I joined A.M.Heath in 1983 having been brought up amongst many of the agency’s writers. I’ve been proud to continue a great tradition at A.M.Heath spanning the estate of George Orwell to the international phenomenon that Hilary Mantel has become. I love great storytelling, great writing, great history, and almost any mixture of these in both fiction and non-fiction. It’s all about fostering talent for as long as it takes, and embracing a constantly changing marketplace. I’m also privileged to represent many outstanding American writers of fiction and non-fiction across the spectrum, through our alliances in New York.
After 7 years at Toby Eady Associates, I joined A.M.Heath in 1999. In my time as an agent I have taken great pleasure in working with lighthouse obsessives, professional blackjack players, writers of historical adventure, novelists – both literary and commercial – biographers, academics and cooks. Among these there are Sunday Times Bestsellers and prize-winners. I am always looking for new voices. At the moment I am particularly interested in sophisticated literary fiction, high-quality women’s fiction, all kinds of food writing, and narrative non-fiction that reads like the very best fiction – but I will always be excited by ambitious storytelling, in any genre.
I have been at AM Heath since 2005, and am one of the senior agents here. Before that, I was an agent at Curtis Brown. I have always loved finding new authors and working with them. I represent a range of different kinds of fiction, from the very literary to the more commercial. I’m looking for strong prose, unique voices and a compelling narrative. In terms of genre, I’m most interested in crime, thrillers, historical and upmarket women’s fiction. I am also open to well-written speculative fiction in the vein of STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel or UNDER THE SKIN by Michel Faber. My non-fiction tastes are for memoir, new nature writing (think Robert MacFarlane), popular psychology and current affairs. I have been a committee member of the Association of Authors’ Agents as well as serving as the external examiner on one of the country’s leading creative writing courses. I am also a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award.
After nine years at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, I joined A.M.Heath in 2012. My client list includes award-winning, bestselling authors of crime, suspense and speculative fiction and I’m always on the hunt for novels with high concept plots, compelling characters and interesting locations: books that stand at the crossroads of different genres. On the non-fiction front, I also enjoy sports writing and reportage. I’ve given talks to various writers’ groups both home and abroad, university courses and international book fairs as well as being a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow in 2010.
I joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where I started the children’s book side of the list. I’m lucky to represent some fabulous writers, but I’m always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and consider the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth. I’m looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.