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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.

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Nicola White

Nicola White
Nicola White grew up in Ireland and New York and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. She lived in London and Belfast before moving to Glasgow to work as a contemporary art curator, moving on to produce arts documentaries for BBC radio and television.

In 2008 she won the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writer Award, and began to publish short stories in a range of journals, anthologies and for broadcast on Radio 4. In 2012 she was Leverhulme Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.

Her novel, In the Rosary Garden, won the Dundee International Book prize and was shortlisted for the 2014 Deanston (now McIlvanny) Prize. It was selected as one of the four best debuts by Val McDermid ‘New Blood’ panel at the Harrogate crime festival and was one of the Glasgow Herald’s 2014 ‘books of the year’.

She publishes non-fiction with The Dublin Review and has contributed essays to numerous visual art publications, such as the National Galleries of Scotland’s 2014 ‘Generation Reader’.

Nicola currently splits her time between Glasgow and the Highlands, which means she lives mostly on the A9.

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Books by Nicola White
Nicola White - In The Rosary Garden
In the Rosary Garden
Published by Cargo/Freight

Summer in Dublin, 1984. Ali Hogan is leaving school, all the possibilities of adult life glistening before her, when her discovery of a murdered newborn in a convent garden shatters her world and resurrects half-formed memories of a terrible incident from her childhood.
For detective Vincent Swan, a dead newborn is a sad, but not particularly unusual, occurrence. But this baby’s resting place in the grounds of a prosperous school, in an Ireland riven by battles over God and reproduction, makes the case a media sensation even as the church moves to suppress it.
Ali flees the media spotlight, seeking refuge at her uncle’s farm in remote Buleen where she starts to put together the fragments of that older tragedy, another infanticide. Meanwhile in Dublin, Swan’s investigation is stalling, forcing him to consider the scraps of evidence that point to Ali Hogan herself.

Praise for In the Rosary Garden

“In the Rosary Garden” is a moving, intelligent and courageous book – both a family story and a genuine thriller.” – AL Kennedy

“A mesmerising tale of secrets and lies rising from the past to strangle the present.” – Val McDermid

“In The Rosary Garden is as good as it gets: a debut shot through with the real, horrifying cruelty of true crime and a heart-race ending.” – Denise Mina

“A vivid thriller. Engrossing right up to its sombre resolution… an arresting debut” – Irish Independent

“An unusual but absorbingly twisting narrative is hugely enhanced by White’s creation of Detective Swan, a complex man whose own frustrated paternal instincts ensure that a highly politicised case becomes very personal indeed.” – The Irish Times

In The Rosary Garden, Nicola White’s superb, pitch-perfect debut, is a compulsive, page-turning crime novel, a haunting slab of Irish family gothic and a moving study of a young woman coming of age in a society deeply unsympathetic to women. Nicola White writes beautifully, with wit, verve, a gift for scene-setting and a compassionate eye for the foibles of her characters. – Declan Hughes, author of the Ed Loy novels.

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.

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Esther W

Esther W

Esther W. spent much of her childhood growing up on South Ronaldsay in Orkney, where her father was convicted of physical and sexual abuse. Today, Esther has a BA in Design and lives in the West Midlands. Her website and blog is, where she charts the day to day demands of being a mother to two wonderful and very active boys while breaking the chains of her past.

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Books by Esther W

If Only I Had Told
Ebury Press, May 2013

When her dad was arrested and imprisoned for violently abusing his fifteen children, Esther thought her life could begin at last. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Another man was ready to take advantage of this vulnerable girl. Social services stepped in again, but this time they made things much, much worse . . .

If Only I Had Told is Esther’s personal and very brave memoir that tells the truth about Orkney’s 1991 satanic sex scandal. It is a shocking account of how two evil men and a flawed system let down not just a young girl but a whole community.


Mark Whitaker

Mark Whitaker is a founding partner of the independent radio production company Pennine Productions. Since 2003 he has produced, written and presented more than twenty documentaries on BBC Radio 4. In 2004 he was awarded Silver in the Sports Category at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for his investigation into rugby culture in South West France – ‘The Land of the Oval Ball’.
He has written for The Times, Guardian, Independent, Observer and New Statesman. He was educated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lives with his wife and two children in the hills of West Yorkshire.

Books by Mark Whitaker

Running for their Lives: The Extraordinary Story of Britain’s Greatest Ever Distance Runners
A poignant account of unrecognized achievement. I shall find it hard to forget the two runners in vests and shorts who stand side by side on the dustjacket of this book.’ – Bryon Rogers, Spectator
Set against a turbulent backdrop of 1920s South Africa, 1930s Canada, war-torn France and 1950s Britain, Running for Their Lives is a story peopled with remarkable characters, unimaginable feats and tragic twists of fate. More importantly it is a homage to two inspirational and eccentric men who only now receive the recognition they so richly deserve.
World Rights: Yellow Jersey Press (Random House)
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Lexie Williamson

Lexie is a yoga instructor and journalist specialising in health and fitness writing. She spent ten years at Haymarket Publishing working on the business titles Campaign, PR Week and Marketing. In 2006 Lexie trained as a yoga instructor with the British Wheel of Yoga. As a runner, cyclist and sprint-distance triathlete, she was keen to become a yoga sports specialist and trained with Yoga Sport Science to offer techniques like targeted stretching, core work, mental training and breathing techniques to athletes.

Lexie has worked one-to-one with sprinters, runners, cyclists, triathletes, tennis players and pistol shooters. She runs group yoga sessions with running and triathlon clubs and teaches Yoga for Runners and Cyclists workshops across Surrey and London. Lexie has written about stretching and yoga for magazines including Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Cycling Plus and Cycling Active. Bloomsbury published two fitness titles by Lexie in 2014 – Yoga for Runners and Yoga for Cyclists.
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Kevin Williamson

Kevin Williamson
Kevin Williamson has lived in Edinburgh since 1979 and feels very much at home there with his daughter and his mates and some of his family and his football team and all the people he likes and the people he bumps into when he walks around aimlessly photographing things. He likes the historic bits of Edinburgh with cobbles and sandstone much more than the shiny new bits with black glass and computer terminals. He can’t get enough of Arthur’s Seat and Portobello beach and Leith Walk and the Botanic Gardens and the house where Robert Louis Stevenson was born and the bars in Iona Street and the back of the East Stand where folk meet for a smoke and a laugh at half time and the National Museum of Scotland with all the butterflies on pins and the view from the top of Calton Hill in the winter. Some days he likes watching bands at the Liquid Rooms or movies at the Cameo and others he likes watching folk lying around in the summer having picnics in the Meadows and taking the long and winding path along the Water of Leith from the Modern Art Gallery to the Shore and staring down at the burnt out shell of La Belle Angele from The Bridges. In a previous life he was a publisher but can’t recall the details and some of his poetry has appeared here and there and some of the things he has done have worked out okay and others haven’t which ain’t a bad batting average.

Books by Kevin Williamson

In A Room Darkened
This is Kevin’s first collection of poetry.
“Like many of the punk generation Williamson seems torn between staying true to his angry, anti-establishment roots and embracing the material comforts of middle-aged contentment. But with a cast including Taggart, Karl Marx, Walt Disney, John Coltrane, Robert the Bruce, Pinocchio, Jesus, Norman MacCaig and Grandmaster Flash, it is a genuine pleasure to watch him swither” – Marc Horne, Scotland on Sunday

UK Rights: Two Ravens Press
Other Rights: JBA
Kevin Williamson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is a journalist on the Sunday Mail.

Books by Jim Wilson

The Iceman: The Rise and Fall of a Crime Lord
Operation Folklore was one of Scotland’s biggest-ever criminal investigations. The police wanted Jamie Stevenson, better known (and feared) as The Iceman. They got him and drugs worth more than £61 million. Sentenced in April this year to the longest money-laundering jail term ever seen in Scotland, justice has finally caught up with The Iceman – but not before he had completed a decade-long rise to the very top of gangland – a rise driven by strategic cunning and calculated but brutal violence. Stevenson was also suspected of gunning down ganglord Tony McGovern in a Glasgow street and a series of other notorious gangland hits. The Iceman tells a grisly history of the violence and terror used to amass his dirty millions.

An empire of drugs trafficking and money laundering that started on the streets of Glasgow. The conviction of Jamie Stevenson has laid bare the blood-soaked criminal career of Scotland’s most powerful gang boss. This is the full story of the law-breaking, the violence and the rise and fall of one of our most dangerous crime lords.
World Rights: Birlinn

Jim Wilson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan –

Esther Woolfson

Esther Woolfson

Esther Woolfson grew up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University. Her acclaimed short stories have appeared in many anthologies and have been read on Radio 4. She has won prizes for both her stories and her nature writing. She has been the recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant and a Writer’s Bursary. Her latest book, Field Notes from a Hidden City (Granta Books), was shortlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing. She lives in Aberdeen.

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Books by Esther Woolfson

Field Notes From a Hidden City

Granta, February 2014
North America: Counterpoint

Field Notes From a Hidden City

Field Notes From a Hidden City
Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements- geographic, atmospheric and environmental- which bring diverse life forms to live in close proximity in cities. Using the circumstances of her own life, house, garden and city, she writes of the animals who live among us: the birds – gulls, starlings, pigeons, sparrows and others – the rats and squirrels, the cetaceans, the spiders and the insects. In beautiful, absorbing prose, Woolfson describes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year, which begins with the exceptional cold and snow of 2010. Influenced by her own long experience of corvids, she considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural world, urban and non-urban wildlife, the values we place on the lives of individual species and the ways in which man and creature live together in cities.
Granta, Feb 2013 – World

Corvus: A Life with Birds

Granta, June 2009

Esther Woolfson’s daughter rescued Chicken, a fledgling rook sixteen years ago. Amazed by their intelligence and personalities, Woolfson became fascinated by corvids. Chicken, Spike the magpie, and, most recently, Ziki the Crow have formed sibling relationships with Woolfson’s daughters and with each other: cached food in her kitchen wall and laid eggs in her living room; called to her at dawn, and perched companionably on her knee of an evening; and taught her more than she ever expected about birds and about human beings. Woolfson’s account of her experiences is funny, touching and beautifully written, and offers fascinating insights into the closeness human beings can achieve with wild creatures.

Praise for Corvus

A delightful account … Woolfson succeeds in showing that we are much closer to birds than we think
Daily Telegraph

Esther Woolfson has lived with a rescued rook called Chicken, as well as a magpie and a crow, and this captivating book about her experiences seamlessly mixes expertise and anecdote in a beautifully written memoir
Evening Standard

A satisfying read from a masterful stylist, this will appeal to any fan of nature writing or personal essays
Publishers Weekly



Dave White

Dave WhiteDave White was born in 1979 and holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Montclair State University. He is a winner and multiple-time nominee for the Derringer Award for best short story and was shortlisted for the 2005 StorySouth Million Writers Award. He has contributed to many anthologies and collections, including The Adventure of the Missing Detective andDamn Nead Dead. His debut novel, When One Man Dies, was published in 2007 and is shortlisted for the Strand Magazine Critics’ Award (Best First Novel). He lives in New Jersey.

A fresh, vital voice energizing the private-eye novel. Do yourself a favor and read Dave White now” – Laura Lippman

Books by Dave White

the-evil-that-men-doThe Evil That Men Do


Stripped of his private investigator’s license and slumming it as a night security guard at a Jersey storage facility, Jackson Donne thinks he’s finally hit rock bottom. Then the bottom really falls out: the sister he hasn’t seen in years shows up, needing help.

Turns out Donne’s Alzheimer’s-stricken mother has begun hinting at long-buried family secrets from her hospital bed, suggesting a sinister—even murderous—past. Meanwhile, Donne’s relatives are suddenly being greeted by blackmail, car bombs, and worse, bullets to the back of the skull.

All Donne wants is to disappear—preferably into a nice frosty pint glass—but he soon realizes that his only chance at saving his family, and himself, is by solving a mystery more than sixty years old. Now he needs to figure out how a hit man, crooked cops, corrupt politics, a kidnapping, and the city of Bayonne all fit together. He’ll discover that old family secrets still have the power to kill in this razor-sharp PI story that makes classic noir new again.


stunning” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Intricate plotting and nonstop action make this a nail-biting read from start to finish” Library Journal

June ‘08
World rights: Crown/Three Rivers Press

when one man diesWhen One Man Dies


A hit and run. Simple as that. And suddenly harmless old Gerry Figuroa is lying dead on the asphalt. New Jersey cop turned private investigator, Jackson Donne, sure as hell doesn’t want to investigate his drinking buddy’s death, but he’s made a promise that leaves him no choice. And before long he’s drawing uncomfortably close to a murderer.

Meanwhile, an apparently routine divorce case takes a dangerous turn and sinister connections to Gerry’s death start to emerge. Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, Donne learns that a bitter old enemy is mixed up in the whole mess. Bill Martin, his ex-narcotics dept partner, has secrets to expose that could reopen the still-aching wounds of Donne’s past. Permanently.

Donne would like nothing better than to crawl back into a bottle and forget he ever heard Gerry Figuroa’s name, but it’s too late for that. Now he’s in way too deep, tangled up in a plot whose tendrils reach far into his town’s past – and his own.


“an engrossing, evocative debut novel”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A unique and artful blend of the PI novel and the police procedural, with a story as deceptively simple as your first love and as fatal as our last car wreck … a terrific novel”James Crumley

Sept ‘07 (US)
World rights: Crown/Three Rivers Press
Romanian rights: RAO International

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