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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

Patrick ‘Packie’ Bonner

Packie BonnerAn Irish national hero – a Celtic great and their most-capped player – Patrick ‘Packie’ Bonner was a one-club man who made more appearances for that club than any other goalkeeper. He won numerous league and cup titles at Celtic, including the centenary double in 1988. He also played 80 times for the Irish national team, appearing at two World Cups and one European Championship. Perhaps his greatest moment would come in front of a global audience during the Italia ’90 World Cup tournament when he became the penalty shoot-out hero of the nation by saving a spot-kick that took the Irish to the quarterfinals stage. He is now a technical consultant to Uefa, and works in the media as a football analyst for Sky and the BBC. His memoir will be published by Ebury Press in October 2015.

Packie is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse is a feature writer for football magazines and newspapers. His work appears in the largest German football monthly, 11 Freunde, and he is a regular contributor to FourFourTwo magazine in the UK. His name is also on the masthead of Champions, the offical UEFA Champions League magazine, where he is contributing editor, and he writes a regular column about German football for ESPN. In 2002 When Saturday Comes published his English-language history of German football, Tor!, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. In 2013 Profile published a collection of his football pieces entitled Who Invented the Stepover? (with Paul Simpson). He is currently researching a new book – Inside Bayern Munich – which will be published by Yellow Jersey Press.

Uli is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Meaghan Delahunt

Meaghan Delahunt

Meaghan Delahunt was born in Melbourne, Australia but now lives on the East Coast of Scotland. Her first novel, In The Blue House, was published to widespread acclaim in 2002, winning a regional Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, the Saltire Award for First Novel, a Scottish Arts Council Book of the year award, and places on the Orange Prize longlist and the Christina Stead Prize shortlist. Her second novel, The Red Book (Granta, 2008), was shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award for 2008.

Meaghan was awarded a UNESCO Aschberg literature residency and Scottish Arts Council bursary in 2000 and an Asialink literature residency in 2002. In 2004 she was Writer in Residence in the Management School at St Andrews University, and she now lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling.

Meaghan’s website: http://www.meaghandelahunt.com/

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

Books by Meaghan

To The Island
Granta, June 2011

Meaghan Delahunt - To the Island

He disappeared. That’s all she really knew. In search of her father Andreas, whom she has never met, Lena travels with her small son from Australia to Greece. On the island of Naxos she finds him, a wary, tormented man living in self-imposed exile and haunted by what happened to him under the rule of the Colonels in the 1960s. Slowly Lena unlocks the secrets of her father’s past, and in getting to know him begins to understand the dark realities of contemporary Greek history. To the Island is a book about the impact of larger political events on the lives of ordinary people, and how political and personal betrayals reverberate across generations, beautifully evoking the currents and cross-currents between individuals, within families and in broader society. And in Lena and Andreas’s stories, it shows how difficult it is to confront our personal and collective pasts – and the terrible consequences of being unable to do so.

Praise for To The Island

A wise and compassionate novel, beautifully written
The Times

It is a tale of recovery, of people who go through very bad things and then get better, in a limited and circumscribed way. It has more in common with a novel by Jean Rhys or Ernest Hemingway than the usual story of recovery… The writing is spare, sinewy; the mood goes from dark to a little less dark
The Financial Times

A powerful novel… There is a meditative, painterly quality to this novel, which reflect the way Delahunt, a practising Buddhist, writes and thinks
The Glasgow Herald

This is a novel of quietly intense physicality… Meaghan Delahunt explores the labyrinths of the human heart in a long awaited third novel
Scotland on Sunday

One of the things that lifts Meaghan Delahunt’s novels above the ordinary, besides her attentive and spiky prose, is her political interest… It may always be politics, or a political cause, that anchors Delahunt’s tales, but her mapping of the political onto the personal shows that she never forgets the human faces behind the banners
The Scotsman

Longlisted for the John D. Criticos Prize, London Hellenic Society

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11455072-to-the-island

Sylvia Patterson

Portrait by Rachael Wright

Portrait by Rachael Wright

Sylvia Patterson joined Smash Hits as Staff Writer aged 20 during its mid late 80s heyday when it sold a million copies a fortnight. Life thereafter as an acclaimed freelancer has seen her sprinkling irreverence throughout many publications including NME, The Face, Guardian Guide, The Observer, Sunday Times, Spin, Details, Mojo, Interview, The Word, Q and the UK’s biggest selling woman’s magazine Glamour.

Sylvia Patterson - I'm Not With The Band
Her first book – I’m Not With The Band – will be published by Sphere in June 2016.
Sylvia is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

John Lydon

John Lydon - Public Image Limited
image © Duncan Bryceland / © PiL Official Ltd

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.
John Lydon - Anger is an Energy

John is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Andrew Perry

Andrew PerryAndrew Perry has been writing about popular music professionally for 25 years, but you could add another ten to include his early years on fanzines and student magazines. In the ’90s, he worked on indie magazine Select, rising to Deputy Editor. Since going freelance in 2000, he has written mostly for The Daily Telegraph, Q, Mojo and Numéro. His work has also appeared in titles in America, China, Japan and Australia. He’s now really living the dream, ghost-writing the autobiography of his teenage hero, John Lydon.

Andrew is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Kathleen Jamie

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Kathleen Jamie is a poet and essayist. Raised in Currie, near Edinburgh, she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University, publishing her first poems as an undergraduate. Her 1995 collection The Queen of Sheba won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; The Tree House (2002) also won the Forward Poetry Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; The Overhaul, brought out in 2012, won the Costa Poetry Award. In 2016 Kathleen won both the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year and the overall Saltire Book of the Year for her collection The Bonniest Companie.

In recent years she has turned her pen to essays to much acclaim, with her collection Sightlines winning the John Burroughs Medal and the Orion Book Award in the USA. Kathleen is currently Professor of Poetry at Stirling University. One of her poems is inscribed in on the national monument at Bannockburn.

Kathleen’s website: http://www.kathleenjamie.com/

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

Selected Books by Kathleen

The Bonniest Companie
Picador, October 2015

Kathleen Jamie - The Bonniest Companie

In her extraordinary new collection, Kathleen Jamie examines her native Scotland – a country at once wild and contained, rural and urban – and her place within it. In the author’s own words : ‘2014 was a year of tremendous energy in my native Scotland, and knowing I wanted to embrace that energy and participate in my own way, I resolved to write a poem a week, and follow the cycle of the year.’ The poems also venture into childhood and family memory – and look to ahead to the future. The Bonniest Company is visionary response to a year shaped and charged by both local and global forces, and will stand as a remarkable document of our times.

Winner of Saltire Scottish Book of the Year 2016

Sightlines
Sort Of Books, April 2012
North America: The Experiment

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In this greatly anticipated sequel to Findings, prize-winning poet and renowned nature writer Kathleen Jamie takes a fresh look at her native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote.

Written with her hallmark precision and delicacy, and marked by moments in her own life, Sightlines offers a rare invitation to pause and to pay heed to our surroundings.

Praise for Sightlines

A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader’s ear. Hold her tangible words and they’ll take you places
John Berger

At which point I put the book down again and thought: ‘I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think, like that.’ It’s like this pretty much all the way through
Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

Kathleen Jamie, the Scottish poet, has written a book that transcends the definition of nature study… Sightlines is a work of intense purity and quiet genius and we’re lucky to have it
The Sunday Telegraph

Exquisite. . . There is such a precision, of both thinking and seeing, displayed in these works that you would have to be a very obtuse kind of reader not to realise that Jamie is a poet
The Scotsman

The dance of Jamie’s words enacts the mind in motion as it moves between the shifting, shimmering processes of nature and art
The Guardian

Jamie’s prose is exquisite, yet never indulgent. . . . This is a book that will stay with you, as its sights and sounds have stayed with its writer. [A] work of intense purity and quiet genius, and we’re lucky to have it
The Sunday Telegraph

A haunting new collection from one of our finest nature writers . . . . Immensely beguiling. There are piquant descriptions that stop you in your tracks . . . . but the real power of the writing derives from the steady increment of detail and the honesty of her responses to the natural world
The Sunday Times

Winner of the John Burroughs Medal

Winner of the Orion Book Award

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13818573-sightlines

 

Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack is the author of Sixty Degrees North, published in the UK by Polygon and in North America by Pegasus. The book gained an excellent critical response, was broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and named Guardian Book of the Week. Born and raised in Shetland, Malachy has written widely for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Scottish Review of Books and many other publications, online and in print. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014 and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015.

Malachy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/malachytallack

Malachy’s website: http://www.malachytallack.com/

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

Books by Malachy

The Un-Discovered Islands

Polygon, October 2016

Malachy Tallack, author of the acclaimed Sixty Degrees North, charts a landscape of myths, fakes and mistakes, a cartography of places once believed to be real but now no longer on the map.

Exquisitely illustrated by the renowned Katie Scott, the book tells of two dozen legendary islands discovered and then ‘un-discovered’. Their stories are as colourful as the intricate illustrations that accompany them: from tales of ancient Atlantis to the revelations of modern GPS, from the palm trees and pomegranates of Southern Iraq’s Hufaidh to the freezing fogs of northerly Thule.

Journeying across history through the ex-isles and shadowy semi-lands that have faded from existence into myth, The Un-Discovered Islands introduces a beautifully described geography of imagination, deception, error and possibility.

Praise for The Un-Discovered Islands

This is a fairytale atlas, …it’s a joy to island-hop through – with the giant tentacles of a ruby-red octopus reaching across two pages, here, and a horned narwhal and scaly sea serpent swimming across a page, there. After wowing the world with Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home last year, Tallack’s second book is shaped by the same clear, sharp prose and keen curiosity.
National Geographic

Listed as one of the Guardian’s Best New Travel Books

60 Degrees North

Polygon, July 2015
North America: Pegasus

60 Degrees North – A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Malachy Tallack - 60 Degrees North

The sixtieth parallel marks a borderland between the northern and southern worlds. Wrapping itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway, it crosses the tip of Greenland and the southern coast of Alaska, and slices the great expanses of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life.

In Sixty Degrees North, Tallack travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory.

Sixty Degrees North is an intimate book, one that begins with the author’s loss of his father and his own troubled relationship with Shetland, and concludes with an acceptance of loss and an embrace – ultimately a love – of the place he calls home.

Praise for 60 Degrees North

It’s a joy to read, its prose as clear as the light on the Greenland ice-cap
Telegraph

It is a brave book . . . and a beautiful book
Robert Macfarlane

A subtle, thoughtful study of life on the sixtieth parallel
Financial Times

Malachy is a fine, sensitive writer with an eye for detail and a talent for descriptive prose
Herald

Nothing short of remarkable… He takes the brave step of putting himself right at the heart of the story, using his own experiences to ask searching, never-less-than fascinating questions about identity, homecoming and what it means to truly belong to a place
Scotland on Sunday

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26889749-sixty-degrees-north