Books by J. A. Henderson

‘One of the UK’s most promising writers’ – Edinburgh Evening News
‘One of the UK’s best new talents’ –
‘Jan Henderson writes the kind of thrillers that make you miss your stop on the bus’– Times Educational Supplement

JanJ.A. Henderson (Jan-Andrew Henderson) runs City of the Dead Ghost Tours, which requires him to look moody and wear black.

After writing acclaimed non fiction books, he turned to young adult thrillers. His last three books were short listed for thirteen literary awards and he is the winner of The Royal Mail Award and the Doncaster Book Prize.

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The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile BookThere are several books about the Royal Mile but only this one has everything. All the little closes, wynds and courts with a handy rating guide to the most interesting ones. The significant buildings and monuments, noted pubs, restaurants and modern visitor attractions. It recounts the Mile’s long and spectacular history, has evocative pictures, fun facts and even lists the Old Town’s notorious haunted sites.

You start at Edinburgh Castle on top of the Mile and work your way to Holyrood Palace at the bottom. By the time you get to the end, you’ll be an expert on one of the most fascinating streets in the world.

Available from the end of May 2017.

Black Markers

Black Markers BookEdinburgh is now a progressive modern metropolis, but it was once a cauldron of religious fanaticism and persecution and the lynchpin in the age old conflict between Scotland and England.  It sent innovators to the four corners of the earth and gained fame as ‘The Athens of the North’, leading the world in philosophy, sciences, medicine, architecture, art and literature.  At the same time, Edinburgh remained a den of iniquity, astonishing poverty and horrendous crime – right up until the 20th century.

Black Markers charts Edinburgh’s evolution from ancient times to the present, but with a twist.   It shows you where the movers and shakers are buried and the part they played in making this one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

The truth never stays buried for ever…

Hard Copy Edition £14.99 (plus p&p)

Father Figure (as Ben Scott)

(e-book only)

Father Figure BookThe story of the Mackenzie poltergeist has already been told in The Ghost That Haunted Itself.   But that’s only part of the tale.   Things so crazy have happened in Greyfriars that, for years, we were afraid to publish the whole story.   Then J A Henderson hit on the idea of turning the City of the Dead story into a horror novel called Father Figure.   He wrote it under the name Ben Scott and insisted it’s fictional, so we won’t go to prison.  Hopefully…


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The Ghost That Haunted Itself

Ghost That Haunted ItselfThe story of the Mackenzie Poltergeist.

‘A haunting tale’ – The Scotsman.  

‘Compelling’ – Daily Express. 

‘A fascinating read’ – Dundee Courier. 

‘Well written and gripping’ – Scottish Town & Country.  

‘Fascinating’ – Lanarkshire Tv

  • Signed Hard Copy Edition – £6.99 plus p&p 
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The Town Below The Ground

Town Below GroundThe history and tales of Edinburgh’s legendary Underground City

‘Spine Chilling’ – Scotland on Sunday.  

‘Thoroughly recommended’ – Radio Scotland.

‘Fascinating’ – Big Issue.   ‘A fascinating book’ – Daily Mail.

Signed Hard Copy Edition £6.99 (plus p&p)

The Emperor’s New Kilt

newkiltThe secret history of Scotland

‘Fascinating’ – The Scotsman.  

‘Original and fresh’ – Aberdeen Press and Journal.

‘Amazing’ – Daily Record. 

 ‘Absolutely fascinating’ – Scottish Connection, BBC Radio.  

‘Excellent’ – Carluke Gazette.

Signed Hard Copy Edition £7.99 (plus p&p)

Edinburgh: City of the Dead

Edinburgh: City of the Dead – A history of the supernatural in Edinburgh.

edinburghcityofthedeadIt’s the capital of a civilized western nation – a seat of learning that influenced the world. Yet today it is famous as the most haunted city on Earth.

This book sets out to discover why. City of the Dead is the definitive exploration of Edinburgh’s dark side. It’s a history of the occult, a guide to grisly and paranormal locations, and an investigation into Edinburgh’s numerous supernatural phenomena. Is there really something strange and sinister lurking in its shadows?

Jan-Andrew Henderson lets you in on his city’s darkest secrets.

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  • E-Book Edition £0.99

Teenage Thrillers as J A Henderson

Crash (On Sale)

Shortlisted for the Royal Mail Award, the Angus Book Award, the Manchester Book Award and the Bolton Book Award.

crash sale‘Enough pace and plot twists to keep fans of his action-packed debut happy’ – Scotsman Newspaper

‘Fast-moving, engrossing and extremely effective’ – Carousel Magazine

‘A wonder in dramatic tension… there is a huge depth to this novel and coupled with the furious pace of the narrative drive, it left me unable to put this book down’ – Vulpis Libris

‘Oh, I did enjoy reading Crash… an adventure story in the best tradition but it does have great thematic depth. Thouroughly enjoyable.’ – The Bookbag

‘J A Henderson has produced another taut thriller, which compels from the first page… strongly recommended’ – Books For Keeps

‘Fantastic’ – Teen Titles

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  • E-Book Edition £0.99

Colony (On Sale)

Winner of the Doncaster Children’s Book Award 2010.

Short listed for the Leeds Book Award and RED Book Award.

colony sale‘Readers will feel like they’re clinging on for dear life… flipping the pages, desperate to know what happens next. This book is mad, bad and dangerous to read.’ – Scotsman Newspaper

‘Highly original and extremely brave… a tour de force’ – Vulpis Libris

‘A riveting read… far ahead of the average conspiracy thriller’ – The Bookbag

‘Intelligent, visual and utterly gripping’ – Four Shires Magazine

‘A beautifully executed, finely crafted thriller’ – Write Away

‘Fast pace, genius plotting, original storyline and compelling characters…. Brilliant.’ –

‘Tautly written… the story hurtles towards its somewhat alarming conclusion’ – Carousal Magazine

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  • E-Book Edition £0.99

Bunker 10

Winner of the Royal Mail Award 2008

Short listed for the Waterstone’s Best Children’s Book, The Angus Book Award, the South Lanarkshire Book Award, The Falkirk Prize and the Stockport Book Award.

bunker10‘I raced thorough it… Great stuff.’ – Charlie Higson (Young James Bond).

‘A plot that crackles’ – Scotsman Newspaper

‘A contemporary classic… this story is in a class by itself’ – In The Library Review.

‘Delivers an emotional punch as well as an adrenaline rush and more twists than the average roller coaster… a treat’ – Write Away.

‘Certain to attract a readership’ – Bookline.

‘Hold tight for a non stop thrill ride’ –Teenreads. 

‘I was swept along by the sheer cleverness.  It captivated me’ – Vulpis Libris.

‘I finished reading it and just said, wow… 9/10’ – Sunday Herald

Signed Hard Copy Edition – £5.99 plus p&p 

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