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Marvin Close

Marvin Close
Marvin Close authored (with Chuck Korr) the highly acclaimed More Than Just A Game: Football vs Apartheid (HarperCollins), and is currently writing the life story of Hope Powell.

Marvin has also written and storylined over 100 hours of broadcast TV, including numerous episodes for Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Tracey Beaker and Doctors. He also writes for radio and theatre, and is a former writer-in-residence at Manchester’s Library Theatre. He lives on the East Yorkshire coast with his wife Sheily, their four children and Libby the dog, just a bit further up the road from the back of beyond.

Kathleen Jamie


Kathleen Jamie is a poet and essayist. Raised in Currie, near Edinburgh, she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University, publishing her first poems as an undergraduate. Her 1995 collection The Queen of Sheba won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; The Tree House (2002) also won the Forward Poetry Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; The Overhaul, brought out in 2012, won the Costa Poetry Award. In 2016 Kathleen won both the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year and the overall Saltire Book of the Year for her collection The Bonniest Companie.

In recent years she has turned her pen to essays to much acclaim, with her collection Sightlines winning the John Burroughs Medal and the Orion Book Award in the USA. Kathleen is currently Professor of Poetry at Stirling University. One of her poems is inscribed in on the national monument at Bannockburn.

Kathleen’s website: http://www.kathleenjamie.com/

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

Selected Books by Kathleen

The Bonniest Companie
Picador, October 2015

Kathleen Jamie - The Bonniest Companie

In her extraordinary new collection, Kathleen Jamie examines her native Scotland – a country at once wild and contained, rural and urban – and her place within it. In the author’s own words : ‘2014 was a year of tremendous energy in my native Scotland, and knowing I wanted to embrace that energy and participate in my own way, I resolved to write a poem a week, and follow the cycle of the year.’ The poems also venture into childhood and family memory – and look to ahead to the future. The Bonniest Company is visionary response to a year shaped and charged by both local and global forces, and will stand as a remarkable document of our times.

Winner of Saltire Scottish Book of the Year 2016

Sort Of Books, April 2012
North America: The Experiment


In this greatly anticipated sequel to Findings, prize-winning poet and renowned nature writer Kathleen Jamie takes a fresh look at her native Scottish landscapes, before sailing north into iceberg-strewn seas. Her gaze swoops vertiginously too; from a countryside of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to killer whales rounding a headland, to the constellations of satellites that belie our sense of the remote.

Written with her hallmark precision and delicacy, and marked by moments in her own life, Sightlines offers a rare invitation to pause and to pay heed to our surroundings.

Praise for Sightlines

A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader’s ear. Hold her tangible words and they’ll take you places
John Berger

At which point I put the book down again and thought: ‘I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think, like that.’ It’s like this pretty much all the way through
Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

Kathleen Jamie, the Scottish poet, has written a book that transcends the definition of nature study… Sightlines is a work of intense purity and quiet genius and we’re lucky to have it
The Sunday Telegraph

Exquisite. . . There is such a precision, of both thinking and seeing, displayed in these works that you would have to be a very obtuse kind of reader not to realise that Jamie is a poet
The Scotsman

The dance of Jamie’s words enacts the mind in motion as it moves between the shifting, shimmering processes of nature and art
The Guardian

Jamie’s prose is exquisite, yet never indulgent. . . . This is a book that will stay with you, as its sights and sounds have stayed with its writer. [A] work of intense purity and quiet genius, and we’re lucky to have it
The Sunday Telegraph

A haunting new collection from one of our finest nature writers . . . . Immensely beguiling. There are piquant descriptions that stop you in your tracks . . . . but the real power of the writing derives from the steady increment of detail and the honesty of her responses to the natural world
The Sunday Times

Winner of the John Burroughs Medal

Winner of the Orion Book Award

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13818573-sightlines


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
Malachy Tallack - 60 Degrees North

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

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

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


Liam Hayes

Based in Dublin, Liam Hayes is an award-winning sportswriter for his work on boxing and rugby, and is a best-selling author in Ireland (‘Out of Our Skins’, a memoir which captured his 10-year career as an All-Ireland winning Gaelic footballer). He is former editor of Ireland on Sunday and is often a guest on sports programming and talk shows in Ireland. He is currently a columnist for the Irish Daily Mail. His forthcoming golf biography based on Rory McIlroy and Ken Venturi will be published by Birlinn’s new sports imprint – Arena – later this year.

Polly Clark

Polly Clark

Polly Clark was born in Toronto, Canada in 1968 and was brought up in Cumbria, Lancashire and the Borders of Scotland.

She has pursued a number of careers including zoo-keeping at Edinburgh Zoo and teaching English in Hungary. In 1997 she won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry, and her first collection, Kiss (2000) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  Her second collection, Take Me With You (2005) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her collection Farewell My Lovely was published in 2009.

In 2004 she was selected as one of Mslexia magazine’s ten best poets to emerge in the last decade. For three years, she was Poet in Residence for the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton, a project which was shortlisted in the Arts and Business Awards 2002, and in 2004 she co-ordinated and presented a tour round the south east of England with the Pulitzer-winning author Richard Ford.

Clark’s unpublished memoir Thank You So Much For Writing won the 2014 Tony Lothian Prize. It was a winner in a 2012 national competition to find Scotland’s best new nonfiction. She produces the Literature Programme for Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, where she programmes a range of writers and events, and currently lives in Helensburgh.

Website: https://pollyclark.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsPollyClark

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

Books by Polly

Quercus, forthcoming March 2017

Polly Clark - Larchfield

It’s early summer when a young poet, Dora Fielding, moves to Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and her hopes are first challenged. Newly married, pregnant, she’s excited by the prospect of a life that combines family and creativity. She thinks she knows what being a person, a wife, a mother, means. She is soon shown that she is wrong. As the battle begins for her very sense of self, Dora comes to find the realities of small town life suffocating, and, eventually, terrifying; until she finds a way to escape reality altogether.

Another poet, she discovers, lived in Helensburgh once. Wystan H. Auden, brilliant and awkward at 24, with his first book of poetry published, should be embarking on success and society in London. Instead, in 1930, fleeing a broken engagement, he takes a teaching post at Larchfield School for boys where he is mocked for his Englishness and suspected – rightly – of homosexuality. Yet in this repressed limbo Wystan will fall in love for the first time, even as he fights his deepest fears.

The need for human connection compels these two vulnerable outsiders to find each other and make a reality of their own that will save them both. Echoing the depths of Possession, the elegance of The Stranger’s Child and the ingenuity of Longbourn, Larchfield is a beautiful and haunting novel about heroism – the unusual bravery that allows unusual people to go on living; to transcend banality and suffering with the power of their imagination.

Praise for Larchfield

Winner of the MsLexia Prize

Larchfield is that rarest of rare first novels – a book that actually achieves its great ambition. I found it so immensely readable; it’s brainy, verbally acute and knowing, with an ingenious literary historical premise that it impressively (and artfully) carries off right in front of your eyes. It’s work of considerable talent
Richard Ford

This is a mysterious, wondrous, captivating book
Louis de Bernieres

David Leggat

David Leggat
David Leggat is in his sixties and has now retired from newspapers after a career in journalism which spanned 46 years, most of them as a sports writer, covering mainly football, but also boxing and golf. He worked in England in the last great days of Fleet Street for the Daily Express and Sunday People in the 1970s and 80s and returned home to Scotland to work for the People, the Sunday Mail, the Scottish Daily Express, the People(again) and finally a two year stint freelancing for the Scottish Sunday Express. As well as being a football fanatic he loves to listen to jazz, especially when played by Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Dexter Gordon and he is also fanatical about the merits of the Great American Songbook as written by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart and Johnny Mercer, etc. He loves old western movies and his claim to fame is he once had a drink with John Wayne. David’s biographies of Rangers legends Bill Struth and Davie Cooper will be published later in 2013, following on from Great Scot: The James Scotland Symon Story (Black & White, 2012)

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 www.survivormum.com, 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.

Esther’s website: www.survivormum.com

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

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.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17615072-if-only-i-had-told

Willie Robertson

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

Books by Willie Robertson

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

Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway
Vic Galloway is a BBC Radio broadcaster and TV presenter. For more than a decade his radio programmes have been broadcast on Radio 1, Radio Scotland and 6Music. He has presented the T in the Park coverage and other music shows and documentaries for BBC 1 & 2, and his music journalism has appeared in a number of publications, including The Times and The Herald. Vic is also a musician and member of the Fence Collective, having grown up in the village of Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife. His book on the Fence Collective – Rocket DIY – will be published by Polygon in the spring.

Vic is represented by Kevin – kevin@jennybrownassociates.com

Tracey Lawson

Tracey Lawson
Tracey Lawson gained a degree in Italian and French at university, and following a year teaching English in France she discovered the joys of Italy’s cuisine and lifestyle while teaching in Tuscany. Tracey has spent ten years as a news and features writer covering foreign and domestic stories for UK newspapers; she edited the Food pages of The Scotsman for eighteen months, and she is now the paper’s Deputy Features Editor. A Year in the Village of Eternity will be her first book.

Books by Tracey Lawson

A Year in the Village of Eternity
The sun-drenched village of Campodimele in the Aurunci Mountains has been called ‘the village of eternity’ by World Health Organisation scientists, after a study revealed the astonishing longevity of its inhabitants. The average life expectancy of Campodimelani men is 90, compared to the European average of 74, while women live to an average age of 86 compared to their European counterparts’ 80. Not only do the villagers live to an extraordinary age, they also enjoy healthy and active lives at an age when many people in the UK have succumbed to general infirmity or the three major plagues of Western life, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. How do they do it? Tracey Lawson spent a year in the village to find out. This book chronicles twelve months in the life of Campodimele, focusing on the seasonal cooking and eating habits that doctors believe are the key to the villagers’ unusually long lives. It includes insights from everyone from cheerful Giovanni who has lunched on minestrone for 103 years and 96-year-old Corradino who still enjoys daily rides on his pushbike, to the relative bambino of a mayor (in his forties) and the 93-year-old signora who bakes her own rosemary and olive oil bread every day – as well as a year’s worth of simple, wholesome recipes that even the busiest urbanite will be able to enjoy. A Year in the Village of Eternity is at once a sumptuously illustrated Mediterranean cookbook, a sensible and inspiring food manual and a stunning and unique travel book – a winning cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and Jamie’s Italy with a dash of You Are What You Eat.
World Rights: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: Spring 09
Tracey Lawson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – stan@jennybrownassociates.com