I began working in the book industry in 1989, as a bookseller, and joined Curtis Brown in 2005 after nearly 15 years as an editor and, later, publishing director. A recent Guardian interview with me, 'How do I become a ... literary agent', explains how I got from there to here, and the way in which I approach my work.
I was honoured to be named Agent of the Year at the Bookseller British Book Industry Awards 2015, and I'm President of the Association of Authors' Agents 2016 - 2018.
While some editors know me for the broad non-fiction side of my client list, which includes entertainment, history and lifestyle, I'm passionate about my select fiction list, which features both literary and commercial writing but always with a strong sense of personality to it, and great storytellers.
My profile page features clients representing something of the range of my list with projects under way this year. Click on the Clients button see a full list. Our submissions portal tells you more about the kind of new work I am looking for. I am assisted by Niall Harman.
I discovered the secret poetry of Donald Trump – and it's tremendous https://t.co/5uq4BMqoog @CBGBooks @canongatebooks
And read her fabulous book @panmacmillan @DaphneSelfe ! https://t.co/p7Jb4zkBUA
RT @mermhart: Oh this is lovely. Thank you. https://t.co/D7lXJ4FtSx