another Place, White Mischief and Love Actually. He has a leading role in the soon to be released remake of Whisky Galore. His numerous stage appearances range from Chekhov and Shakespeare to Pinter. His autobiography, The Boy from Nowhere, was published in 2015 and accompanied by a BBC One Scotland documentary, In Search of Gregor Fisher, which followed Fisher and ghostwriter Melanie Reid during their research for the book.

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

Books by Gregor Fisher

The Boy From Nowhere
Harper Collins, October 2015

Gregor Fisher - The Boy from Nowhere

Growing up outside Glasgow, Gregor was fourteen 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

Rudi Esch

Rudi Esch
Rudi Esch was born in Düsseldorf and studied Modern German Literature and Philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-University. From 1983 he has played an active part in the Düsseldorf music scene, performing with several punk and new wave bands. In 1987 he formed a band with Klaus Dinger, formerly front man with NEU! Since 1988 Rudi has played bass guitar for electronic rock band Die Krupps, and he works as instrumentalist, composer, lyricist and producer. His first book, Electri_city, an oral account of the electronic music scene in Düsseldorf in the 1970s, was published by Suhrkamp to rave reviews in Germany in 2014. Omnibus Press will publish in 2016 for the English language market.

Rudi is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Rudi Esch - Electri_city

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