Jenny Brown Associates https://www.jennybrownassociates.com Literary Agents Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:40:27 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Patrick Laurie https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/patrick-laurie.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2020 11:26:58 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=8156 Patrick Laurie is a freelance journalist. His blog Working for Grouse is visited by over 30,000 visitors each year. As well as writing and farming, he works for Soil Association

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Patrick Laurie
Patrick Laurie is a freelance journalist. His blog Working for Grouse is visited by over 30,000 visitors each year. As well as writing and farming, he works for Soil Association Scotland on a program which supports conservation projects on farmland. His first book, The Black Grouse (Merlin Unwin, 2012), was the first natural history book on this rare and declining species.
Twitter : @gallowaygrouse

Native : Life in a Vanishing Landscape
Birlinn, 2020
Patrick Laurie - Native
Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm in the hills of southwest Scotland. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Galloway cattle, the Riggit Galloway, he begins to discover how cows once shaped people, places and nature in this remote and half-hidden place. This traditional breed requires different methods of care from modern farming on an industrial, totally unnatural scale.
As the cattle begin to dictate the pattern of his life, Patrick stumbles upon the passing of an ancient rural heritage. Always one of the most isolated and insular parts of the country, as the twentieth century progressed, the people of Galloway deserted the land and the moors have been transformed into commercial forest in the last thirty years. The people and the cattle have gone, and this withdrawal has shattered many centuries of tradition and custom. Much has been lost, and the new forests have driven the catastrophic decline of the much-loved curlew, a bird which features strongly in Galloway’s consciousness. The links between people, cattle and wild birds become a central theme as Patrick begins to face the reality of life in a vanishing landscape.

Patrick Laurie is a wonderful writer. He has written a hymn of love to his native land‘ –James Rebanks

In this tender, lyrical book, Patrick Laurie considers what it means to really belong to a place. Throughout, the mud, blood and sweat of the farm are brought vividly to life, and each sentence is charged with passion for its subject‘ –Malachy Tallack

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Ghillie Basan https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/ghillie-basan.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2020 10:53:21 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=8147 Ghillie Basan is a writer, broadcaster and food anthropologist who lives in a remote part of the Cairngorms National Park where she runs a Culinary Experience

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Ghillie Basan
Ghillie Basan is a writer, broadcaster and food anthropologist who lives in a remote part of the Cairngorms National Park where she runs a Culinary Experience business, Spirit & Spice, hosting groups from all over the world to pair wild food and local ingredients with whisky.

Formerly a journalist and teacher with a degree in Social Anthropology and a Cordon Bleu diploma, Ghillie has worked in Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Her food and travel articles have appeared in the Sunday Times, Sunday Herald, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Tribune, Press & Journal, BBC Good Food Magazine, Delicious Magazine, Diet & Nutrition USA, and various Middle Eastern and Internet magazines. She has been described as one of the ‘finest writers on Middle Eastern food’ and has written more than 40 books on different culinary cultures – some have been nominated for the Glenfiddich, Guild of Food Writers, and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards and have appeared regularly in the ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Top 50’ lists. She is also the author of the non-fiction title, The Moon’s Our Nearest Neighbour, and her most recent book, Spirit & Spice, weaves her travels and lifestyle off the beaten track through recipes and whiskies to pair with them.

As a broadcaster, Ghillie has many BBC credits as a presenter and contributor to a variety of food programmes and she produces her own podcast, also called Spirit & Spice, on food and drink stories in Scotland. As an ambassador of food and drink in Scotland, she has given TED talks in Canada and Ireland and has been a winner of the Highlands and Islands Innovation in Tourism Award.

www.ghilliebasan.com
www.spiritandspice.co.uk
Instagram : @ghilliebasan

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D. V. Bishop https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/d-v-bishop.htm Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:27:58 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=8006 D.V. Bishop is an award-winning screenwriter and TV dramatist. His crime fiction debut City of Vengeance won the Pitch Perfect competition

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D. V. Bishop
D.V. Bishop is an award-winning screenwriter and TV dramatist. His crime fiction debut City of Vengeance won the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland 2018 and will be published by Pan Macmillan in a two-book deal. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by the Scottish Book Trust while writing the novel. He is programme leader for creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidbishop
D.V. Bishop is represented by Jenny. For all enquiries jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

City of Vengeance

The first in a new series set against the backdrop of the Medici dynasty in 1530s Renaissance Florence. City of Vengeance follows the case of a prominent Jewish moneylender who is found murdered. Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the city’s most powerful criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder. In the course of his investigations, Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the ruler of Florence, Alessandro de’Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival officer of the court is trying to uncover the secrets of Aldo’s private life to bring him down. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?

February 2021, Pan Macmillan

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Alison Craig https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/alison-craig.htm Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:59:41 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7959 Alison Craig is a well-known writer, journalist, broadcaster, and blogger. She is the author of one previous book, the non-fiction Alison’s Diary, The Nappy Years...

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Alison Craig

Alison Craig is a well-known writer, journalist, broadcaster, and blogger. She is the author of one previous book, the non-fiction Alison’s Diary, The Nappy Years (Black & White).

Snowdrops at the Birdie and Bramble
Orion, 2020
Alison Craig - Snowdrops at the Birdie and Bramble
When the unexpected happens…
Since jetting off on her round-the-world adventure, Maddy Campbell never thought she’d be heading back to live in the small town of her birth to run The Birdie & Bramble. But after months of travelling, Maddy finally knows what she wants…and she’s ready to make it happen!
Only to arrive to find that The Birdie & Bramble needs a new chef and it’s her job to hire the perfect fit. Plus Jack hasn’t spoken to her since she boarded the plane all those months ago, she really thought they had something… Can Maddy fix the restaurant and her love life or will a new stranger throw more surprises her way?
Funny and heartwarming The Birdie and Bramble series is the perfect pick-me-up this spring!

New Beginnings at the Birdie and Bramble
Dash (Orion), 2019
Alison Craig - New Beginnings at the Birdie and Bramble
Can going home be a fresh start?

The Birdie & Bramble used to have queues out the door, especially during high season in St Andrews, but when Maddy Campbell makes her way back home after her father’s sudden death, the restaurant and her future seems bleak.

Unsure of how she’s going to face the world without her dad, Maddy sets out to sell the business and run back to London as quickly as possible. So when she finds out that the business isn’t worth a thing she realises it’s up to her to turn the restaurant around. Together with her dad’s best friends, faithful family dog Frank and the restaurant staff, Maddy sets out to save The Birdie & Bramble and preserve her dad’s legacy.

But as she becomes embroiled in the local town gossip, reconnects with family and bumps into Jack a fellow dog walker with the longest eyelashes in Europe, Maddy begins to wonder if the life she’s built for herself is the one she actually wants…

It’s a time of change for everyone at The Birdie & Bramble, but could this be a new beginning for Maddy too?

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Anne Deacon & Vicky Allan https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/anne-deacon-vicky-allan.htm Thu, 05 Sep 2019 08:07:36 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7953 ANNA DEACON has worked as a photographer for over a decade, following a career in the music industry. Her work has been published in many magazines ...

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Anna Deacon & Vicky Allan
ANNA DEACON has worked as a photographer for over a decade, following a career in the music industry. Her work has been published in many magazines and newspapers. She loves to photograph the outdoors and particularly loves portrait and documentary work. VICKY ALLAN is an award-winning journalist and author. A Staff Writer for the Herald on Sunday, her work has also appeared in The Times, Daily Express, Vogue, GQ, the Guardian and Scotland on Sunday. She has won awards for her travel-writing, features writing and for her articles campaigning against violence against women. Her novel Stray is currently being adapted as a feature film. She has always loved the outdoors and wild places.

Taking the Plunge: The Healing Power of Wild Swimming for Mind, Body and Soul
Black & White, 2019
Anna Deacon and Vicky Allan - Taking the Plunge
This book will empower! Told through the incredible stories and breathtaking photos of those who wild swim, it shows how wild swimming can help you to physical and mental health.

These are people who have brought their chronic pain, grief, loss, depression, stress and anxiety to the wild waters of seas, lakes and rivers. There they have found joy, confidence, fun, adventure and friendship. These experiences are backed up with the latest science and expert thought, and researched through interviews, on why coldwater swimming is both a mindful and physiologically healing practice.

But, more importantly, Taking the Plunge tells how wild swimming works, through the compelling and moving personal stories of people from all walks of life. It features portraits of the swimmers in awe-inspiring scenery, in all weathers, including extremes of ice and snow. Through words and images, it highlights the wild swimming community s inclusivity, joie de vivre and camaraderie.

For newcomers, this book serves as a guide to all things wild swimming: what to wear, how to take the first plunge, how to keep safe and warm, and where to go. Above all, these stories of taking the plunge will motivate, inspire and offer an exhilarating way to change your life forever.

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Natalie Russell https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/natalie-russell.htm Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:02:46 +0000 https://jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7740 Natalie is a Dundee based author, illustrator, and printmaker.  Since graduating from the Master of Design programme at the University of Dundee...

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Natalie Russell

website: http://www.natalierussell.co.uk

Natalie is a Dundee based author, illustrator, and printmaker.  Since graduating from the Master of Design programme at University of Dundee, Natalie has worked as the Education Co-ordinator at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, taught illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and now teaches illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Natalie developed her first children’s book with Bloomsbury, ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ and was shortlisted for ‘Best New Illustrator’ in the Booktrust Early Years Awards. Since then she has produced ‘Home Sweet Hamish’ and ‘Donkey’s Busy Day’ (Bloomsbury), ‘Moon Rabbit’, ‘Brown Rabbit in the City’ and ‘Lost for Words‘ (Macmillan).

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

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Jemma Neville https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/jemma-neville.htm Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:23:22 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7775 Jemma Neville is a writer with a background in human rights law.  She is Director of the national development agency for community-led arts...

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Jemma Neville

Jemma Neville is a writer with a background in human rights law.  She is Director of the national development agency for community-led arts, Voluntary Arts Scotland. She was the inaugural Community Fellow at theInstitute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh, and has been shortlisted for the Guardian International Development Journalism Award. 

Constitution Street
404 Ink
September 2019

Jemma Neville - Constitution Street

Constitution Street considers what real-life stories from neighbours of one street in Leith reveal about today’s constitutional crisis in an age of anxiety. Part memoir, part social history, part exploration of a new constitution for the day we live in, Neville’s debut encourages a reclamation of human rights practice as something that belongs to each of us, too important to be left to politicians and lawyers.

Jemma gets to know the people and stories that have lived on her street for decades, showcasing real life accounts of perseverance, courage and vulnerability, and that extraordinary stories are behind each door.  Constitution Street takes a view on the global issue of human rights through the lens of one street and its inhabitants.

Praise for Jemma Neville

‘Both personal and political, insightful but never judgemental and, above all, compassionate. An essential read for anyone who wants to move forward, with hope.’ -Helen Sedgwick

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Sarah Jane Douglas https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/sarah-jane-douglas.htm Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:02:05 +0000 https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7769 An award-winning artist, Sarah Jane Douglas is also a mother, a mountain lover and a survivor. She is a former primary school teacher and is currently...

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An award-winning artist, Sarah Jane Douglas is also a mother, a mountain lover and a survivor. She is a former primary school teacher and is currently a self-employed gardener and artist. Sarah hails from the Scottish Highlands, where she was brought up by her mother and her grandparents. They encouraged a young Sarah to keep a regular diary, a discipline which she continues to this day on her blog ‘Smashing Cancer in the Face’. Just Another Mountain grew from these journals.

Sarah Jane Douglas - Just Another Mountain

Just Another Mountain
Elliott and Thompson, June 2019

In 1997, at the age of 24, Sarah lost her mother to breast cancer. Alone and adrift in the world, she very nearly gave up hope- but she’d made a promise to her mother that she would keep going no matter what.  So she turned to the beautiful, dangerous, forbidding mountains of her native Scotland.   By walking in her mother’s footsteps, she learns to accept her own troubled past, finding the strength to overcome her grief – and ultimately, to carry on in the face of her own diagnosis twenty years later.

Searingly honest and utterly relatable, bringing the exhilarating triumphs and challenges of mountain walking to life with wit, charm and raw candour, Just Another Mountain is a story of hope and redemption, and of how we can learn to live and to love.  

Sometimes, all you can do is to put one foot in front of the other…and just keep walking.

Praise for Just Another Mountain

I loved Just Another Mountain…It’s a really good read.’ Lorraine Kelly

An inspiring book for anyone facing challenges. And a heartfelt reminder that only some mountains look like mountains.’ Tristan Gooley, Author and natural navigator

It is a beautifully written book…a powerful message and a thrilling conclusion to a seemingly unachievable goal.’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

A story of love and loss and of the redemptive power of mountains, in particular, the incomparable mountains of Scotland’ Stephen Venables, mountaineer and writer

Honest, raw and beautifully written, this uplifting memoir is testament that in life there are times when there is nothing for it but to scale that mountain.’ The Herald Magazine

Triumphs and challenges are revealed with honesty and affection.’ Choice Magazine

Shortlisted for Travel Memoir Book of the Year, Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020 / Winner – GOLD in Personality of the Year, SILVER in The Extra Mile Award as well as SILVER in Book of the Year all in The Great Outdoor Awards 2019 ‘

 

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Kimberlie Hamilton https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/kimberlie-hamilton.htm Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:46:08 +0000 https://jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7731 Kimberlie is a nonfiction writer with an MFA degree in Screenwriting from the University of California in Los Angeles. She is passionate about animals ...

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Kimberlie Hamilton

website: https://kimberliehamilton.co.uk
twitter: @kimberlie1967

Kimberlie is a nonfiction writer with an MFA degree in Screenwriting from the University of California in Los Angeles. She is passionate about animals and serves on the board of FixNation, a non-profit in LA that helps homeless cats and she also supports a number of UK charities (including Willows Animal Sanctuary, Cats Protection, the SSPCA and the PDSA). A prolific blogger with a passion for digital storytelling, specialising in travel, history, culture, human interest stories and various animal-related topics, she recently relocated to Scotland where she lives with four cats.

Generation Hope
Scholastic, April 2020
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Looks at everything from climate change and plastic pollution to radical kindness and animal welfare. Facts, stats and practical tips for taking action are laid out in a clear graphic style, with issues explained in a bite-sized, easy-to-read way. Introduces 20 global issues and many change-makers, like Greta Thunberg, who are doing something to make the world a better place. Risa Rodel is the illustrator.

Rebel Dogs
Scholastic, August 2019
Kimberlie-Hamilton---Rebel-Dogs
An engaging collection packed with over 30 real-life dogs, including film stars with fur, hounds that love to help, superstars of science and war heroes – these rebel dogs are the stars of their own stories. Plus incredible facts on record-making dogs, internet-sensation pups and much, much more.

Rebel Cats
Scholastic, November 2018
Kimberlie Hamilton - Rebel Cats
An engaging collection of over 30 real-life stories about cats who are the heroes of their own stories, Rebel Cats introduces us to fur-raising facts and adventures from around the world and across the centuries. Plus information on cat activism, feline myths and much, much more.

Kimberlie Hamilton is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

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Helen Kellock https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/helen-kellock.htm Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:22:46 +0000 https://jennybrownassociates.com/?p=7722 Helen Kellock is an award-winning illustrator and writer based in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2018 with a Distinction...

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Helen Kellock

Website: http://www.helenkellock.com

Helen Kellock is an award-winning illustrator and writer based in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2018 with a Distinction in her Illustration Masters and has since won The Batsford Prize 2018, Children’s Illustration, and been highly commended for both The Macmillan Book Prize 2018 and The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2018. She was also highly commended in the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018.

Helen loves drawing, narrative and making picture books. Her debut picture book, The Star in the Forest, was published by Thames and Hudson in 2019.

Helen Kellock is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

Out to Sea
Thames & Hudson September 2020
Helen Kellock - Out to Sea
A heart-felt story about learning to cope with anxiety and grief. Beautifully illustrated and written with sensitivity, this moving tale shows readers how they might ride the waves of emotion without losing perspective.

The Star in the Forest
Thames & Hudson, September 2019
Helen Kellock - The Star in the Forest

One evening in the fall, sisters Pip and Maisie are sitting in their grandparents’ cosy cottage on the edge of a forest. Maisie is restless and longs for adventure, but life at the cottage is always slow. When a bright light suddenly falls from the sky into the forest next door, Maisie can’t believe her luck—finally, an adventure has come her way! She has boots on and flashlight in hand before Pip has even put down her book.

With enchanting illustrations, this delightful debut picture book is sure to enchant children and parents alike.

Praise for The Star in the Forest
“An atmospheric debut”, The Bookseller

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