Writers

RICHARD BYRNE

www.richardbyrne.co.uk

 

Richard is the established picture book writer/illustrator whose titles with OUP include This Book Just Ate My Dog!,  We're In The Wrong Book!,  This Book is Out of Control!,  This Book Just Stole My Cat!The Case of the Red-Bottomed Robber,  I Want To Go First,  The Really Big Dinosaur, The Great Moon Confusion, and The Story of Aye-Aye.   

 

Further titles include Millicent and Meer (Simon & Schuster), Penguins Can’t Fly (Andersen Press),  Spotty Lottie and Me (Andersen Press). Richard is also the illustrator for What Noise Does A Rabbit Make? written by Carrie Weston (Andersen), and What George Forgot (Bloomsbury, USA), written by Kathy Wolff.

Richard’s work sells widely into translation.  


 "Ingenious, funny and a simple yet insightful concept". THE GUARDIAN

“Witty and warm. The immediacy in the illustration gives  a vibrant quality to this impressive, humorous and slightly post-modern tale.” CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER CHOICE, THE BOOKSELLER

TRACY CORBETT

www.tracycorbettauthor.co.uk
www.tracycorbettauthor.com

 

Tracy is the author of 4 romantic novels The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop,  The Summer Theatre By The Sea Starlight On The Palace Pier and Secret Things and Highland Flings. Wonderfully romantic, humorous stories about love , friends and families.  All published by Avon books

RUPERT FAWCETT

www.rupertfawcettcartoons.com

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Author of the Fred cartoon series published by Headline, as well as the Daddy  titles published by Boxtree Macmillan.  Rupert has since created the much loved Off The Leash - a  popular collection of dog-based cartoons. Titles include  The Secret Life of Dogs, A Dog's Best Friend,  It’s a Dog’s Life.  These were followed by  On the Prowl, The Secret Life of Cats ,   a collection of cat-based cartoons. All published by Boxtree Macmillan.. 

GORDON FERRIS 

www.gordonferris.com

 

Crime novelist, author of The Glasgow Quartet, a series of gritty, atmospheric novels set on the tough streets of post-war Glasgow featuring journalist Douglas Brodie. 
The Hanging Shed. Published by Corvus Books as an e-book at Christmas 2010 went to No. 1 on Amazon’s e-book list. This was the first in a series followed by Bitter Water, Pilgrim Soul and Gallowglass.  Translation rights sold to France, Germany, Canada and  Turkey.


"Deft, disturbing….wonderfully evocative” OBSERVER.

Truth Dare Kill and The Unquiet Heart are Gordon’s first two novels.  Set in post-World War II London they feature Danny McRae, ex-soldier-turned-private detective.  Originally published by Crème de la Crime, both have been republished by Corvus. 

 

LINDA GILLARD

www.lindagillard.co.uk

 

Commercially successful women's commercial fiction author, with more than 100,000 indie books sold.  

 

Her first novel was Star Gazing (Piatkus Books). Set in Edinburgh and Skye, this is a love story about a strong independent blind woman, and a  man who shows her the world through music and words.

Sold to Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Turkey, and  Russia and  condensed with Reader's Digest throughout the world.   Under option with Capricorn Films.

“Touching and perceptive”. DAILY EXPRESS

Shortlisted for the 2009 RNA Romantic Novel Award and winner of the Readers’ Poll for  Women’s Weekly Best Romantic novel of the Past 50 years. 

 

A Lifetime Burning  (Transita) is a modern tragic family saga.

 

Emotional Geology, set in the Scottish Isles, has themes of about madness, memory and mountaineering. (Transita)

Translated in Turkey.

Optioned by Capricorn Films.

“Lyrical, intriguing and haunting” ISLA DEWAR

 

Linda's further books have all been independently self-published as both e-books and paperback. 

The Trysting Tree,  two stories set in 1914 and 2014, and connected by an old house and garden and a family archive of letters, diaries and photos. Re-published as The Memory Tree by Lake Union Publishing.

Hidden.  In this  dual time story set a century apart,  Miranda Norton inherits Myddleton Mote and its art collection from a father she never knew and decides to move on after the end of an unhappy marriage. Miranda sets about restoring the  house, and when the moat is drained for repairs, a skeleton emerges. Then someone from Miranda’s past returns to torment her and an appalling act of vandalism reveals the Mote’s dark secrets, hidden for a hundred years. 

Cauldstane is a supernatural love story set in the Scottish highlands.  
"Absolutely modern and gloriously gothic". KATHLEEN JONES, author of Margaret Forster: A Life in Books 
The Glass Guardian is a supernatural love story set in Skye.
Untying the Knot is a bitter sweet romance about the restoration of both a marriage and Scottish castle.
House of Silence is a mystery/romance set in a ramshackle Tudor manor in Norfolk. Translated into Turkish. More than 50,000 e-books sold.
 

CATHERINE HOKIN
www.catherinehokin.com
Historical novelist.  

The Fortunate Ones  spans the period 1941-1956,  set in Berlin against the backdrop of WW11 and its aftermath, and Argentina.    Eighteen year old Felix Thalberg, the son of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother, meets Hannah Hüber in a Berlin dancehall. Hannah, however, is not who she seems. She is Inge Ackermann, the daughter of a wealthy member of the National Socialist Party, and just weeks away from her marriage to a doctor serving in the SS. Hannah agrees to meet Felix again but, despite her obvious attraction to him, bolts from this meeting without explanation. Their paths cross a third time, at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp on the day of Felix’s imprisonment, where Hannah, unknowingly, is the agent of Felix’s survival.   Felix convinces himself they are fated to be together and his hunt for her becomes an obsession and a quest that carries him through the war and beyond.

 What Only We Know.     When Karen Cartwright is unexpectedly called home to nurse her ailing father, she goes with a heavy heart. The house she grew up in feels haunted by the memory her father’s closely guarded secrets about her beautiful mother Elizabeth’s tragic death years before.      As she packs up the house, Karen discovers an old photograph and a stranger’s tattered love letter to her mother postmarked from Germany after the war.  Karen discovers her mother wasn’t called Elizabeth, but Liese, and she was German.   The story moves from pre-War Berlin to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.   A beautiful and gripping wartime story about family secrets and impossible choices in the face of terrible hardship.   Both published by Bookouture.
 

Catherine’s first novel Blood and Roses (Yolk Publishing) was the story of Margaret of Anjou.  

JAYNE HOLLINSON

 

Jayne writes for theatre, radio and television.  She has been writing for Coronation Street since 2001. She also wrote the web comedy/drama Just for Rosie (ITV2) 2011.

 

Jayne also wrote two episodes for Bad Girls, Series 2, and three episodes for Series 3 and an episode for Heartbeat (2001) as well as being a regular writer on Family Affairs for two years. Her first stage play, a comedy called Ag Nik (1989), won a North West Playwrights Award and was later adapted for Radio 4, broadcast as Ouzo In Ag Nik in 1991. Jayne was writer‑in‑residence at the Library Theatre in Manchester in 1992‑93, and worked as a freelance storyliner for Coronation Street and Families.  She also worked on the children's drama series Three Seven Eleven for Granada, both storylining and scriptwriting. Her radio play Family Affairs was produced by Biteback Productions for Radio 4 for 1998. 

GRAY JOLLIFFE

www.illustrationweb.com/artists/grayjolliffe

 

Well known cartoonist who has written and cartooned many books including the never-to-be-forgotten  Man’s Best Friend series, The Unadulterated Cat with Terry Pratchett, and the Christmas Again Already Yet series.

 

The 10-Minute Series,  with text by Brian Byfield was published by Anova and titles include  Play Chess in 10 Minutes and Play Bridge in 10 Minutes together with Play Poker in 10 Minutes and Play Backgammon in 10  Minutes.    Learn Chess Quick,  a version of a successful US publication, now embellished by apt and amusing cartoons, was written with Brian Byfield and Alan Orpin. Published by Anova.

RUPERT KINGFISHER

Author of the much-loved Madame Pamplemousse series. Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles ,   Madame Pamplemousse and the Time Travelling Cafe, and Madame Pamplemousse And The Enchanted Sweet Shop.  Published by Bloomsbury (UK), and Albin Michel (France).  

VANESSA LAFAYE
vanessalafaye.wordpress.com

Sadly this wonderful writer died in March 2018.  Her final book, a novella called Miss Marleypublished by HQ, is the untold story of the life of Jacob Marley,  partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, told  through the eyes of his devoted sister, Clara Belle.

 

Summertime  Debut novel.  Described as a combination of The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Perfect Storm.  Selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club.  The setting is a small American town struggling with the effects of the Depression while further torn apart by the great hurricane of 1935.   Published by Orion  and sold to the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway and Holland.  In the US, the book is published under the title Under the Dark Summer Sky and has been optioned for film/tv by Sony in the US. 

"Lafaye has created a taut and powerful novel that I found deeply moving. A riveting piece of social history, it's also a love story and a devastating account of what it's like to experience such a disaster". DAILY MAIL

At First Light Published by Orion. Sold to Belfond, France and btb Verlag Germany. Vanessa’s second novel is an epic love story and an unsolved murder, set in pre-Prohibition Key West, Florida.  

 

CHRIS NICKSON

www.chrisnickson.co.uk

 

Author of five historical crime series.  

 

There are 7 books in the first series titled the Richard Nottingham Mysteries .  Set in 18th Century Yorkshire, the series centres around the Constable of Leeds, Richard Nottingham. All published in the UK by Severn House.  Titles are The Broken Token, Cold Cruel Winter, The Constant Lovers, At the Dying of the Year, Come the Fear, Fair and Tender Ladies and Free from all Danger

“Georgian Leeds is a pretty depressing place, but Nickson brings it vividly to life with some striking descriptive writing.  There’s a very strong central core of characters there, and the author has a real art for making you care about these people that you’ve just met.” CLASSICMYSTERY.COM

 

The Tom Harper Mysteries set in late 19th Century Leeds, Yorkshire features Detective Inspector Tom Harper.  Gods of Gold,  Two Bronze PenniesSkin Like SilverThe Iron Water, On Copper Street, Tin God, The Leaden Heart and The Molten City all published by Severn House. 

"It’s another winner in Nickson’s top-notch Tom Harper series... [On Copper Street] is an outstanding entry in an excellent historical-mystery series that deserves more attention".  Booklistonline.com May, 2017. 

The Hanging Psalm is the first in an historical mystery series set in Regency Leeds featuring Simon Westow, a thief taker.  Further titles include The Hocus Girl and To the Dark. Published by Severn House

The Crooked Spire is the first in the 14th Century mystery series, featuring John, a carpenter orphaned by the Black Death, who travels to Chesterfield to find work.  This was followed by The Saltergate Psalter, The Holywell Dead, and The Anchoress of Chesterfield . All published by Mystery Press. 

 

“The  story’s strong sense of time and place gives the story all the freshness it needs. Nickson paints precise pictures with words, vividly setting the post-plague He makes us feels as though we are living what seems like a fourteenth-century version of dystopia, giving this remarkable novel a powerful immediacy.”    BOOKLIST USA May 2014

 

Dark Briggate Blues, and The New Eastgate Swing,  set in Leeds, 1954 feature Dan Markham a young enquiry agent.  Published by The Mystery Press. 

The Lottie Armstrong Mysteries.  Modern Crimes is about the first policewomen to walk the beat in Leeds after the Great War. Published by The Mystery Press.  The Year of The Gun is set 20 twenty years later. The Dead On Leave During a British Union of Fascists rally in 1936 Leeds, a body is found and War veteran Detective Sergeant Urban Raven is tasked with finding the killer.  
 

MIKE NICOL

https://www.facebook.com/mikenicol17 


Author and journalist.   Mike writes Crime Beat, a blog dedicated to news, interviews and reviews about South African crime fiction.

 

His Capetown Revenge Trilogy Payback, Killer Country, and Black Heart is published by Umuzi/Random House in South Africa, and Old Street Publishing in the UK.  The series has also been sold to Germany, Holland and France.

The Capetown Revenge Trilogy has been optioned for television by Nadcon Germany 

 

DEON MEYER, on reviewing Payback:

"Nicol’s voice and style is new, fresh, unique, truly Cape Town and South Africa.  The story is violent, earthy, noir, and not for sissies.  His dialogue snaps like pistol shots and the story is as fast as a Cape hare with unexpected twists and turns, so that it’s not until you’re finished that you consider the excellent writing".

Of Cops and Robbers, features private eye Fish Pescado, a surfer who has a sideline in dealing marijuana, and looks at the world of local politics and police corruption in South Africa.  Published by Old Street Publishing UK,  Umuzi South Africa, btb Verlag in Germany, Le Seuil, France, and De Geus Holland, 2019.

Marcel Berlins, in THE TIMES

On Cops & Robbers:  "Mike Nicol, the most incisive of South Africa’s growing band of top-class crime writers.  A gripping thriller, which is also an insight into a fascinatingly flawed society".   

Power Play, inspired by Titus Adronicus, about the gang wars of the Cape Flats, has it all - power politics,  gang lords, gang soldiers, spooks, two strong females, one good, one bad,  murders, rape, gang reprisals - a look at modern day South Africa.  Published by Umuzi, South Africa, Old Street Publishing, btb Verlag Germany,  De Geus Holland, and Le Seuil, France.

Agents of the State published by PenguinRandomHouse/Umuzi South Africa, Old Street Publishing UK, btb Verlag Germany, De Geus Holland and Gallimard France.  
Fish Pescado, Vicki Kahn and Mart Velaze, who all appeared in Mike’s earlier novel
Of Cops and Robbers, feature in this latest thriller about modern-day South Africa. The story includes an assassination attempt on a foreign leader, human female trafficking,  a corrupt president and his son, and climaxes in a shoot-out at the President’s palace.

Sleeperanother Fish Pescado and Vicki Kahn thriller, looks at Government corruption, the CIA, ISIS and Mossad.  Published by PRH South Africa,  btb Verlag Germany and Gallimard France.

The Rabbit Hole, fourth in the Fish Pescado and Vicki Kahn series.  The CIA and South African State Security Agency are running intelligence operations  connected to a lucrative Government tender by Amalfi Civils, an engineering company.  Both the CIA and SASSA are using Vicki,  unknown to each other, and Fish is employed to look after Amalfi Civils’ security.  This cat and mouse thriller looks  at modern day South Africa, global politics, big money and big corruption.

Monkey Business is an account of the murder of Anni Dewani in Capetown in 2010.  The book is a short narrative of all the voices that told us about the murder with the information drawn entirely off the internet. The narrative is made up of the voices of the husband, the police, politicians, reporters, the media, family, friends, lawyers, spin doctors, court records and descriptions of CCTV footage.  At one level this is a story of a murder.  It is also an exercise in journalism.  Published by RHSA/Umuzi South Africa.

 

Mike’s other non-fiction include: A Good-Looking Corpse- a history of the magazine Drum which thrived in Johannesburg during the 1950s; The Waiting Country - a memoir of the first democratic elections in South Africa; The Invisible Line, a biographical text to accompany the photographs of South African news photographer Ken Oosterbroek who was killed by friendly fire in the run-up to the 1994 SA general election; Sea Mountain, Fire City - a memoir of living in Cape Town and Berlin ; and Mandela - The Authorised Portrait , and Mandela – Celebrating the Legacy 

DOMINIC POWER

 

Dominic emeriti lecturer at the National Film and Television School.

 

He co-wrote with Sarah Hall, a 90 minute drama for Radio 3, The Belted Will, broadcast in 2012 . Dominic’s other radio productions include:  A Sting In The Tale, a short story for Radio 4, 2010;  Carhullan Army adaptation with Sarah Hall, for Radio 3, 2010; The Lunar Effect – short story for BBC Seven, 2006; Birthday Girl “April In Lubljana”, BBC Woman’s Hour Drama 2006; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen,  Adaptation for Radio 4 (2005); The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury, Adaptation for Radio 4/Realize Ltd (2002);The Fish by Arnold Bennett, Adaptation for Radio 4/Realize Ltd.  (2000);Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding, Adapation for Radio 4/Realize Ltd. (1999);Paradise Radio, Original drama for BBC Radio 4 (1997) (60 mins);Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban. BBC Radio 4 (1996). Comic’s Code, original drama, and Visiting Time, original drama, both  Radio 4 ( 1973).

 

Theatre plays include Measure For Measure, Show of Strength at Hen & Chicken Theatre, Bristol, 1992; GILLFINS, Old Red Lion, London, 1982; Tales Of The Undead, Hen and Chicken  Theatre, Bristol and Croydon Warehouse, 1990. He also wrote for BBC2/Timewatch documentary programme on Buffalo Bill (1993). This Is Cinema – non-fiction title for Quartet Books 2011.

 

 

RICHARD QUICK

 

Richard Quick trained for the theatre at Drama Centre, London. His writing includes verse and parody for BBC Radio 4’s satirical ‘Week Ending…’ and a twenty year run as lyricist on Radio 2’s award-winning series ‘The News Huddlines’, working with many leading actors and comedians of the last decades.  His BBC Radio 4 adaptations include ‘The Larger Lunacy of Stephen Leacock’,Educated Evans’ (Edgar Wallace) and his own book ‘Simon’s Bug’. Research brought him to Peter Green’s translation of Juvenal’s Satires and his adaptation ‘Juvenalia’ premiered in the 1970s and was revived for The Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – both productions starring Simon Callow.

 

DAVID THORNE (aka David Cadji-Newby) 

www.davidthornecri.me

 

East of Innocence. Debut 'Essex Noir' crime novel and the first featuring Daniel Connell,  a former City lawyer with a temper.  Published  by Corvus,  and in Italy by Newton Compton.  

- "By turns gruesome, touching, violent, funny, East of Innocence is never less than engaging and always unpredictable. It's a wonderfully written example of gritty British crime drama".  SHOTS MAGAZINE, 2014

 

Nothing Sacred is the second in the Daniel Connell series followed by Promises of Blood. 

D.B.THORNE

Writing as D.B. Thorne, David has written two psychological thrillers both published by Corvus. He has been signed with Corvus for two further thrillers.

 

Troll 
A psychological thriller, set in the on-line world when a young blogger goes missing. Sophie  is a writer and very minor celebrity who writes a blog called ‘Girl On The Town,’ which is a kind of scurrilous Sex & The City-style series.   She suddenly goes missing and the police have no leads, and after a month , the investigation is scaled down. But her estranged father, Fortune  cannot accept this, and goes digging himself.
He finds a vicious troll has been posting on Sophie’s blog, and Fortune finds himself in a race against time to find out if his daughter is alive. 

"Troll is incredibly clever, frequently terrifying and brilliantly written". Holly Seddon

 

Perfect Match 

This psychological thriller is set in the world of online dating against a series of attacks on women.  

" Crazily gripping, terrifying, and with a supremely well-crafted plot, I couldn't put Perfect Match down for a second". Chris Whitaker, author of All the Wicked Girls

"... well worth reading – gripping and also frightening". From the Literary Review
 

PATRICIA M. WILSON

www.pmwilson.net

 

Island of Secrets, the author's debut novel, is set in London and Crete.  A family saga, and a story of conflict between three generations of women.  It tells of one woman's fight for survival under the most atrocious circumstances of the Nazi occupation of Crete, and her fierce determination to protect her children.  Translation rights sold to France, Greece, Croatia, Norway, Croatia, Serbia. 

Villa of Secrets.  This family saga is set in present day London and Rhodes during the war and the evacuation of Jews, while freedom fighters fought for their country.  Published by Bonnier/Zaffre.

Secrets of Santorini.  The story of family, love,  archaeological secrets and ancient history set on the magical island of Santorini.  Published by Bonnier/Zaffre.

Greek Island Escape.  Set in Greece during the time of the Junta, and present day, two women , generations apart, are searching for their lost daughters. In Crete, 85-year-old Sofia, who lived traumatically through the junta searches for a daughter she gave up,  and in London , Zoe is looking for her runaway teenage daughter.   Published by Bonnier/Zaffre.

 

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