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Edward Ross

Edward Ross

Web: http://edwardmaross.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter: @edward_ross

Edward Ross is an Edinburgh based comic book artist, writer and occasional tutor. He is the creator of Filmish – A Graphic Journey Through Film, a comic that guides readers through movie history. Working with collaborator Dr. James Hall he has also created a number of science themed comics for universities, museums, charities and research bodies.

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

Maggie Ritchie

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Maggie Ritchie graduated with Distinction from the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing MLitt programme in 2012 and was awarded the Curtis Brown Prize. Her first novel Paris Kiss was long-listed for the 2013 Mslexia Novel Competition and was runner-up for the 2012 Sceptre Prize.

A freelance journalist, Maggie writes for the national and Scottish press, including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, the Guardian, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Herald, the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail. Maggie lives in Glasgow with her husband and their son, and is currently working on a second novel.

Maggie’s website: http://maggieritchie.com/

Maggie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mallonritchie

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

Books by Maggie Ritchie

Paris Kiss
Saraband, February 2015

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Bohemian Paris in the 1880s. Exotic, strange and exciting, especially to young English sculptor Jessie Lipscomb, who joins her friend Camille to become a protégée of the great Auguste Rodin. Jessie and Camille enjoy a passionate friendship and explore the demi-monde of the vibrant city, meeting artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and the boldly unconventional Rosa Bonheur. But when Rodin and Camille embark on a scandalous affair, Jessie is cast as their unwilling go-between and their friendship unravels. Years later she tracks her down to an insane asylum where Camille tells her an explosive secret. Can their friendship survive the betrayal?

Praise for Paris Kiss

 Flows from the page like a piece of art
Sunday Mirror

A touching tale of friendship, love and betrayal set against a colourful backdrop of the Paris art world
France Magazine

Jessie’s adventures as a woman artist in 1880s Paris completely captivated me. A wonderful story
Carmen Reid

A beautifully written evocation of the Parisian art scene of the late 1800s… It is a mesmerising canvas of love, friendship and betrayal
Laura Marney
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23582577-paris-kiss

Willie Robertson

Willie Robertson
Willie Robertson grew up in Dundee. He runs a company that delivers specialist training in the oil and gas industry all over the world.

Books by Willie Robertson

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On The Milk
Set in Dundee in 1962, this evocative and very funny memoir traces Willie Robertson’s experiences from his first day as a milk laddie on the back of ‘Fletcher’s Dairies’ delivery lorry, through to earning the exalted rank of journeyman deliverer; before finally leaving the warmth and comfort of the pack to creep tentatively into the big boys’ world of mods, rockers, sex, teenage rebellion and proper full time work. It’s a story which could equally be told about boys in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Birmingham, London, or any other town in Britain at the time; because it reflects all the optimism, innocence and harshness that shaped the lives of adolescent boys in working class Britain in the early sixties; when the Lone Ranger fired silver bullets and the local beat bobby gave you a hard clout around the ear when you got out of hand.
Hachette Books Scotland, 2009
Willie Robertson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny – jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Sandra Ruttan

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Described as “one of crime fiction’s hot new voices” by Rick Mofina, Sandra Ruttan is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Spinetingler Magazine and her short fiction has appeared in Out of the Gutter, Crimespree Magazine, Pulp Pusher, Demolition, The Cynic and Mouth Full of Bullets. She had her first newspaper column at the age of 13 and launched the Nolan, Hart and Tain series with her book, WHAT BURNS WITHIN, which was followed by THE FRAILTY OF FLESH. LULLABY FOR THE NAMELESS, the third book in the series, is available in December, 2009. For more information, visit her website at http://www.sandraruttan.com
“Sandra Ruttan writes with utter ferocity. Twists and turns that stun and dialogue that absolutely crackles with wit and authenticity. With each page, Ruttan delivers the goods.” – – Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of A WICKED SNOW.

Books by Sandra Ruttan

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Lullaby For The Nameless
“a vivid, noir portrait of the hard-scrabble small towns, ethnic tensions, dark urban corners, and deep forest environments of contemporary Canada, through the eyes of three fascinating, troubled investigators” – – Glenn Harper, International Noir Fiction

Her body was found in a dumpster. But one look at the victim told Hart and Tain that this would be no ordinary investigation. There were details eerily similar to the first case that they had worked on together, a search for a terrifying murderer called the Missing Killer. And when they saw the victim’s face they realized something else—this woman was the only one to have escaped the Missing Killer with her life. But Hart, Tain and Nolan solved that case almost two years ago. The killer is dead. Isn’t he? Is someone out to finish what the Missing Killer started? Or did they get the wrong man?
World English rights: Dorchester
Sandra Ruttan is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan – allan@jennybrownassociates.com

Rob Robertson

Rob Robertson
Rob Robertson is an award-winning staff sports writer with The Scottish Daily Mail. He is a former Scotland Young Journalist of the Year and Scotland Campaigning Journalist of the Year and has held staff jobs at top Scottish newspapers including the Aberdeen Evening Express, the Glasgow Evening Times, the Edinburgh Evening News, Scottish Sunday Mail and The Herald. He collaborated with Willie for five years on his column for The Herald and they have remained in touch ever since. Rob has previously written books on the rise of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray and the inside story of how Vladimir Romanov took control of Heart of Midlothian football club.

Books by Rob Robertson

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The Management
Based on exclusive interviews, Michael Grant and Rob Robertson reveal the huge contribution Scots managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson, George Graham, Jim McLean, Eddie Turnbull, Graeme Souness, Gordon Strachan, Kenny Dalglish, David Moyes, Alex McLeish and Walter Smith, as well as a host of others, have made to the world game.
“Scotland’s record as a producer of outstanding team mangers dwarfs that of any other country in the world. This excellent book provides vivid and fascinating insights into that remarkable distinction” – Hugh McIlvanney
“The scale of this book is vast … wonderful, memorable and moving… [this is] intoxicating reading” – The Scotsman
“A seminal tome … fascinating” – Daily Record
World Rights: Birlinn

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The Don: The Willie Miller Story
Willie Miller is a hero to tens of thousands of Aberdeen and Scotland fans after a glittering career that made him one of the country’s most capped and celebrated players, as well as the most successful ever club captain outside the Old Firm. This book gives a unique insight into professional football during Miller’s era and what it was like to lead a team managed by Sir Alex Ferguson and hold aloft the European Cup-Winners’ Cup after victory over Real Madrid in 1983. It also tells previously untold stories about Sir Alex gleaned from their seven successful years together at Aberdeen. During that time Aberdeen won three Scottish league titles, four Scottish Cups, one Scottish League Cup, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup.

Rob Robertson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Craig Robertson

Craig RobertsonDuring his 20-year career with the Sunday Post in Glasgow, Craig Robertson has interviewed three recent Prime Ministers, attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, been pilloried on breakfasttelevision, beaten Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, been among the first to interview Susan Boyle, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India. RANDOM is his first novel.

 

Books by Craig Robertson

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A murder investigation frozen in time is beginning to melt. November 1993. Scotland is in the grip of an ice-cold winter and the Lake of Menteith is frozen over. A young man and woman walk across the ice to the historic island of Inchmahome which lies in the middle of the lake. Only the man returns. In the spring, as staff prepare the abbey ruins for summer visitors, they discover the body of a girl, her skull violently crushed. Present day. Retired detective Alan Narey is still haunted by the unsolved crime. Desperate to relieve her ailing father’s conscience, DS Rachel Narey risks her job and reputation by returning to the Lake of Menteith and unofficially reopening the cold case. With the help of police photographer Tony Winter, Rachel prepares a dangerous gambit to uncover the killer’s identity – little knowing who that truly is. Despite the freezing temperatures the ice cold case begins to thaw, and with it a tide of secrets long frozen in time are suddenly and shockingly unleashed.

UK & Commonwealth: Simon & Schuster

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A series of high-profile shootings by a lone sniper leaves Glasgow terrorised and police photographer Tony Craith – a man with a tragic hidden past – mystified. Who is behind the executions of some of the most notorious drug lords in the city? As more shootings occur – including those of police officers – the authorities realise they have a vigilante on their hands. Meanwhile, Tony investigates a link between the victims and a schoolboy who has been badly beaten. Seemingly unconnected, they share a strange link. As Tony delves deeper, his quest for the truth and his search for the killer lead him down dark and dangerous paths.

Publication date: April 2011
UK & Comm.: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Other rights: JBA

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Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed.

If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and why the killer selects his victims, she would be well on her way to catching him.  But as the police, the press and a threatening figure from Glasgow’s underworld finally begin to close in on The Cutter, his carefully-laid plans threaten to unravel – with horrifying consequences . . .

UK & Comm.: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Rights Sold: Germany (Random House)
Other rights: JBA

Craig Robertson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com