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Darley Anderson
Proprietor and Agent
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Darley Anderson
Proprietor and Agent
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Darley Anderson

Proprietor and Agent

Darley Anderson is the founder and proprietor of the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. He is an ex-publisher who had almost twenty years experience in all aspects of general trade publishing. He was also the pioneering creator of the highly successful Overcoming Common Problems series from Sheldon Press – a UK brand leader in popular health book publishing.

He started his Agency single-handedly in 1988 beginning with three writers and a bank overdraft. Over the years Anderson has gained an international reputation as one of the very best – if not the best – talent spotter in the book business.

He represents a wide range of bestselling writers including Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French, Constance Briscoe, Chris Carter, Clare Dowling, Adrian Plass, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson and Cathy Cassidy.

Almost all his writers were unknown and unpublished when they sent their first ms to Anderson. He worked editorially with them before selling their ms. In many cases he negotiated six figure deals for these debuts. In some cases though, he had to persevere for many, many months when US and UK publishers failed to recognise his writers' sales potential.

Scrupulous in all business matters and a tough dealmaker, Anderson has negotiated some of the highest seven and eight figure advances ever achieved for British and Irish writers.

All those whom he represents would echo the words of the UK’s biggest selling hardback adult fiction writer Martina Cole, who has said of Anderson: “I have the best Agent in London”.

For all enquiries regarding Darley Anderson's authors please email rebeka@darleyanderson.com

Authors represented by Darley

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Reacher returns for Season Two!

May 2022

Calling all Reacher Fans!

You heard it right, season 2 of #ReacherOnPrime will be based on Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, #11), written by the legendary Lee Child.

Filming will commence this fall.

Watch season 1 now only on Amazon Prime, all episodes now streaming!

Reacher returns at No.1!

April 2022

Reacher rules supreme at the top of the Sunday Times Paperback Fiction List this week in Better Off Dead. 

Reacher never backs down from a problem.

And he's about to find a big one, on a deserted road in Arizona, where a car has crashed into the only tree for miles around.

To get answers will be even harder. There are people in this hostile, empty place who would rather die than reveal their secrets.

But then, if Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.

Out now in the UK in eBook, paperback and Audio! 

Camilla Bolton
Senior Agent
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Camilla Bolton
Senior Agent
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Camilla Bolton

Senior Agent

Camilla joined the Darley Anderson Agency in 2007 and was named as a publishing Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2013. At the Agency she represents The Sunday Times and The New York Times bestsellers and critically acclaimed authors.

Overall her list features ebook bestsellers, established authors and debut authors including Haleh Agar, Tom Bale, Vicki Bradley, James Carol, Gloria Cook, A J Cross, Jason Dean, Hayley Doyle, G R Halliday, Egan Hughes, Emma Kavanagh, T M Logan, Imran Mahmood, Phoebe Morgan, B A Paris, Jo Platt, Rebecca Shaw, Rob Sinclair, Sean Slater, Catherine Steadman, Lee Stone, G X Todd, Tim Weaver and David Wishart.

Camilla represents crime, thriller, suspense and women’s fiction. She loves working editorially with her authors and is looking for new talent.

Camilla co-founded Pitch An Agent in conjunction with CrimeFest. This annual event gives new writers the exciting opportunity to meet agents and discuss their work. Camilla studied English Literature and Psychology at Cardiff University, specialising in Novel Writing. After gaining a distinction from the University of the Arts, Camilla went on to work for a national newspaper before joining the Darley Anderson Agency.

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Authors represented by Camilla

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Literary Agent of the Year Shortlist Announced

March 2022

Congratulations to our very own Camilla Bolton on her well-deserved nomination for Literary Agent of the Year at this years Nibbies Awards. 

Camilla works tirelessly for the agency and her authors and we're thrilled that her incredible achievements have been recognised by the industry. 

Well done to Camilla and all the other nominees!

 

T M Logan's THE CURFEW is an instant top 10 bestseller!

March 2022

T M Logan's new up-all-night thriller THE CURFEW published last week and is an instant top 10 hardback bestseller! 

Tanera Simons
Literary Agent
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Tanera Simons
Literary Agent
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Tanera Simons

Literary Agent

Tanera has been working at the Darley Anderson Agency since 2017 and represents Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling authors. She has always been a huge fan of commercial fiction, with a particular interest in romantic comedies and sweeping love stories. Tanera is open to all submissions that could be described as book club, rom-com, romance, or historical fiction, and has a soft spot for standout voices, memorable characters, and stories that will make you laugh or cry (or both!). Tanera represents authors in both the UK and the US, including: Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Lauren North, Mandy Baggot, and Emma Steele.

Tanera studied at Exeter University where she gained a BA in English Literature before she went on to join the Lovereading team. Here, she spent much of her time doing what she loves most: reading books and discussing them with like-minded people. She then went on to work within the production team of a well-known publishing house, which gave her a good grounding in the world of publishing.

Authors represented by Tanera

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Huge success for THE KEEPER OF STORIES

May 2022

Congratulations to Sally Page, the debut author of The Keeper of Stories, for over 75,000 sales across all formats in just 12 weeks!

This beautiful, heart-warming book has spent nearly it’s entire lifespan in the top-ten Most Sold on Amazon and is the 20th bestselling title within the Harper Collins family this year – an unprecedented achievement for a digital-first publication.

Beth O'Leary storms the top 10 again!

April 2022

Bestseller or Bethseller?

Beth O'Leary's new hardback release The No-Show went straight into the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller list this weekend. Congratulations Beth on hitting this milestone with every one of your releases, what an incredible achievement!

Clare Wallace
Literary Agent
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Clare Wallace
Literary Agent
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Clare Wallace

Literary Agent

Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. Clare is building both the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency and the Darley Anderson Illustration Agency lists and is scouting for new authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Clare also represents a boutique list of commercial and accessible literary women’s fiction but is closed to new submissions.

At the Agency Clare represents authors in adult fiction both in the UK and the US including Sophie Cousens, Kerry Fisher, Pat Sowa, Phaedra Patrick, Polly Ho-Yen, Martyn Ford, Tom Ellen, Honor Cargill-Martin, Deirdre Sullivan and Beth Reekles. For a list of Clare's children's clients, please go to our children's website.

Clare formerly assisted the Luxton Harris Ltd literary agency. Graduating with a first from a BA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, Clare went on to gain a distinction on the MA in Creative Writing. She has proof-listened to hundreds of adults and children’s audio books for AudioGO and worked for Cardiff University as a research assistant and coach to international students.

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Publication Day for Olivia Hope

May 2022

Today marks the publication of Olivia Hope's debut picture book, Be Wild, Little One. Illustrated by Daniel Egneus, this beautiful book celebrates nature in all its forms and encourages children to get out and be wild!

This gorgeous, uplifting picture book celebrates the wildness in all of us, and the beauty of the world all around us. Prepare for a heart-lifting journey through the beauties of nature: from pine forests to awe-inspiring mountains, and from sparkling seas to starry skies, each page is full of wonders. Fly across oceans, run with wolves through the mountain snow, dance with fireflies, and prepare to BE WILD!

Out now in hardback.

Double Whammy for the Darley Anderson Agencies!

May 2022

Today marks publication day for The Boy Who Grew A Tree, written by Polly Ho-Yen and illustrated by Darley Anderson Illustration Agency client Sojung Kim-McCarthy! 

Nature-loving Timi is unsettled by the arrival of a new sibling and turns to tending a tree growing in his local library. But there is something magical about the tree and it is growing FAST… and the library is going to close. Can Timi save the library and his tree, and maybe bring his community closer together along the way? A charming early reader for ages 5-8, filled with black-and-white illustrations.

Congratulations to Polly and Sojung!

Lydia Silver
Literary Agent
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Lydia Silver
Literary Agent
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Lydia Silver

Literary Agent

With a background in middle grade and YA fiction, Lydia represents clients across all age groups, including picture book, chapter book, middle grade and YA, and has a particular focus on non-fiction. Lydia reads and considers widely, and among other things she is looking for snort-inducing stories for younger readers, clever and contemporary teenage and YA fiction, and non-fiction projects that take big ideas and make them easily navigable, accessible and fun.She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent. Lydia represents clients including Soofiya, Gina Blaxill, Mark Bradley, Ryan Hammond, Alice Harman, Joyce Efia Harmer, Catherine Jacob, Hannah Moffatt, Rachel Morrisroe, Nick Sheridan and Rashmi Sirdeshpande.

Lydia is actively looking for submissions from all under-represented writers. Please include the hashtag #diversevoices in the subject line of your email when you submit.

@LydiaRSilver 

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The Drama Llama out today!

April 2022

Rachel Morrisroe's latest picture book, The Drama Llama, is out today! Her second book with Puffin, The Drama Llama is a hilarious and heartwarming tale offering practical advice about dealing with anxiety while taking the reader along on Alex and his mischievous llama's high jinks!

Alex Allen, like lots of children, sometimes worried about things - like dancing badly or getting an answer wrong in class. But unlike lots of children, every time he worries a real-life llama appears! And the more Alex worries, the bigger Llama grows... which starts getting him into all sorts of trouble!

Will Alex ever learn how to control his worries and get rid of this pesky llama?

Available now in paperback.

Publication Day for Gina Blaxill

April 2022

Gina Blaxill's latest YA novel, You Can Trust Me, is out today! A bold feminist read, this thriller takes a head on look at privilege, bias and sexual assault within teenage circles. 

When Alana's best friend is found drowned in a pool, the forensic reports discover date-rape drug GHB in her blood. GHB from a drink Alana knows was meant for her.

Despite the swirling rumours, the suspected group of boys seem untouchable. To investigate, Alana allows herself to be pulled into their glittering orbit.

But among shifting alliances, changing alibis and buried secrets, can she pinpoint which of the boys is responsible before she becomes their next target?

Available now!

Becca Langton
Literary Agent
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Becca Langton
Literary Agent
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Becca Langton

Literary Agent

Becca studied History at Cambridge and loved studying (and student life) so much that she went on to add a PGCE, a masters in Children’s literature and a second masters in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University to her CV. Whilst chasing that ‘back to school’ high, Becca has gained experience in almost every part of the publishing industry. She started out as an editorial assistant at Hot Key Books before joining the licensing world to work as a magazine editor and publishing manager for Moshi Monsters. After a spell developing original ideas for Pottermore she became a literary scout (the super sleuth of the publishing world) where she learned the importance of the foreign rights market. Becca joined Darley Anderson as a literary agent in October 2021 and is now building a list with a particular focus on the US market.

Becca is looking for new stories in all shapes and sizes, from middle grade and graphic novel to teen and YA fiction. Becca reads widely but loves books with compelling voices, twists and brave new ideas. In YA she would love to see some Queer fantasy, rom-coms with plenty of ‘com’ and contemporary stories told from a new perspective. For younger readers she love/hates the books that make her cry and is on the search for characters that stay with her long after the final page. High-stakes adventure stories are welcome as are graphic novels and books that make you want to read just one more chapter…
 

Authors represented by Becca

Mary Darby
Head of Rights
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Mary Darby
Head of Rights
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Mary Darby

Head of Rights

Mary is the Head of Rights at Darley Anderson and oversees all translation rights for the agency's authors all over the world, for both the Adults and Children's lists along with Kristina and Georgia.

Mary joined Darley Anderson as Rights Assistant in February 2011 after working with the Rights Department at Bloomsbury and as a book seller at Stanfords Map and Travel Book Shop in Covent Garden.

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Rights Professional of the Year Shortlist Announced

March 2022

We are thrilled to announce that our Head of International Rights, Mary Dary, has been shortlisted for this year's Nibbies!

Mary has worked in the Darley Anderson Rights Team for over ten years, cultivating brilliant relationships with our overseas partners and authors. She has worked tirelessly on No.1 Bestsellers across the world including Chris Carter, Lee Child, Catherine Steadman and Cathy Cassidy. 

We are incredibly lucky to have her talents at the Agency and wish her the best of luck! 

Kristina Egan
Rights Agent
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Kristina Egan
Rights Agent
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Kristina Egan

Rights Agent

Kristina joined the agency in June 2015. As a Rights Agent, she handles translation rights for DA Agency and DA Children's Agency authors in a number of countries, including Spain, Brazil, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

Kristina has a BA in English & Media from Birmingham City University and briefly interned as a writer at The Huffington Post. She worked in various office based roles in Education, Insurance and Finance, before joining the agency. 

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Georgia Fuller
Rights Agent
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Georgia Fuller
Rights Agent
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Georgia Fuller

Rights Agent

Georgia joined the agency as a Rights Agent in January 2019. She handles translation rights for both Adult and Children's titles across multiple territories, including Japan, Korea, Russia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Before joining the DA team, Georgia worked in the Rights department at Bloomsbury. 

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Publication Day for Another Woman's Child

August 2020

Kerry Fisher's Another Woman's Child is set for publication today.

Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?

Another Woman’s Child is an unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the secrets we keep from our families, and the sacrifices we are willing to make for those we love.

Congratulations, Kerry!

Sheila David
Dramatic Rights Agent
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Sheila David
Dramatic Rights Agent
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Sheila David

Dramatic Rights Agent

Sheila David handles dramatic rights for the DA Agency and is the first point of contact for all dramatic rights queries for DA Authors. She has been at the Agency since 2013 and also represents a handful of screenwriters.

She read History at the University of Edinburgh and took her diploma in Law from BPP.

 

@SheilaDeviDavid

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Imran Mahmood's YOU DON'T KNOW ME for BBC One

May 2022

Samuel Adewunmi (The Missing, Angela Black) stars in the hit BBC One drama, which has been met with acclaim from both audiences and critics alike.

"A clever courtroom drama with a canny star performance at its centre." - Ed Cumming, The Independent

Based on Imran Mahmood's electrifying novel of the same name, all four captivating episodes of You Don't Know Me are now streaming on BBC iPlayer. 

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone to become Hallmark Movie

June 2021

Phaedra Patrick's Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, is being developed into a Hallmark Movie. 

Shooting is due to begin this month, with Tom Everett Scott cast in the role of Benedict, alongside Mía Maestro as his wife and Ella Ballentine as Gemma. The movie is set for release on the 26th of September 2021.

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone, published by Park Row Books in the US and HQ in the UK, and previously known as Wishes Under the Willow Tree in the UK, is Phaedra’s second novel, published after the success of her bestselling debut, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

Phaedra is known for her curiously charming fiction and feel-good commercial reads about everyday people and their life journeys. Her books have been published in 24 languages and have won a number of prizes, including the French Prix des Lectrices Milady 2017

Rosanna Bellingham
Financial Controller
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Financial Controller
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Rosanna Bellingham

Financial Controller

Rosanna became the Agency’s Financial Controller in 2008.

After graduating in English Literature at the University of Nottingham Rosanna joined a dynamic new finance house and fell in love with deal making, deadlines and pressure, finding work more fun than fun. 

She won Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Cook of The Year Competition and took up the prize of the one year Diploma Course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine which also included the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Intermediate Course.  She then passed the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. She has worked in farming, banking, law, hotels, catering, the wine trade, import, export, retail, wholesale and fashion. 

She takes great delight in all aspects of the Agency and thoroughly enjoys being, in the words of Lee Child, The Money Lady.

Peter Colegrove
Company Accountant
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Peter Colegrove
Company Accountant
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Peter Colegrove

Company Accountant

Peter Colegrove has been the company accountant since 1992. He is also a director and company secretary of the Darley Anderson Childrens Book Agency Ltd.



 

Steve Fisher
US Film Associate
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Steve Fisher
US Film Associate
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Steve Fisher

US Film Associate

Steve began his career in television journalism in New York, working for ABC News and CNN. At ABC he worked for World News Tonight as Head of the Research department and an Off Air Reporter and worked closely with then host Peter Jennings. At CNN he wrote anchor copy and field produced.

Turning to Hollywood, Steve trained at ICM, then began his agenting career at the venerable H.N. Swanson Agency, the oldest literary firm on the West Coast. Specializing in representing books to the film and TV business, he represents such authors as Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French, the estate of Patrick O'Brian, Robert Stone, Gregory Maguire, Peter Matthiessen, James Sallis, and many others.

His current company, Agency for the Performing Arts, has offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and Nashville.

Samantha Balfour
Assistant
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Samantha Balfour
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Samantha Balfour

Assistant

Samantha joined the Darley Anderson Agency in September 2016.

She is a graduate in Business Studies from London University. She has worked in interior design, property development and an Art Gallery and has travelled extensively in the course of business. She has a sports background in tennis, golf and swimming and taught Pilates for 8 years.

Samantha is in charge of the smooth running of the office and premises and takes particular care of new authors.

Chloe Davis
Junior Agent/Assistant to Clare Wallace
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Chloe Davis
Junior Agent/Assistant to Clare Wallace
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Chloe Davis

Junior Agent/Assistant to Clare Wallace

Chloe joined the Darley Anderson team in 2019 as the Children's Book agency assistant. She works very closely alongside agent Clare Wallace, assisting with her clients and talent spotting. She often gets a first look at submissions and passes on any promising manuscripts and portfolios to Clare and agent Lydia Silver. Chloe has also recently started to build her own list at the agency. She particularly enjoys middle-grade stories with plenty of heart, humour and adventure, as well as contemporary YA love stories.


Chloe previously worked in the Rights department at Pan Macmillan and as a Bookseller at Waterstones. She also has a degree in English Literature and French from the University of Edinburgh and spent a year studying in Paris. She particularly enjoys reading submissions, especially middle grade adventures and contemporary YA love stories.
 

Authors represented by Chloe

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Second Publication for Kate Foster

May 2022

The Bravest Word celebrates its Australian publication day today! This rescue story of love and trust between a boy and an abandoned dog is Kate Foster's second novel following the success of her debut PAWS, and deals with the important theme of childhood depression.

When eleven-year-old Matt finds Cliff, a hurt, neglected dog abandoned in the bush, he knows the brave little pup needs saving. He wants to help. But can he?

Lately, Matt has had way more bad days than good days. The pieces of his life just don’t seem to fit together any more and he doesn’t understand why. He’s finding it impossible to concentrate at school and has lost interest in the activities he used to love. Plus, he’s tired all the time.

Matt’s too afraid to share what’s really going on in his own head with anyone. His friends and family will never understand . . . maybe it’s not only Cliff who needs saving.

Available now in Australia. 

Rebeka Finch
Agent's Assistant
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Rebeka Finch
Agent's Assistant
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Rebeka Finch

Agent's Assistant

Rebeka joined the Agency as Darley's Assistant in November 2019.

Rebeka has a degree in History from the University of Exeter, and spent a semester abroad studying in America before graduting in July 2019. She enjoys reading submissions, particularly new adult and compemporary romance fiction, and working on the Agency's social media. 


 

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Welcome to Instagram

January 2020

With the start of the New Year it's time to introduce the Darley Anderson instagram account. 

Keep up to date with all of our publications, authors, illustrators and more. Go and give it a follow @darleyanderson_agency

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Jade Kavanagh
Junior Agent/Assistant to Camilla Bolton
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Jade Kavanagh
Junior Agent/Assistant to Camilla Bolton
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Jade Kavanagh

Junior Agent/Assistant to Camilla Bolton

Jade joined Darley Anderson as Camilla’s assistant and Junior Agent in April 2020 after assisting at Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. Jade has also recently started to build her own list at the agency. 

Jade has a degree in English Literature from the University of Westminster then went on to achieve her Masters in Modern and Contemporary Fictions. 

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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.