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Nige Tassell

Nige Tassell
Nige Tassell is a sport and music journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Word, FourFourTwo, Esquire, Q, The New Statesman and many others. His forthcoming book – The Bottom Corner: A Season With The Dreamers Of Non-League Football – will be published by Yellow Jersey Press in autumn 2016. He is also the author of Mr Gig: One Man’s Search For The Soul Of Live Music, described by Stuart Maconie as “wise and witty”. Nige lives in the hill country of Somerset with his wife, two children and the entire back catalogue of Half Man Half Biscuit.

Nige is represented by Kevin Pocklington – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

E S Thomson

E S Thomson

Elaine Thomson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire. She has a PhD in the history of medicine and works as a university lecturer in Edinburgh. She was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award. Elaine lives in Edinburgh with her two sons.

Elaine’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/es_thomson

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

Books by E. S. Thomson

Beloved Poison

Constable, March 2016
North America: Pegasus

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Ramshackle and crumbling, trapped in the past and resisting the future, St Saviour’s Infirmary awaits demolition. Within its stinking wards and cramped corridors the doctors bicker and fight. Ambition, jealousy and hatred seethe beneath the veneer of professional courtesy. Always an outsider, and with a secret of her own to hide, apothecary Jem Flockhart observes everything, but says nothing.

And then six tiny coffins are uncovered, inside each a handful of dried flowers and a bundle of mouldering rags. When Jem comes across these strange relics hidden inside the infirmary’s old chapel, her quest to understand their meaning prises open a long-forgotten past – with fatal consequences.

In a trail that leads from the bloody world of the operating theatre and the dissecting table to the notorious squalor of Newgate and the gallows, Jem’s adversary proves to be both powerful and ruthless. As St Saviour’s destruction draws near, the dead are unearthed from their graves whilst the living are forced to make impossible choices. And murder is the price to be paid for the secrets to be kept.

Praise for Beloved Poison

You can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the page
Kirkus Reviews

This outstanding debut historical enthrals with its meticulously researched details
Library Journal

A wonderfully engrossing and evocative read
The Book Bag

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28933550-beloved-poison

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
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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

 

Paul Torday

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Paul Torday was born in 1946 and died after a long illness in December 2013. He read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, was married with two sons by a previous marriage and two stepsons. He lived in Northumberland and spent much of his life in industry, but in the last years of his life was a prolific and highly original, prize-winning novelist.

Books by Paul Torday

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More Than You Can Say
On this showing, Torday has become an accomplished storyteller, able to develop a quirky plotline with aplomb.’ – Mail on Sunday. Richard Gaunt is in trouble. An ex-soldier, he’s haunted by a terrifying tour of duty in Iraq. His relationship has collapsed, he can’t hold down a job – any job – and his late night card sessions in a west London club have racked up a stack of debt. With – seemingly – nowhere to go but up … he recklessly accepts a challenge from one of his gambling cohorts, and sets out to walk to Oxford (from London) in the dead of night. Things go entirely haywire when he’s bundled into the boot of a car, taken to a country house and persuaded, by a mysterious Mister Khan, to marry an unknown woman, for £10,000. This Buchan-esque set up pitches Gaunt into a thrilling adventure, with man on the run chases, encounters with the secret service and terrorists, mansion house hide-aways and a deadly political plot, with Gaunt’s mysterious bride as the beautiful lynchpin.
World Rights: Orion

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The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers
‘a tragicomical contemporary morality tale packed with wit, pathos and sharp class observation.’ Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
Hector Chetwode-Talbot, Eck to his friends, has left the army after a rather nasty moment in Colombia. From a privileged background, he is slightly at a loss as to what to do next, when he is approached by an old army pal, Bilbo Mountwilliam. Bilbo runs an investment fund company and business is booming. Bilbo persuades Eck to join the company as a ‘greeter’, for a person with Eck’s list of contacts is an easy route to a rich seam of moneyed clients. All Eck has to do is supply the contacts with entertainment and large G&Ts and then the fund managers will do the rest. Soon Eck is able to buy himself a luxury sports car and decadent flat in the city. All that is missing in his life is a woman. It is on a golfing trip to France with his friend Henry Newark that Eck first meets Charlie Summers, a fly-by-night entrepreneur who is hiding out in France after a ‘misunderstanding with Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue’. Charlie’s latest scheme is to import Japanese dog food into the UK. Henry casually mentions that Charlie should ‘look us up’ if he is ever in Gloucestershire. Not only does Charlie Summers look Henry up, he arrives with his suitcase, intent on staying with the Newarks and relaunching his dog food business in their area. But with the financial crash looming, Eck begins to ask himself if they are so very different…
World Rights: Orion
Rights sold: Bulgarian (Colibri)

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Girl On The Landing
“You think you know someone – but you never really do.”
Michael is wealthy, decent, boring and locked into the routine of working as Secretary to his gentleman’s club in Mayfair, or else stalking deer on his estate in Perthshire: someone whose idea of an adrenalin rush is playing bridge after dinner.
Elizabeth his wife has married him – not exactly for his money, but not exactly for love, either. Their marriage is passionless and monotonous: on their honeymoon night, Michael’s first thought is to hang his trousers in a trouser press and make sure his shoes have shoe trees in them. Dreary weeks are spent in the dank and gloomy house in a Scottish glen that Michael inherited from his parents. Then, on a visit to friends in Ireland, something appears to trigger a change in Michael’s behaviour. On the way back, Elizabeth tells herself: ‘There was something different about Michael’. And there is: life with Michael suddenly becomes so much more fun….and Elizabeth sees glimpses of a man she could finally fall in love with.
But who – or what – is changing Michael? Who is the girl on the landing? And what does she want…
World Rights: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Rights Sold: Italy (Elliot Edizioni); Finland (Atena Kustannus); Large Print (BBC Audiobooks); Taiwan (Owls);
Film Option: Girl on the Landing Limited
Publication date: February 2009

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The irresistible inheritance of Wilberforce
This compulsive study of addiction proves Torday’s mastery of the dark, as well as the light, realms of fiction’The Times
‘Wilberforce’s eyes went up to the ceiling, so that he did not seem to know how his glass went up full to his mouth and came down empty.
’ – W.M.Thackeray from Vanity Fair.
Wilberforce’s life is coming to an early end; in the late stages of a terminal (and hugely expensive) addiction to fine wines (especially vintage Bordeaux from the grandest and most expensive chateaux), he is diagnosed as suffering from Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a condition found in extreme cases of alcoholism. A major symptom of this illness is false memory, caused by a chemical side effect in the liver as excessive alcohol starts to shut down its functions. And so it is, that one moment Wilberforce is enjoying a glass in a plush London eaterie… and the next he is in Bogota, being pursued by something unspeakable… Bordeaux is a story about addiction – the outer symptom of an inner emptiness.
World Rights: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Rights Sold: US (Harcourt), Germany (Berlin Verlag), France (Lattes), Japan (Hakusui Sha), Italy (Elliot Edizioni); Large Print (Chivers), Unabridged Audio (WF Howes)

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Utterly charming and extremely funny’ – Irish Times.
A witty and moving satire on ‘new / spin’ government, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is also an examination of faith. When Dr Alfred Jones is asked to look into the possibility of introducing salmon into the Yemen, he concludes that it is – quite obviously – a venture doomed to failure. Biologically, it can’t work.
But forced to pursue it, by those that wield power in the corridors of Whitehall, his meetings with the wealthy Yemeni sheikh behind the idea, force him to re-evaluate the project, and his life in general.
World Rights: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Rights Sold: US (Harcourt), Germany (Berlin Verlag), Spain (Ediciones Salamandra), Sweden (Brombergs), Israel (Kinneret), Italy (Rizzoli), France (Editions J C Lattes), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Portugal (ASA), Turkey (Arkabahce Yayincilik), Iceland (Edda), Greece (Minoas), Russia (AST), Japan (Hakusui Sha), Czech Republic (Jota), Croatia (Naklada Ljevak), Poland (Wydawnictwo Literackie), Hungary (Jaffa), Romania (EDITURA LEDA), China (Owl Publishing), Brazil (Editora Record), Netherlands (Arena), Slovenia (Modrijan)

http://www.salmonfishingintheyemen.com
Paul Torday is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Mary Turner Thomson

Mary Turner Thomson

Mary Turner Thomson was born and grew up in Edinburgh. She received a BA Hons degree from Newcastle in Creative and Performing Arts in 1987 and a Marketing Diploma from Napier University in 1992. She is now a marketing consultant, business adviser and motivational trainer. A proud mother of three children, she is rebuilding her life.

Mary’s website: http://maryturnerthomson.com/

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

 

Books by Mary

The Bigamist
Mainstream, April 2008
Netherlands: Boekerij

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On a damp, grey April morning in 2006, Mary Turner Thomson received a call that was to blow her life apart. The woman on the other end of the line calmly told her that she and Will Jordan, Mary’s husband and the father of her two younger children, had been married for fourteen years and had five children together. The Bigamist is the shocking true story of how one man manipulated and deceived an intelligent, independent woman, conning her out of around £200,000 and leaving her near bankrupt to bring up the children he claimed he was physically incapable of fathering.

It’s a story that we all think could never happen to us, but before dismissing her as an easily duped, desperate woman, read how he baited and maintained the traps he used to manipulate and abuse her since before they even met. This book exposes a life-shattering con by an expert charmer who has been practising deceit, fraud and abuse for at least 26 years. It is the story, too, of Mary’s refusal to be beaten and her fight to reclaim her life by choosing not to be a victim.

Praise for The Bigamist

A brilliant and incisive account of her nightmare
Daily Express

I couldn’t put down this gripping read
Woman

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13032349-the-bigamist

 

Graeme Thomson

Graeme Thomson

Graeme Thomson writes on popular culture for the Guardian, the Observer, the Word, Esquire, Time Out and the Herald, and regularly appears on radio programmes such as Radio Scotland’s Songlines and Radio Four’s arts show Front Row. He is the author of Complicated Shadows: The Life & Music of Elvis Costello (Canongate, 2004), included in the Times’ Top Ten music books of 2004, and Willie Nelson: The Outlaw (Virgin, 2006), voted one of the Top 50 music books of all time by GQ magazine in 2007. His third book, I Shot A Man In Reno, was published in Autumn 2008 by Continuum. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and three children.

Books by Graeme Thomson

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Under the Ivy: The Story of Kate Bush

This is the first ever in-depth study of Kate Bush’s life and career. “Under the Ivy” features over 70 unique and revealing new interviews with those who have viewed from up close both the public artist and the private woman: old school friends, early band mates, long-term studio collaborators, former managers, producers, musicians, video directors, dance instructors and record company executives. “Under the Ivy” undertakes a full analysis of Bush’s art. From her pre-teen forays into poetry, through scores of unreleased songs. Every crucial aspect of her music is discussed from her ground-breaking series of albums to her solo live tour. Her pioneering forays into dance, video, film and performance. Combining a wealth of new research with rigorous critical scrutiny, “Under the Ivy” offers a string of fresh insights and perspectives on her unusual upbringing in South London, the blossoming of her talent, her enduring influences and unique working methods, her rejection of live performance, her pioneering use of the studio, her key relationships and her gradual retreat into a semi-mythical privacy.

World Rights: Omnibus Press

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I Shot A Man In Reno 
A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease and General Misadventure, as recounted in Popular Song

Ask the Emo Kid. Ask the Gangsta rap devotee. Ask the Pete Doherty disciple. Ask the self-appointed member of Generation X. Ask the Goth and the Indie kid. Ask the punk, the New York Factory follower and the Californian acid casualty. Ask the grizzled Blues fanatic and the bearded folk fan. Ask the old time country boy and every last rider on the Gospel train. Ask anyone who has ever listened closely to the music of the Beatles. Or the Stones, or the Doors or the Velvet Underground. Or the Smiths, or Tupac, or Ryan Adams, or the Verve, or U2.

Ask and they will all tell you the same thing: death and popular music have forever danced hand-in-hand in funereal waltz time. The tyrannical alliance between the pop charts and the majority of radio stations’ play lists may conspire to convince anyone listening that the world spins on its axis to the tune of Moon and June, to I Love You, You Love Me and, indeed, She Loves You; traditional matters of the Achy Breaky Heart. The rest of us know that we live in a world where red roses will one day become lilies and that death is the motor that drives the greatest and most exhilarating music of all.

A wildly cheering history of the subject of death in popular song.”  – Observer, Best Music Books of 2008

[An] amiable potter around all the genres of the rock and pop graveyard.” – Telegraph, Best Music Books of 2008

Better musical surveys are hard to find, and the results are positively life-affirming.” – Paste

Its contents more than live up to the billing…. a rich and masterful read.” – The Word

One of the most informative and fulfilling music books you’re ever likely to read. An essential volume.” – Record Collector

The long subtitle is a tad inaccurate. This isn’t a history; it’s a commentary. Damned good one, too, by a journalist who knows his stuff and struts it…. Enthralling from the first page, he guarantees rereaders with a penultimate chapter on Europe’s top 10 funeral songs and an appendix of his own, an annotated top 40 of death.” – Booklist

An intriguing, intelligent analysis…. Thomson’s real strength is his understated empathy [and] it’s in making connections between death songs and a life lived that I Shot a Man in Reno really shines.”  – Time Out

Authoritative and sparkling with insight… drawing on a sharp wit and a record collection to apparently rival John Peel’s… this is ten quid well spent.”  – Morning Star

[The] long-running and continually fascinating story of deadly mayhem as narrated in song lyrics.” – Bloomsbury Review

Thomson immerses the reader in the world of death-pop. Counter-intuitively, it’s a jolly read and his top 40 best death-themed songs – or his “DiPod” – show the author has excellent taste, too
Sunday Herald

World Rights: Continuum

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Willie Nelson: The Outlaw

Thomson follows his acclaimed biography of Elvis Costello with a thoroughly-researched and engagingly-written account of the legendary Willie Nelson.

With a face that wouldn’t look out of place carved into Mount Rushmore, Willie Nelson has done it all. A dope smoking, whisky drinking, latter-day cowboy with Native American blood, four wives and seven children: the career of the Grammy winning singer, songwriter and actor spans half a century of American music, touching base with everyone from Patsy Cline to Elvis Presley, Julio Iglesias to Kid Rock, Ryan Adams to Emmylou Harris. Former US President Jimmy Carter, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra became friends, while concert highlights have included Farm Aid, his annual Fourth of July picnics, Woodstock ’99 and the 9/11 memorial. Lows include his mother and father’s early desertion, penury, alcoholism, tempestuous marriages with three divorces, drug busts, bankruptcy at the hands of the IRS, as well as his son’s suicide and an attempt at taking his own life.

A compelling man whose life and music reveals and reflects something fundamental at the very heart of twentieth century America, Willie Nelson is nothing short of a legend. In biographical terms, however, the problem remains that, to date, nobody has looked hard enough behind the legend and mythology to discover what really makes Nelson tick – both as a man and a musician. This is the task that The Outlaw sets itself.

Sharp writing, astute observation and a wry attitude …. make for a lively read and a vivid portrait of an often baffling talent. Recommended.” – Neil Spencer, Observer Music Monthly

An excellent biography. Thomson is too shrewd a biographer to take [Nelson] at his own estimation.” – Paul Du Noyer, The Word

A timely reminder of the stature and achievements of the 72-year-old Texan.” – Adam Sweeting, Telegraph

A fabulous biography of one of country music’s most colourful characters.” – Tatler

Publication Date: March 2006
World Rights: Virgin Books

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Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello

Complicated Shadows paints a detailed and accurate portrait of an intensely private and complex individual. It draws on nearly 50 exclusive interviews with schoolmates, pre-fame friends, early band members, journalists as well as members of The Attractions, producers, collaborators and musicians from all stages of his life and career. Thomson also unearths many previously unknown details about Costello’s early years and his personal life, as well as examining his entire musical output using the recollections of those who were there at the time, the majority of whom have never talked on the subject before.

[A] cracker … meticulously researched and fluently told.” – Observer Music Monthly

Thomson has produced … as believable and fair a picture of the man himself as I suspect is actually possible.” – Herald

A vital read … Thomson here returns one of rock’s most elusive figures to flesh and blood … Definitive.” – Uncut

Brilliantly written . . . in the absence of Elvis Costello putting pen to paper himself, this is far and away the next best thing.” – Record Collector

World Rights: Canongate Books

Graeme Thomson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Alice Thompson

Alice Thompson

Alice Thompson grew up in Edinburgh and read English at Oxford University. After spending the 80s playing keyboards with the almost, but not quite famous, post-punk band The Woodentops, she turned to writing. She was formerly Writer in Residence for Shetland and in 2000, won a Creative Scotland Award. Her first novel, Justine, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and her second, Pandora’s Box, was shortlisted for the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year.

Alice’s website: https://alicethompson1.wordpress.com/

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

Selected Books by Alice

The Book Collector

Salt, November 2015
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In Edwardian England, Violet has a fairy tale existence: loving husband, beautiful baby son and luxurious home. She wants for nothing. But soon after the birth of her baby the idyll begins to disintegrate. Violet becomes obsessed by a book of fairy tales her husband has locked away in a safe. Paranoid hallucinations begin to haunt her and she starts to question her sanity. Meanwhile, vulnerable young women are starting to disappear from the nearby asylum. Soon Violet herself is interned in the asylum for treatment only to discover, on coming out, that her husband has hired a nanny while she has been away, the beautiful, enigmatic Clara. The brutality of the asylum is nothing compared to the horrors that now lie in wait.

Praise for The Book Collector

With a nod to Angela Carter, Thompson takes the myth of Bluebeard, the murdering husband who keeps a tally of his dead wives, sets it down in that Edwardian summer just before the guns of the First World War go off. It’s a superb settling for betrayal and revenge

The Independent on Sunday

The Book Collector shows a wry and sly mind at work throughout. Scottish literature would be thinner without this kind of challenging and cleverly-wrought writing

The Scotsman

The Book Collector throws the essential elements of the gothic chiller into a blender and what emerges is something between pastiche and critique, in which its author never loses sight of the need to give her readers, first and foremost, an un-put-down-able yarn

The Herald 

With its gothic motifs, this dark portrait of a ‘fairytale’ marriage is full of mystery and suspense… An elegant and bloodily shocking entertainment

The Guardian

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26890024-the-book-collector

Burnt Island

Salt, May 2013

Struggling writer Max Long arrives on Burnt Island to work on his next novel. There he encounters bestselling author James Fairfax, whom Max suspects of not being the real author of the book that has made his fortune. Furthermore, Fairfax’s wife has gone missing.

In a desperate bid for success, Max decides to compromise his talent by writing a horror bestseller. Recently divorced and increasingly mentally unstable, he witnesses disturbing visions that take the form of the horror he is attempting to write. Is Max losing his mind – or his soul? What is the truth about Fairfax? And what is the secret of Burnt Island?

Praise for Burnt Island

Burnt Island is steeped in self-awareness, as a book about the process and effect of writing might be. It seems connected by literary electricity to other tales of isolation: The Shining, Pincher Martin, The Sea, The Sea. It might resist ‘character development’, but Max does learn that however bad things can get for him, there is always someone who has had it worse: usually another writer

The Guardian

Fractured and lucid as a dream. Creepy and brilliant

Ian Rankin

[Thompson’s] prose style tackles these questions in spare and simple language, devoid of drama and, it would seem, ambiguity, and in that sense, she avoids echoing the richness of both Angela Carter and John Fowles, even as she appears to be paying her tribute to both of them. It’s a wise decision, as this prose style also matches better the sparse landscape of the island itself. This is a simple yet clever tale, gently satirising literary ambition as it explores the darker sources of inspiration, and told with all the supernatural horror of the best Hammer stories

The Scotsman 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16688630-burnt-island

The Existential Detective

Salt, August 2014

William Blake is a private detective. When he is asked by an eccentric scientist to investigate the whereabouts of his amnesiac missing wife, Louise, Will finds himself entangled in layers of deceptions and disappearances that lead him inexorably back to an unsolved mystery in his own past: the loss of his young daughter Emily.

The case takes Will to brothels, nightclubs and amusement arcades in the Scottish seaside resort of Portobello. Identities become con-fused as his sexual obsession with a nightclub singer becomes entwined with sightings of Louise, his own torturous memories, and new visions of the lost Emily.

The Existential Detective is a surreal, dreamlike story of loss, incest and what it means to remember.

Praise for The Existential Detective

Reminiscent of the dislocation and dream-infested landscape that inhabits Auster’s work… Alice Thompson has bent the detective novel to her own will and produced something rather exciting
Scottish Review of Books

Alice Thompson… grabs hold of the detective fiction tradition, flings it in the air, lets it crash to the floor, and jumps on it till it’s in smithereens. She then reconstructs it into something that doesn’t yet have a name… The Existential Detective is unsettling, unsettlingly erotic, and somehow sadly beautiful. Thompson is fast becoming one of the most original and formidable writers in the English language today
The Sunday Herald

Thompson’s uncanniest – and best – novel yet
The Independent

Thompson … conjures up a strange universe for her characters, drawing the reader in with teasing prose and suggestive paradoxes … but the real suspense comes from the way the author plays with her shadowy characters, her more surreal clues and, ultimately, her readers
Times Literary Supplement

Adrian Tempany

Adrian Tempany
A Liverpool supporter since 1976, Adrian followed his team around the country in the 1980s, and saw first-hand how football needed to change; as a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster he witnessed the worst day in the history of English football.

He is a journalist, and has written features and articles for The Observer, the Financial Times and The Mirror.

Books by Adrian Tempany

And The Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Modern Britain

What happens when you take the people’s game away from the people? What happens to the game, and what happens to the people? Are things as rosy as they appear behind the Sky marketing hype?

And the Sun Shines Now looks at how the football model is of a piece with other major social transformations hatched in the late 80s and early 90s – and which are now imploding. It begins with Hillsborough, where the author nearly lost his life in Britain’s worst sporting tragedy. The book also ends there, and – indeed – colours the book throughout.

World Rights: Faber & Faber

Adrian Tempany is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan  stan@jennybrownassociates.com