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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Almost all his writers were unknown and unpublished when they sent their first ms to Anderson.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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Pentecost and Parker out in the US!

August 2021

US fans it's finally time to get your hands on a copy of Fortune Favors the Dead in paperback! 

Not a debut to miss, Stephen Spotswood delivers thrills, chills and a wonderful new detective duo in the form of Lillian Pentecost and Willowjean Parker!

Forget Sherlock and Watson, Pentecost and Parker are on the case. 

 

Pentecost and Parker in Paperback!

July 2021

Your new favourite crime solving duo, Pentecost and Parker, are back in Paperback!

Fortune Favours the Dead is the incredible debut title from Spotswood. A new take on the classic hard-boiled murder mystery.

Forget Sherlock and Watson, Pentecost and Parker are on the case.  

Out now in the UK in paperback, audio, eBook! 

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.

@CamillaJBolton

Authors represented by Camilla

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DI Monica Kennedy book 2 from G R Halliday our in paperback today

July 2021

THREE MISTAKES. TWO MURDERS. ONE MORE VICTIM TO GO . . .

Annabelle speeds along a deserted mountain road in the Scottish Highlands, suddenly forced to swerve. The next thing she remembers is waking up in a dark, damp room.

Scott is camping in the Scottish woodlands when he hears a scream. He starts to run. Scott is never seen again.

Meanwhile DI Monica Kennedy has been called to her first Serious Crimes case in six months - a dismembered body has been found, abandoned in a dam. When another victim surfaces, Monica knows she is on the hunt for a ruthless killer; but her own dark past isn't far behind.

Newest psychological thriller from B A Paris out today in paperback

July 2021

The incrdible and gripping psychological thriller from B A Paris is out today in paperback! 

‘B A Paris is the queen of psychological thrillers and her latest does not disappoint’ My Weekly

‘This spooky thriller with excellent twists and a really fast-paced shock finale’ Heat

‘A dark family drama’ The Sun

Tanera Simons
Literary Agent
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Tanera Simons
Literary Agent
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Tanera Simons

Literary Agent

Tanera joined the Darley Anderson team in early 2017 and is building the women’s fiction list. She is a huge fan of commercial romances, and is open to all submissions within the genre: she has a particular passion for strong female leads and authors with a unique voice. She currently represents authors both in the UK and US, including: Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Mandy Baggot, and Lauren North.

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.

@Tanera Simons
 

Authors represented by Tanera

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Guilty as charge, Sandie Jones is back in the US.

August 2021

The compelling, twisty novel from international bestselling author Sandie Jones, The Guilt Trip, is out now in the US. 

They went away as friends

They came back as suspects . . .

This brilliant new title is out now in the US!

Make sure you pick up your copy from stands now! 

The Guilt Trip publishes in eBook!

May 2021

The Guilt Trip is the compelling, twisty new novel from Reese Witherspoon Book Club author, Sandie Jones. Now out in eBook. 

They went away as friends
They came back as suspects . . .

Jack and Rachel. Noah and Paige. Will and Ali. Five friends who’ve known each other for years. And Ali, Will’s new fiancée.

To celebrate the forthcoming wedding, all three couples are having a weekend get-away together in Portugal.

It’s a chance to relax and get to know Ali a little better perhaps. A newcomer to their group, she seems perfectly nice and Will seems happy after years of bad choices. But Ali is hiding more than one secret . . .

By the end of the weekend there’ll be one dead body and five people with guilty consciences wondering if they really know each other so well after all. Because one of them has to be the killer . . .

Pick up your copy now in eBook! Paperback out 19th August! 

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.

@LitAgentClare

Authors represented by Clare

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Ninth Publication for Kerry Fisher

July 2021

Kerry Fisher's latest title, Other People's Marriages, publishes today. An emotional and thrilling family drama, this is Kerry's ninth title and is published by Bookouture. Kerry's previous titles, including The Woman I Was Before and The Silent Wife, have gone on to become bestsellers and have been published in a number of languages around the world.

Steph has spent decades building a family with her husband Mal, and putting that family first. She is the glue that holds them all together and she has convinced herself that she’s been happy… most of the time. But as she stands at her birthday party watching her husband talking about a wonderful marriage she doesn’t fully recognise, the doubts that she has been pushing down for so long begin to grow…

Out now in ebook and paperback.

Adult Fiction Debut for Deirdre Sullivan

May 2021

Deirdre Sullivan's debut adult fiction title, I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay, publishes today.

In this dark, glittering collection of short stories, Deirdre Sullivan explores the trauma and power that reside in women's bodies. A teenage girl tries to fit in at a party held in a haunted house, with unexpected and disastrous consequences. A mother and daughter run a thriving online business selling antique dolls, while their customers get more than they bargained for. And after a stillbirth, a young woman discovers that there is something bizarre and wondrous growing inside of her. With empathy and invention, Sullivan effortlessly blends genres in stories that are by turns strange and exquisite.

Sullivan's previous Young Adult titles include the award-winning and critically acclaimed Savage Her Reply, Perfectly Preventable Deaths and Tangleweed and Brine.

I Want to Know That I Will Be Okay is available now in paperback!

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 

Authors represented by Lydia

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Debut Publication for Rachel Morrisroe

June 2021

Today marks the publication of Rachel Morrisroe's debut picture book, How to Grow a Unicorn. Published by Puffin, this hilarious rhyming tale is illustrated by Steven Lenton and will make adults and children alike laugh out loud!

Welcome to Mr Pottifer's Parlour of Plants: a magical shop with the most surprising plants you'll ever see!

Sarah thinks she's discovered the perfect gift for her garden-loving grandma, but before you can say GARDEN FULL OF UNICORNS, things grow wildly out-of-hand!

Available today in paperback.

Good News out today!

June 2021

Rashmi Sirdeshpande's latest non-fiction title, Good News: Why the World is Not as Bad as You Think, publishes today. An empowering and uplifting guide to seeing the world in a more positive light, this is Rashmi's follow-up title to Dosh, her guide to all things finance, which was published by Wren and Rook. 

Pandemics, war, terror, natural disasters - the world seems to be full of bad news and it can all feel, well, a little bit scary. But this is just part of the story. There are in fact tons of great things happening, from robots improving health care and trees healing the planet, to everyday people helping their community with acts of kindness and the businesses fighting for good in the world.

In Good News, children will learn to become fake news detectives, sussing out what's real and what isn't. They'll discover the good news - the amazing anecdotes, case studies and figures around the globe that are making a difference. And they'll learn that if we all continue to work together, things can only keep getting better and better.

Empowering, reassuring and confidence-boosting, this book is a positive antidote for testing times.

Out now!

Mary Darby
Head of Rights
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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.

@maru_darbu

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.

Georgia has a degree in History and Spanish, and her love of detective thrillers could be applied even to her dissertation, which centred on international espionage. 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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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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Rosanna Bellingham
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.
 

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 historical fiction and murder mysteries, 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 in April 2020 after assisting at Caroline Sheldon Literary 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. Jade loves reading submissions and working closely with authors.
 

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