What I’m looking for
Nothing excites me more than discovering new talent, though it’s hard to predict in what form that talent will come. I look for novels that combine great writing, plot and pace, distinctive characters, emotional depth and a strong hook – all the things that keep you turning the page. I like to be challenged, surprised, moved to tears, or left on the edge of my seat (preferably all of those things!), by the novels I read. I accept fiction submissions in the areas of literary, upmarket commercial, book club, historical, crime and thrillers. I don’t represent science fiction, fantasy or children’s.
In non-fiction, I’m fascinated by books that give me an insight into how we live and what makes us tick, in whatever form they come (basically: I’m nosy). I’m always looking for serious non-fiction including popular science, particularly in the fields of human biology and medicine, psychology, feminism, big ideas and current affairs. I’m interested in well-researched, fact-based writing on health (of the body or mind) and personal development, as well as selective wellness and lifestyle projects. I’m always open to writers tackling familiar subjects in new and unique ways. Finally, I love narrative non-fiction, especially compelling personal voices, first person pieces and memoir.