James Jauncey

James Jauncey grew up in Edinburgh and Perthshire and studied law at Aberdeen University. He spent much of his twenties travelling and working as a journalist and business writer. In the same year, at the age of 40, he moved back to Scotland and published his first novel. He has written for children, adults and young adults and writes business books under the name Jamie Jauncey. His YA fiction in particular has been nominated for numerous awards; both The Witness and The Reckoning were shortlisted for the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards.

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Books by James

Don Roberto: the Adventure of Being Cunninghame Graham

Scotland Street Press, June 2023 When I think of you, I feel as though I have lived all my life in a dark hole without seeing or knowing anything’ Joseph Conrad ‘I valued Cunninghame Graham like rubies. We’ll never see his like again’ Hugh MacDiarmid The biography and personal family memoir of a remarkable man, R B Cunninghame Graham: writer, politician ( co-founder of the Scottish Labour Party and later founding president of the Scottish National Party), adventurer and gaucho, radical laird, and crusader for social justice. Born in London in 1852, his family home was near Stirling. He died in Argentina in 1936. The book is by his great-great nephew James Jauncey, author of five novels, who offers a unique perspective on the life, and the book is a lively, highly readable exploration of having a near-mythical figure in recent family history.

The Reckoning

Young Picador, November 2010 Standing on the beach watching the early morning-mist roll in off the sea, Fin is thinking about the day when he can escape to the mainland. His sister got away, but no one has heard from her in two years. Fin’s thoughts are interrupted by the sound of a car on the bridge above him. He hears doors slam, voices, a scream and then, for a brief moment, he glimpses a figure falling through the fog. It’s a young girl and she dies in Fin’s arms. Did the dead girl jump or was she pushed? Sceptical of the official suicide verdict, Fin is determined to find the truth, a hunt that will lead him closer to his missing sister and to a shocking secret at the heart of his island community. Praise for The Reckoning A thriller for intelligent and sensitive teenagers … Deeply poetic and reflective, full of rich and evocative language and concerns – family breakdown, a threatened community, racism – which haunt every generation The Big Issue The Reckoning is … both a tense thriller and a moving man-into-boy story The Telegraph