Our writers mean business

About Us

The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency specialises in bestselling commercial fiction.


Our lists include: thrillers, mysteries, pyschological suspense, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical.


The Agency was founded in 1988 by Darley Anderson and has its Head Office in central South-West London, with a Regional Office near the book town of Hay-on-Wye. Many of the fiction writers, talent-spotted and personally represented by Darley Anderson himself, are among the highest paid bestselling authors in the world. Most notably Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French and Chris Carter.

Darley also represents top-selling writers Cathy Cassidy, Margaret Dickinson, Annie Murray, Jacqui Rose, Erik Storey, Adrian Plass, and Constance Briscoe as well as new debut authors Hazel Prior and Samantha Alexander. Adrian Plass, whose first book The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾ was a No.1 bestseller, has been with the Agency since its inception.

Martina Cole, whom Darley discovered in 1991, has had 15 No.1 UK bestsellers. She has spent more weeks at No.1 in the UK than any other adult fiction author.

Lee Child has achieved the unique feat among British writers of being No.1 in both US and UK hardback and paperback lists with each of his novels featuring Jack Reacher over the last ten years.

John Connolly is one of the very best crime writers in the world today. He is the winner of numerous prestigious Literary Awards and a London Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller. 

Over the years Darley has also represented a small number of Non-Fiction books. Two notable successes have been Constance Briscoe and Barbara and Alan Pease. Constance Briscoe was the first Agency author to become a No.1 Non-Fiction Bestseller in the UK with her memoir Ugly. And the Agency's biggest ever Non-Fiction Bestseller with sales exceeding 10 million copies worldwide was Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps by Alan and Barbara Pease.

Working with Darley Anderson to further build on the Agency’s enormous success with adult fiction are agents Camilla Bolton and Tanera Simons. Continuing the agency’s renowned reputation for talent spotting authors and launching careers, both Camilla and Tanera work closely with their authors and are actively looking for new talent.

At the agency recent top 10 Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling authors also include BA Paris and Tim Weaver, and mega-selling ebook successes include Tom Bale, Kerry Fisher, TM Logan and KL Slater. In 2017 the Agents negotiated six-figure deals both in the UK and US for debut authors Sandie Jones, Beth O’Leary, T M Logan and Catherine Steadman. Imran Mahmood's debut You Don't Know Me, and GX Todd's Defender were both published to critical acclaim in 2017. 

Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency

At The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency Ltd. we specialise in finding and nurturing new talent and we would love to hear from you. Visit our Children's Agency here


We have a world-class in-house rights team, handling all Translation and Film & TV Rights. Visit our Rights pages here for more information and how to get in touch. 

Our Agency motto is : 'Our Writers Mean Business'

The most commercially minded agency in London

Our UK literary agents have a long history of producing commercial success for our authors in a broad variety of genres. Many of our writers are among the highest-paid, bestselling authors in the world.