As a literary agent, I am lucky to work closely with a broad range of writers, across fiction and non-fiction and at different stages of their careers. I read widely and eclectically, and my list reflects my broad tastes as a reader. I have a background in classical languages and philosophy, so as well as being seduced by great writing and by an author with something new to say, I have a particular interest in books that tackle questions of what makes us who we are and the events – big or small – that shape human lives.
I represent a diverse range of commercial fiction – saga, romance, book club and ‘up-lit’ – and literary fiction, ranging from the quirky to the daring and experimental. I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction and also have a soft spot for novels that explore the complexities of relationships and family life.
My non-fiction list is equally diverse, from illustrated books to social science, popular philosophy and gardening, as well as narrative non-fiction on death, hormones, sexual desire and what it’s like to live on a remote Scottish island. A writer who can successfully communicate their passion, whether that’s about something niche or obscure or a global phenomenon, will always be of interest to me.
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