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James Douglas

James Douglas
James Douglas is the author of successful historical fiction novels. The Doomsday Testament is the first in a series of thrillers featuring art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair.

Books by James Douglas

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The Doomsday Testament
1937, Hitler sent an expedition to Tibet in search of the lost land of Thule.
1941, Heinrich Himmler spent a huge fortune, and sacrificed the lives of hundreds of concentration camp prisoners, to turn Wewelsburg Castle in Germany into a shrine to the SS.
Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair thought he knew his grandfather, but when he stumbles upon the old man’s lost diary he’s astonished to find that the gentle Anglican clergyman was a decorated hero who had served in the Special Air Service in World War Two. And his grandfather has one more surprise for him. Sewn in to the endpaper of the journal is a strange piece of Nazi symbolism.

This simple discovery will launch him on a breathless chase across Europe and deep into Germany’s dark past. There are some who will kill to find that which is lost, and although he doesn’t know it, Saintclair holds the key to its hiding place.

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The Isis Covenant
AD 64 – Roman centurion Marcus Domitus leads an expedition to find the mythical treasure hidden deep inside Queen Dido’s temple.
AD 1945 – In the confusion and chaos of a burning Berlin, two high-powered Nazis disappear, and so does a precious object.
AD 2009 – Two families are brutally tortured and murdered in Boston and London, the crimes linked by a single name and a shared history.

Art recovery specialist Jamie Saintclair receives a call from a Boston detective, asking for his help to investigate a brutal murder. She believes Saintclair might hold the key to solving the crime through his detailed knowledge of specialist Nazi units. But as they delve deeper into the sinister world of the occult, they uncover a dark secret that men have lusted over for more than two millennia. Long ago, in the ancient temple of Isis, something was stolen, and the repercussions have resonated through the centuries. Saintclair must discover the truth before the curse claims more victims, and finally catches up with him.
Corgi Books, 2012

Gavin Extence

Gavin Extence
Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in the interestingly named village of Swineshead, Lincolnshire. From the ages of 5-11, he enjoyed a brief but illustrious career as a chess player, winning numerous national championships and travelling to Moscow and St Petersburg to pit his wits against the finest young minds in Russia. He won only one game.
Gavin is currently working on his second novel. When he is not writing, he enjoys cooking, amateur astronomy and going to Alton Towers.

Books by Gavin Extence

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods
A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey, Alex’s story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you’ve ever read.

Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start in life.

He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won’t endear him to the local bullies.

He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen – he’s got the scars to prove it.

What he doesn’t know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he’ll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing . . .
Hodder & Stoughton, 2013

Suhayl Saadi

Suhayl Saadi
Born in Yorkshire but now living in Glasgow, Suhayl Saadi is a novelist, dramatist, poet and award-winning short-story writer. His collection of short stories, The Burning Mirror, received wide critical acclaim. Psychoraag has been shortlisted for the 2005 James Tait Black Awards, and has been selected as one of the 100 Best Scottish Books promotion (Orange/The List)
‘A wonderfully audacious, linguistically elastic, verbally inventive, joyously irreverent work of literature’ – Sunday Herald
‘Funny, clever and complex, his Scots Asian voice is very fresh and reminiscent of masters like Salman Rushdie and Alan Warner’ – The List
‘The vibrancy of Saadi’s writing is itself a burning mirror to that of Scottish writing as a whole’ – The Scotsman
http://www.suhaylsaadi.com

Books by Suhayl Saadi
the-burning-mirror   psychoraag   joseph's-box

Steve W Parker

Steve W Parker
Steve Parker has been a journalist and magazine editor since the last 1980s, and for many years ran his own publishing company. In addition to writing books, he also writes scripts, directs videos and chairs events in the film and broadcast industries.

Books by Steve Parker

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Jesus on Thy-face
“A wonderfully sustained parody, that you can safely give to both believers and non-believers.” The Bookseller
Ever wanted to know why Mary and Joseph settled on the name Jesus?
Or how Jesus’s head of catering reacted to the feeding of the 5,000?
Or the name of the anointing parlour where Mary Magdalene worked?
Jesus on ThyFace reveals the full story. Thanks to recently released extracts from the pages of thy-face.com, a little-known social networking site popular in the first century AD, we can now reveal firsthand the words of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, Herod – even Satan! They were all ThyFace crazy: not a day went by when they weren’t updating their statuses, adding new friends, smiting one another, or just taking the ThyFace test: WHICH FRIENDS CHARACTER ARE YOU MOST LIKE?
Jesus on Thyface also offers a fascinating glimpse into biblical culture (witness the success of Fornication and the City in amphitheatres), tourism (discover the joys of Noah World and The Wilderness), and commerce (take out plague insurance or get the best deal on your livestock through goat-compare.com.)
The Bible will never be the same again.
World Rights: Simon & Schuster
Steve Parker is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan -stan@jennybrownassociates.com

Stephen Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore
Stephen Blackmoore is a Los Angeles-based writer of crime and horror. His short stories have appeared in the magazines PLOTS WITH GUNS, SPINETINGLER, THRILLING DETECTIVE, SHOTS, and DEMOLITION. He has also written essays on Los Angeles politics and crime for the website LAVOICE.ORG (http://lavoice.org) and the LA Noir true crime blog (http://la-noir.blogspot.com). His work also appears in the anthology UNCAGED edited by Jen Jordan through Bleak House Books. CITY OF THE LOST is his first novel.

Books by Stephen Blackmoore

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City Of The Lost
A debut dark uban fantasy. Fast-paced, funny and creatively violent. Joe Sunday’s dead. He just hasn’t stopped moving yet.
Sunday’s a thug, an enforcer, a leg-breaker for hire. When his boss sends him to kill a mysterious new business partner, his target strikes back in ways Sunday could never have imagined. Murdered, brought back to a twisted half-life, Sunday finds himself stuck in the middle of a four-hundred-year-old revenge plot centered around an ancient stone with the power to grant immortality. With it, he might live forever. Without it, he’s just another rotting extra in a George Romero flick.
Everyone’s got a stake in finding the stone, from a psycho Nazi wizard and a razor-toothed midget, to a nympho-demon bartender, a too-powerful witch who just wants to help her homeless vampires, and the one woman who might have all the answers—if only Sunday can figure out what her angle is. Before the week is out he’s going to find out just what lengths people will go to for immortality. And just how long somebody can hold a grudge.
World Rights: DAW Books
Stephen Blackmoore is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Allan – allan@jennybrownassociates.com

Sophie Hardach

Sophie Hardach
Sophie Hardach was born in 1979 and grew up in Germany. She studied in Edinburgh and Singapore, and on graduating worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris, where she now lives.
http://www.sophiehardach.com

Books by Sophie Hardach

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The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages
Swimming for his life towards traffickers on the Italian shore, Selim enters a world where Kurdish refugees disguise themselves as tomatoes, dates of birth are a matter of opinion, and a residency permit is a ticket to paradise.

When he ends up in a small town in Germany, Selim believes he is finally safe, until the law catches up with him and the clock starts ticking. Selim realises there is only one way to avoid deportation, if he dare try …

Fifteen years later, in a town hall in Paris, a Registrar receives an unsettling book in the post. The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages only fuels her suspicions surrounding an impending Kurdish wedding. Unsure how to intervene, she embarks on an investigation that brings her uncomfortably close to an old acquaintance: Selim.

Written with real imaginative flair, heart and humour, The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages introduces an unlikely hero who’ll prove impossible to forget.

World Rights: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Film & TV: JBA
Sophie Hardach is represented at Jenny Brown Associates

Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan

Born in Edinburgh and educated at Trinity College Dublin, Sara Sheridan is most famous for her two series of historical novels: one, the Mirabelle Bevan novels, noir mysteries set in 1950s Brighton, and the other exploring on real lives of late Victorian adventurers. Her first book, Truth or Dare, featured in the Sunday Times Top 50 and was nominated for the Saltire Prize; in 2015 Sara was named one of the Saltire Society’s 365 most influential Scottish women, past and present. She sits on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and is also on the board of the UK-wide writers’ collective ‘26’, taking part in the acclaimed 26 Treasures project in 2010 at the V&A, in 2011 at National Museum of Scotland and in 2012 at the Children’s Museum, Bethnal Green. An occasional journalist and blogger, Sara has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and blogged for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. She is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association and occasionally mentors for the Scottish Book Trust.

Sara’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarasheridan

Sara’s website: http://www.sarasheridan.com/

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

Books by Sara

On Starlit Seas
Black & White Publishing, July 2016

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1824 – Charged with a mission by the Empress of Brazil, celebrated writer and the toast of Georgian London, Maria Graham sets off for England with the Brazilian civil war at its height. Newly widowed and a woman travelling alone, the stakes are high and when she accepts roguish smuggler Captain James Henderson’s offer of passage on his ship, she gets more than she bargains for.

Henderson is on a journey of his own, back to his childhood home in Covent Garden. Onboard Maria discovers both a dangerous secret concealed in a chocolate bar and an irresistible attraction to the mysterious captain. But falling in love with a smuggler is almost unthinkable for a woman of Maria’s social standing. Though Henderson tries his utmost to abandon his life of crime and forge a new identity as a London gentleman, he is caught in a dangerous tangle with a deadly aristocratic smuggling ring.

The only chance he has to save himself and prove worthy of Maria is to unmask the gang and break free from their clutches, but will it be enough? On Starlit Seas is a breathless tale of adventure, love and chocolate set at the height of the British Empire.

Praise for On Starlit Seas

Sheridan binds together social comment, romance on the high seas, pursuit by excisemen, knife-wielding toerags in the stench of 19th-century London and the consumption of so much hot chocolate that the pages seem impregnated with its heady aroma. It all makes On Starlit Seas a pleasure to consume, and not even a guilty one.
Herald

Mirabelle Bevan Series
Operation Goodwood (#5)
Constable, February 2017

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1955. When Mirabelle Bevan is rescued from a fire at her home on the Brighton seafront she’s lucky to escape unharmed – but the blaze takes the life of her neighbour, Dougie Beaumont, a dashing and successful racing driver living in the flat above. It soon becomes clear that this was arson and, back on the trail of a potential killer, it emerges that Dougie Beaumont’s life was not as above-board as it seemed. When a second shocking murder takes place, Mirabelle’s pursuit is frustrated first by Dougie’s well-connected and suspicious family and then by the official investigation – led by her would-be lover Superintendent McGregor. With the help of her colleague at McGuigan & McGuigan Debt Recovery, Vesta, and some of her ex-intelligence service connections, Mirabelle discovers the dark secrets of the glamorous racing driver have ramifications far beyond the English coastline.

British Bulldog (#4)
Constable, March 2016

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British Bulldog is the fourth instalment in Sara Sheridan’s best-selling 1950s murder mystery series featuring stylish sleuth Mirabelle Bevan. Following a mystery bequest, Mirabelle sets out on the trail of an RAF pilot who went missing during World War II. It is 1954 and her search takes her to Paris, where she finds herself digging into the activities of Resistance fighters and ex-Nazis, whose lives are defined by the political climate of Cold War Europe. The bequest raises issues closer to home than she expects and as the story unravels Mirabelle is forced to confront the truth about her wartime lover Jack and the true nature of their relationship.

Praise for British Bulldog

Mirabelle has a dogged tenacity to rival Poirot
Sunday Herald

Unfailingly stylish, undeniably smart
Daily Record

A crime force to be reckoned with
Goodreads

Plenty of colour and action, will engage the reader from the first page to the last. Highly recommended
Bookbag

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24672857-british-bulldog

 

Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland
One of six children, Sara Maitland grew up in Galloway. She took a degree in English from Oxford University, where she discovered socialism, feminism, Christianity and friendship. Having been married to an Anglican priest for twenty years, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993 and now lives a contemplative life in a house on a moor in Northern Galloway.

Sara’s first novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, was published in 1978 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. A Book of Silence, an autobiographical account of her attempts to lead a solitary life, was nominated for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize in 2009, the same year that her short story ‘Moss Witch’ was a runner up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She lectures part-time for Lancaster University’s MA in Creative Writing and is a Fellow of St Chad’s College, Durham. In 2004 Sara was listed as one of the Guardian’s ‘101 Female Public Intellectuals’.

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

Selected Books by Sara
How to Be Alone
Macmillan, January 2014
Part of the School of Life series

Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is literally anti-social and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she helps us to practise it without anxiety and encourages us to see the benefits of spending time by ourselves. By indulging in the experience of being alone, we can be inspired to find our own rewards and ultimately lead more enriched, fuller lives.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20518977-how-to-be-alone

Moss Witch: And Other Stories
Comma Press, September 2013

Each story in Sara Maitland’s new collection enacts a daring kind of alchemy, fusing together raw elements of scientific theory with ancient myth, folkloric archetype and contemporary storytelling. As the laboratory smoke settles, we are treated to a new strain of narrative: a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction, the atavistic and the futuristic. We’re also introduced to a weird and wonderful cast of characters: identical twins who fight bitterly day and night for purely quantum mechanical reasons; an expert on bird migration awaiting the homecoming of her lover on the windswept shores of the Hebrides. All the more remarkable is that each of these stories sprang from a conversation with a scientist and grew directly out of cutting-edge research. As befits their hybrid nature, each is also accompanied by an afterword, specially written by the consulting scientist to introduce us to the wonder behind the weirdness.

 Praise for Moss Witch

She has built bridges that may tempt new minds across to science. How ingenious
The Guardian

Remarkable… Refreshingly different… This collection abounds with revelations for writer, scientist and reader alike
The Irish Times

Simply dazzling; my woodland walks will never be the same
New Scientist

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17594306-moss-witch-and-other-stories?from_search=true

Gossip from the Forest
Granta, November 2012
North American Rights: Counterpoint

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Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient and primal landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us – we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying.

In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the background and the source of fairy tales. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam, whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginative re-telling of a fairy story.

Praise for Gossip from the Forest

In this complex, enchanting book, Maitland combines a wiry retelling of traditional European fairy tales with piercing comments on folklore, history and superstition and a rich evocation of the deep, natural, gnarled life of ancient woodlands

The Times

Maitland is a wonderfully enthusiastic guide to her twinned realms… Her relish is infectious, and I suspect as well as hope her woods will see some new faces this year

Observer

As a follow-up to Maitland’s sublime The Book of Silence, it’s a worthy successor. As something to read on dark nights as the wind lashes the leaves from the trees, it’s damn near perfect

Independent

A playful blend of nonfiction and fable. It is both practical and symbolic, a box of tools and a box of delights

New Statesman

Lyrical, imaginative, a walk through the woods with Sara Maitland offers more refreshment than a vacuum flask of tea. … An enchanted spinning wheel of a book, it turns the world around it into gold

Guardian
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16027969-gossip-from-the-forest

A Book of Silence
Granta, November 2008
North American Rights: Counterpoint

After a noisy upbringing as one of six children, and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland began to crave silence. Over the past five years, she has spent periods of silence in the Sinai desert, the Australian bush, and a remote cottage on the Isle of Skye. Her memoir of these experiences is interwoven with the history of silence through fairy-tale and myth, Western and Eastern religious traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, up to the ambivalence towards silence in contemporary society. Maitland has built a hermitage on an isolated moor in Galloway, and the book culminates powerfully with her experiences of silence in this new home. A Book of Silence is a deeply thoughtful, honest and illuminating memoir about a phenomenon too often neglected in the contemporary world.

Praise for A Book of Silence

This is not a silent book, intimate and generous as it is…Nor did Maitland’s book leave me speechless. Instead, I found myself arguing, conversing, exclaiming at every page. I wanted to be with her every step of the way. And I can hardly wait to see what comes next from this marvellous writer, thinker, seeker

New York Times

Maitland is a bold adventurer and the rest of us, doubtless ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and intellectual challenge of self-sought solitude, are lucky she can give the condition of silence such an articulate voice

Metro

A Book of Silence grapples with ideas at the very heart of what it is to be human, and Sara Maitland is a joyous champion of the countercultural notion that silence is more than simply an absence of noise

Times

This book is partly a cultural history of silence which considers fairy-tales and flotation tanks, solitary confinement and religious orders, but mainly it’s a beautiful and serene memoir about trying to find inner (and outer) peace in a cacophonous world. I adored it

The Bookseller

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4437202-a-book-of-silence

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

Sam Angus

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Website: http://samangus.com/
Twitter: @samangus4
Sam was born in Italy and grew up in France and Spain. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge where she kept a dog until he was discovered being smuggled out of college in a laundry basket. She taught English before spending a decade in the fashion industry. Sam now writes full time and lives between Exmoor and London with her children, dogs and horses.

Books by Sam Angus
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School for Skylarks
Publication: June 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books

It is 1939. When Lyla is evacuated from her home in London to her great-aunt’s enormous house in the West Country, she expects to be lonely. She has never been to school nor had any friends, and her parents have been at the centre of a scandal. But with the house being used to accommodate an entire school of evacuated schoolgirls, there’s no time to think about her old life. Soon there is a horse in a first-floor bedroom and a ferret in Lyla’s sock drawer, hordes of schoolgirls have overrun the house, and Lyla finds out that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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The House on Hummingbird Island

Idie Grace is twelve when she inherits a grand old house on a Caribbean island where hummingbirds hover and monkeys clamber from tree to tree. As a lady of property Idie can do as she pleases, so she fills the house with exotic animals, keeps her beloved horse in the hallway, and carries a grumpy, talking cockatoo called Homer on her shoulder. But the island house holds as many secrets as it does animals, and the truth behind Idie’s inheritance is the biggest secret of all…

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2016

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Captain

It’s 1915 and British troops are about to sail to Gallipoli. Billy is the youngest soldier in his platoon and is teased for not being old enough to drink or shave. The truth is, at 15 he’s not old enough to be a soldier either, and he’s terrified of the war he’s about to fight. Then he meets Captain, a refugee boy, and his donkey, Hey-ho. Together they teach Billy what it means to be brave, loyal and fearless, and above all what it means to be a friend.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2014

A Horse Called Hero by San Angus A Horse Called Hero

It is 1940. As the Second World War escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and her horse-mad little brother Wolfie are evacuated to the country, away from everything they know. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal. They name the horse Hero for surviving against the odds and together they raise him, train him, and learn to ride.  Their days are suddenly full of life and excitement again, but the shadow of war looms over their peaceful existence, and soon Hero must live up to his name…

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2013

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Soldier Dog
It’s 1917, one of the darkest moments of British History. Recruited into the Signal Service, Stanley finds himself miles from home, in the trenches on the Somme, a boy fighting a man’s war with a Great Dane called Bones by his side. As the fighting escalates and Stanley experiences the horrors of war, he comes to realise that the loyalty of his dog is the one thing he can rely on.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2012

 

 

Sam Angus is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com