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Cass Green

Cass Green
Cass Green

Had me gripped from first page to last – completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls
Ruth Ware, author of In A Dark Dark Wood

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.

Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close.

Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help.

But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…
Cass Green - The Woman Next Door
Cass Green is the adult pen name of Caroline Green, an award -winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks and Hold Your Breath garnered rave reviews and were shortlisted for eleven awards between them, including: The Amazing Book Award; The Catalyst Book Award The Leeds Book Award; The Hampshire Book Award; Sefton Super Reads, the Oldham Book Award and The Stockport Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. Caroline has been a journalist for over twenty years and has written for many broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines.

World English: HarperCollins
All other rights: JBA

Emily MacKenzie

Emily Mackenzie


Web: http://www.emilymackenzie.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilyillustrator
Twitter: @emilymackenzie_

Emily Mackenzie is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Edinburgh who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. Working mainly with ink, digital collage and screen printing, Emily’s illustrative work draws from childhood memories, an inquisitive nature and a vivid imagination. As well as drawing, Emily loves knitting and generally gets very excited about anything bright and colourful!



Books by Emily MacKenzie

Coming soon: Eric the Panda (January 2018, Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Emily Mackenzie - There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream
There’s Broccoli in My Ice Cream!

Expected publication: September 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Granville loves sweet, sugary, chocky wocky gooey things to eat. NOT fruit and vegetables. Which is a shame, because he comes from a long line of greengrocers and gardeners. So his family come up with a plan to persuade him to be passionate about parsnips and bonkers about broccoli. Only, Granville has a plan of his own and it will surprise everyone!


Emily Mackenzie - Trouble Next Door
Trouble Next Door

Published January 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

From much loved author Chris Higgins and acclaimed illustrator Emily MacKenzie comes a charming new young fiction series about friendship.

Bella has just moved into a new house. It’s old and dark and she’s sure there’s a ghost in the attic! But things look up when she meets her new next-door neighbour Magda. Magda is lots of fun! She’s bubbly and full of imagination and can even turn cartwheels! Soon they are best friends.

But Magda is also trouble! She breaks Bella’s mum’s best tea set, wrecks Bella’s room and covers the whole living room in soot. And somehow makes sure Bella gets the blame for everything.

Bella is going to have watch out because there’s Trouble Next Door!



Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat
Stanley LOVES to knit. He knocks up pom-poms at breakfast time, whips up bobble hats at bath time. He even knits in his sleep!

IBW Book Award, Winner 2016

Published by Bloomsbury, 2016


Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime!

Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards, Winner 2016

Published by Bloomsbury, 2015


Emily MacKenzie is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy –lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

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Shelley Sclater

Shelley Day Sclater was born in Newcastle and lives in Edinburgh. In former lives, she has been a lawyer, an academic psychologist and a research professor, in which capacities she wrote and edited numerous articles and books on topics as diverse as surrogacy, autonomy, identity, and divorce. Shelley now mainly writes fiction and has studied Creative Writing at Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities. Shelley’s short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, on-line and in anthologies, most recently in New Writing Scotland 31. She is currently researching her second novel Muriel’s Story and working on a book for young people, provisionally titled The Other.

The Confession of Stella Moon
Set in the North East of England in the late 1970s, The Confession of Stella Moon is a dark brooding tale of matricide and infanticide with a touch of the supernatural. The story opens as young Stella Moon is leaving prison having served her sentence for killing her mother, Muriel. Her plans to restart her life fall to pieces when she discovers a family secret she’d rather not have known.

The novel was shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship and went on to win New Writing North’s Andrea Badenoch Award 2011 when it was still work-in-progress. It’s recently been shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Award 2013.

Saraband, Spring 2016

Jane Mackenzie


Jane splits her time between the Scottish Highlands and the village of Collioure in Roussillon, French Catalonia. She spent much of her life working in education and has taught all over the world – in Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Papua New Guinea. Most recently, she headed up the UK Government’s Liaison Office at CERN in Switzerland; nowadays, however, she devotes most of her time to writing.

Janes’s website: http://janemackenzie.co.uk/

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

Autumn in Catalonia

Allison & Busby, October 2015

Jane Mackenzie - Autumn in Catalonia

It is 1963, and in her mansion in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Joana idles her days away, banished by her powerful husband and alienated from her family. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, her daughter Carla is impoverished and in trouble. Hating all her parents stand for, Carla has embraced the student movement against the Franco regime, but her father has been watching her, and, just before their wedding, her beloved fiancé Luc is arrested.

Pregnant Carla runs to her grandmother Maria, terrified, powerless to help either Luc or herself. Maria shelters her, but they know their movements are still being followed. Why did her daughter Joana marry into the Franco regime and abandon her family? Maria has never understood.

This is the story of three generations of women, torn apart by the Spanish Civil War. It takes the arrival of an unknown cousin, Martin, for them to start building bridges, to unite to face the enemy together, one autumn in Catalonia.

Praise for Autumn in Catalonia

Mackenzie evocatively captures the beauty of the Banyuls region of France and how its mix of French and Catalan culture forms something unique . . . This is a novel of quiet intensity and deep emotion

Daily Mail

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26876098-autumn-in-catalonia

Daughter of Catalonia

Alisson & Busby, April 2014

Daughter of Catalonia - Jane Mackenzie

In war-torn France, charismatic Spaniard Luis elopes with high-born Elise from Paris and takes her to live in a small village in Catalonia. Little do they know that war will rip them apart, sending Elise into unhappy exile in England, and Luis to his death in the Resistance.

Many years later their daughter Madeleine returns to France to seek out her roots and the truth of her parents’ story. But her arrival in the Catalan village of her childhood unleashes more than she had bargained for, as Madeleine confronts the secrets of war and learns the shocking truth behind her father’s death. And as her own love story begins, she must come to terms with her past, and learn to forgive and to believe in the legacy of love her parents left behind.

Praise for Daughter of Catalonia

It is hard to believe it is a first novel, the writing is so good
Newbooks Magazine

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19548758-daughter-of-catalonia

Hania Allen

Hania Allen
Hanna Allen was born in Liverpool of Polish parents, and holds an honours degree and a doctorate, both in physics, from the University of St Andrews. As a child, she wanted to go into space and came a fair way (but not quite far enough) in the Project Juno competition to find Britain’s first astronaut. She has worked in education: as a physics researcher, a maths teacher, a research programmer, an IT officer, and finally in information management as part of the University of St Andrews’ senior management team, a post she left to write full-time.

When not writing, she indulges her other passion, music, and can be seen at her local cinema watching operas from the Met, or playing the piano with her musically gifted godchildren, making up for in enthusiasm what she lacks in talent. She has lived in Scotland for longer than she has lived anywhere else and loves the country and its people, despite the nine months of rain and three months of bad weather. She currently resides in a fishing village in Fife.

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

Books by Hania
The Polish Detective
Constable, forthcoming January 2018

Allen’s next crime novels will be set in Dundee, introducing Detective Sergeant Danuta Gorska.

Constable’s Krystyna Green said of the new series: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled with this two book acquisition as I’ve been looking for an authentically voiced Polish detective for years, and Dundee – the city of Discovery! – is the perfect setting for this protagonist’.

Von Valenti Series
Double Tap (#2)
Freight Books, April 2015
Hania Allen - Double Tap

A professional hit during an executive paintball game demands all of Von’s skills as a detective.

Leaving the Police and chasing her errant daughter, Von has relocated to Edinburgh where she’s set up as a Private Detective. She is asked to investigate a professional hit, an infamous ‘double tap’, that has occurred during an executive paint-ball game. As always nothing is as it seems as Von must use all her intelligence, tenacity and skills to unravel the truth from a web of lies that surrounds the case.

Praise for Double Tap
‘Hania Allen’s second novel is a confident, darkly witty tale that made me lock the door and keep turning the pages. Her Edinburgh feels solid, with welcome details adding texture to the familiarity of Scotland’s capital. But it’s her characters who impress: Von is a realistic and fascinating take on the PI – a character and profession sorely underlooked in UK crime fiction, and presented here in an emotionally honest and utterly believable light. […] Double Tap is a pitch-perfect period piece combined with a clever mystery, but more than that, it’s a witty, tense crime novel written in a highly readable style, and with an authenticity of character, procedure and place that is rare and exciting to discover. Read this right now. You won’t regret it’
Russel D McLean, author of the J McNee detective series

The plot is fast-moving, and ends with a satisfyingly suspense-filled double twist. I really loved the atmospheric use of the Edinburgh settings
Promoting Crime Fiction

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23398275-double-tap

Jack in the Box (#1)
Freight Books, April 2014

Jack in the Box - Hania Allen
Jack in the Box

London, 2000. When DCI Von Valenti is called to investigate the murder of Max Quincey, her Chief Superintendent’s actor brother, she is struck by the resemblance of the modus operandi to that of unsolved murders in Soho fifteen years before. Those murders, known as the ‘Jack in the Box murders’ because of the mutilated Jack in the Box left at the scene of the crime, were of young male prostitutes who were blinded and strangled. At the time, a play, ‘Jack in the Box’, was running in London’s West End, directed by Max Quincey himself, and Von has not failed to notice that Quincey’s murder coincides with the play’s return.

But when she and her number two, DI Steve English, begin their investigation, no-one will tell her anything about Quincey’s murder. Everyone is lying. Von soon finds herself drawn more and more to the case of the rent boys. Can she penetrate the wall of silence to find what links the present to the past?

Praise for Jack in the Box
Nicely nasty in all the right places, this is an assured debut by Hania Allen. She has drawn a feisty and determined protagonist in Von Valenti and we will surely see her again. The story rattles along until bringing the curtain down with an unnerving twist
Craig Robertson, author of Cold Grave, Random and Witness the Dead

Captivating characters and an intriguing plot. A great new find for crime fans
Lin Anderson, author of the Rhona MacLeod crime series

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21470745-jack-in-the-box

Tom Pow

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. Most recently, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (Salt Publishing) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book Awards in 2009. He has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays and a travel book about Peru.

He has held various writing posts, including that of Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Virtual Writer in Residence (Scotland’s first) for the Scottish Library Association’s Scottish Writers Project. He was the first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2001 to 2003. From 2000 to 2009, he worked for the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, latterly as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Storytelling. Tom is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University Dumfries and a part-time lecturer on Lancaster University’s distance learning Masters in Creative Writing.

Tom’s website: http://www.tompow.co.uk/

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

Selected Books by Tom Pow

Scabbit Isle
Corgi Children’s, January 2015

The first time Sam sees the mysterious figure of Janet she vanishes into the deserted fields beyond the town where nothing has ever been built. Sam learns that centuries before this was the place to which plague victims were banished – Scabbit Isle – a place of terror. With the help of Mr Carruthers, the old curator of the local museum, Sam gradually uncovers the horror of Janet’s story – consigned to Scabbit Isle by her cruel father and abandoned by her weak lover, Janet suffers without hope. She will continue to do so, if she can’t find someone who, for love, will risk all to enter the plague colony to release her. Janet seems to be beckoning Sam to help her and a tragedy within Sam’s own family brings Sam even closer to Janet’s fate. Janet is the same age that Sam’s twin sister Alice would have been had she not been killed in an accident. It is a loss from which Sam’s father, in particular, has never recovered. Can Sam summon up the courage to face the terrors of Scabbit Isle and, like Orpheus, venture into the underworld to bring Janet peace?

Praise for Scabbit Isle

Three strands of narrative are pleasingly woven together in this gentle and moving short novel
The School Librarian

This book is a rich and humbling experience on many levels

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/869594.Scabbit_Isle

A Wild Adventure
Polygon, June 2014


Tom Pow’s beautiful, powerful poems examine the remarkable life of Thomas Watling. Watling was born in Dumfries in September 1762 and raised by a long-suffering maiden aunt. Convicted of forging Bank of Scotland one-guinea notes he was sentenced to fourteen years in the recently founded colony of Botany Bay in Australia. The first professional artist to arrive in the colony, Watling was seconded to its Surgeon General (and amateur naturalist) John White. His pioneer paintings of birds, animals and the landscape became some of the principal records of the earliest days of Australia. He was eventually pardoned, on 5 April 1797, and left Australia, eventually returning home to Dumfries. He died there, most likely in 1814.

Concerning the Atlas of Scotland: And Other Poems
Polygon, August 2014


Tom Pow spent six months as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh. He was so inspired by the collection that they hold and by the stories that they tell that he wrote a collection of poetry based on that experience. Published by Polygon but with input from the National Library and illustrated with details from the collection, this beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers.

Praise for Concerning the Atlas of Scotland

This beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers

In Another World
Polygon, June 2012


In one of the great defining moments in human history, more people now live in cities than in rural areas, and the effects of this depopulation and the plummeting birth-rate are being felt keenly throughout Europe, which has the fastest-declining population in the world. Tom Pow sets out to explore what this means in some of the most rapidly vanishing areas of Europe. From Spain to Russia, he uses the tools of his trade – travelogue, essay, story and poem – to make connections, not only with what he encounters in numerous dying villages, but to reflect on his own experiences of memory, identity and loss. In Another World is an open book: not an argument, but an invitation to remember, to reflect and to engage with one of the most significant social issues affecting Europe today.

Praise for In Another World

Through essays, photos, stories and poems, Pow eloquently charts the decline of Europe’s rural life
Financial Times

What could so easily have teetered towards a study weighed down by quotations and statistical analysis gleaned from his sources, is throughout a limber, engaging and enervated quest
The Scotsman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15134283-in-another-world

Zannah Kearns

Zannah Kearns
Zannah took an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff university, before going on to work in the charity sector. She now lives in Berkshire with her husband and two young children.

Books by Zannah Kearns

No Use Crying

The discovery of a grandfather Niki thought had died years ago means a sudden move to London and the start of a whole new life. Niki has to learn quickly to fit in and survive in the school halls and on the tough streets. And at the same time she must come to terms with the fact that her mum has been hiding the truth.

Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Zannah Kearns is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney, the ‘godfather of Tartan Noir’, was born in the town of Kilmarnock, the son of a former miner. He studied at Kilmarnock Academy and later at the University of Glasgow, after which he worked as an English teacher.

Acclaimed for the mixture of poeticism and grit in their portrayals of working-class Glasgow, Willie’s (as his friends called him) novels remain some of contemporary Scottish literature’s best-loved books. His first novel, Remedy is None, was published in 1966 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; his second, A Gift from Nessus, took a Scottish Arts Council publication award. The semi-autobiographical Docherty was awarded the Whitbread Novel Award in 1975 and its sequel, The Kiln (1996) won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. The Big Man, brought out in 1985, was turned into the 1990 film of the same name starring Liam Neeson and Billy Connolly. Willie was also an acclaimed poet and the author of The Longships in Harbour: Poems (1970) and Surviving the Shipwreck (1991), a book which also contained pieces of journalism, including an essay about T. S. Eliot. His short story ‘Dreaming’ (1989) was filmed by BBC Scotland in 1990 and won a BAFTA. Much of his work has been recently re-published by Canongate.

Yet Willie was possibly best known for the creation of Inspector Jack Laidlaw, the unconventional Glasgow detective who describes his favourite tipple as ‘low-grade hemlock’ and keeps his Camus and Kierkegaard locked in his desk drawer. His Laidlaw trilogy has inspired the next generation of crime writers in Scotland.

Willie’s website: http://www.personaldispatches.com/index.html

William McIlvanney’s estate is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

Selected Books by William McIlvanney

Remedy is None
Canongate, January 2014

Charlie Grant, an intense young student at Glasgow University watches his father die. Overwhelmed by the memory of this humble yet dignified death, Charlie is left to face his own fierce resentment for his adulterous mother.

Praise for Remedy is None

The finest Scottish novelist of our time


Winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

William McIlvanney paints a world of harsh reality, but does so in language that is strangely beautiful and hauntingly poetic
Craig Russell

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/512013.Remedy_Is_None

A Gift from Nessus
Canongate, January 2014

Eddie Cameron is a salesman for Rocklight Ltd., an electrical equipment firm in Glasgow, where he has been fiddling the firm’s expenses. Eddie’s life is in tatters – his wife hates him, and his violent temper has left his mistress teetering on the edge of sanity.

Praise for A Gift from Nessus

There is a sense of moral growth in A Gift from Nessus that lifts it out of the ordinary . . . almost frighteningly truthful and moving

The Times

McIlvanney is a compassionate writer and leaves an impression both of high seriousness and great charm

Sunday Telegraph

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1566058.A_Gift_from_Nessus

Canongate, November 2013

Tam Docherty’s youngest son, Conn, is born at the end of 1903 in a small working-class town in the west of Scotland. Tam will stop at nothing to make sure that life and the pits don’t swallow up his boy, the way it did him. Courageous and questioning, Docherty emerges as a leader of almost unshakable strength, but in a close-knit community tradition is a powerful opponent.

Praise for Doherty

Here a human history is mined with humour and a clenching sense of its sombre inequities: man’s squat but lengthening shadow in the sun

The Guardian

He has a hard muscular quality to his writing. Some of his phrases hammer against you like a collier’s pick The Times

An intense, witty and beautifully wrought novel

Daily Telegraph

Winner of the Whitbread Prize 1975

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/512009.Docherty

The Kiln

Canongate, January 2014

Tom Docherty was seventeen in the summer of 1955. With school behind him and a summer job at a brick works, Tom had his whole life before him. Years later, alone in a rented flat in Edinburgh and lost in memories, Tom recalls the intellectual and sexual awakening of his youth. In looking back, Tom discovers that only by understanding where he comes from can he make sense of his life as it is now.

Praise for The Kiln

A pitch-perfect blend of warm lyricism, limpid observation and excruciatingly funny comedy. It is a beguilingly brilliant portrait of the artist as an adolescent

Sunday Times

On almost every page it offers matter for reflection and the sudden stab of emotion that comes from reading something that is truly evoked or created . . . It is rare and it is wonderful


McIlvanney plumbs, in language of luminous precision, the tortured psyche of the Scottish character. It’s Greek tragedy, hilarious to boot

Mail on Sunday

The best novel yet from the finest Scottish writer of our time

Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)

Winner of the Saltire Society Book of the Year Prize

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/512010.The_Kiln


Canongate, May 2013

Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city’s shadows.

Praise for Laidlaw


Val McDermid

Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city

Denise Mina

A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind

Christopher Brookmyre

It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw. Here was a literary novelist turning his hand to the urban, contemporary crime novel and proving that the form could tackle big moral concerns and social issues

Ian Rankin

Laidlaw is a fascinating, infuriating and memorable character . . . McIlvanney probes the nature of society and the limitations of human guilt with razor sharpness


The best new character in crime fiction for years

Daily Express
A classic of the genre – a maelstrom of gangland violence, brutal sentimentality and sectarianism told in richly Gothic prose. If you only read one crime novel this year, this should be it – but you’ll undoubtedly want to read the other two books in the trilogy, which will be reissued in a couple of months’ time


Winner of the Crime Writing Association Silver Dagger

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/952162.Laidlaw

The Papers of Tony Veitch
Canongate, June 2013

Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck’s cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.

Praise for The Papers of Tony Veitch

Brilliant . . . grips like a mangling handshake

Sunday Times

The good news is that Laidlaw is back


Fiercely evocative and witty with it . . . McIlvanney renders absurd the traditional distinctions between novelists and writers of detective fiction

Literary Review

Enthralling . . . An unsual, unique rendition of a city and a society


Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1566056.The_Papers_of_Tony_Veitch

 Strange Loyalties

Canongate, June 2013

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow’s underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as the loved brother he has lost, in a search which leads to a shattering climax.

Praise for Strange Loyalties

Sunday Times

Starts on the streets and ends up in the soul
Daily Telegraph

Told superlatively well. Laidlaw has . . . become even more heroically moving
The Times

In a class of his own

J W Ironmonger

Dr J.W. Ironmonger is 55 years old and works in software consultancy, which often takes him abroad. He is married with grown up children and lives in Shropshire. The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder is his first novel and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.. His second – The Confidence Authority – will be published in September 2013. @jwironmonger

Books by JW Ironmonger

The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
‘Maximilian Ponder is lying face up, dead, on the dining table in his own front room. This is something you really should know, right from the start. Max would also have wanted you to know that this is a Henri II style, French, walnut extending dining table, standing on solid turned legs with fretwork decor to the middle, also with ebony and sandalwood inlay, designed by the French furniture maker Nicolas Rastin and probably dating from around 1900…’ Maximilian Ponder shut himself away for thirty years in an attempt to record every memory he ever had. Now he lies dead, surrounded by his magnum opus – The Catalogue – an exhaustive set of notebooks and journals that he hopes will form the map of one human mind. But before his friend Adam Last can call the police and inform them of Max’s death, one rather gruesome task remains in order for Max’s project to be complete. Interspersed with sections from The Catalogue, Adam tells the story of the man he knew – a man whose life changed dramatically the day he buried a dead labrador and fought a duel with his father. What emerges is both the story of a friendship, and also of a lifelong obsession, a quest to understand the human mind, memory, and what constitutes a life.
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2012

Susan Sellers

Susan Sellers
After a nomadic childhood, Susan Sellers ran away to Paris. Renting a chambre de bonne, she worked as a barmaid and tour-guide, bluffed her way as a software translator and co-wrote a film script with a Hollywood screenwriter. She also became closely involved with leading French feminist writers and translated Hélène Cixous. From Paris she travelled to Swaziland, teaching English to tribal grandmothers, and to Peru, where she worked for a women’s aid agency.
A Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of St Andrews, Susan has written books on myth, literary and feminist theory and women’s fiction. In 2002 she won the Canongate Prize for New Writing, and is currently the holder of a ‘New Writing Partnership Escalator Talent Award’ and an Arts Council ‘Grant for the Arts’.
Susan’s debut novel, Vanessa and Virginia, is published by Two Ravens and Harcourt, New York. She is currently working on her second, set in the London art world. She lives near Cambridge with her husband, a composer, and their young son.

Books by Susan Sellers
Given the Choice by Susan Sellers
Given The Choice
At 39 Marian has a lot going for her. She’s talented, ambitious and married to a wealthy financier who adores her. She’s also capable of lying when the odds seem stacked up against her, but she’s a good deal more vulnerable than she lets on. Amidst the glamour and spin of the contemporary London art and classical music worlds, money rules and an artist’s skill is rarely enough. Marion’s top clients – a brilliant French painter and a virtuoso Estonian pianist – benefit from her entrepreneurial flair, but when her husband says it’s time they had a child, this contrary heroine faces a tough choice. Will Marion become ensnared in the web of deceit she has cast round herself? Or can she learn enough to save her business and her marriage? In this new novel by the award-winning author of Vanessa and Virginia, it is you, the reader, who is given the choice. Given the Choice is a book about growing older and growing up, about making choices and learning to live with them.
Cillian Press, September 2014
Italy: Minimum Fax

Vanessa and Virginia
In a gloomy house in Hyde Park Gate two young girls are raised to be perfect ladies. But from the beginning Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf pursue different dreams, and in their Bloomsbury household they create a ferment of free thinking and freer living. Devoted to each other, yet fiercely competitive, both sisters fight to realise their artistic vision amidst a chaos of desire, scandal, illness and war.

Traced with lyrical intensity, their entangled lives gradually reveal an underlying pattern. An expert on Woolf’s life and work, Susan Sellers is inspired by Woolf’s own brilliant narrative technique – a sensuous, impressionistic, interior voice – to inhabit the mind of an artist at work, and recreate the tale of two sisters as Vanessa might have told it. Vanessa and Virginia is a chronicle of love and revenge, madness, genius, and the compulsion to create beauty in the face of relentless difficulty and deep grief. Vanessa and Virginia is a beautiful, haunting novel about the love and the rivalry between two gifted sisters, and about the real purpose of ‘Art’ – not as superior diversion or intellectual entertainment, but as the means of healing and renewing the soul in the face of relentless difficulty and pain, and deep grief.

‘I can think of no other work that is as searching, or as revealing in its exploration of the family life, or of the complex dynamic of sibling and artistic rivalry of these two artists: the achievement here is not only a matter of research and imagination, but of an uncanny and utterly persuasive empathy for both sisters, and the world and times in which they lived and worked’ – John Burnside

‘Deftly, apparently effortlessly, Susan Sellers’s novel of love, art, and sexual jealousy gives us convincing and intimate access to the relationship between two remarkable sisters. At once pellucid and sophisticated, Vanessa and Virginia is quite simply a pleasure to read.’ – Robert Crawford

June 2008, Two Ravens Press (UK & Commonwealth)
Holland: Artemis
Russia : Atticus
Spain : Planeta
Sweden : Ordfront
Turkey : Sel
US & Canada : Harcourt (Spring 2009)
Susan Sellers is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny – jenny@jennybrownassociates.com