I joined Curtis Brown in 2018, after a couple of years in editorial at an independent publisher in Edinburgh. I now work alongside Felicity Blunt on her list of talented authors, and I am building my own list in fiction. I love working editorially with writers on their manuscripts - it is one of my favourite parts of my job.

I am accepting submissions. If you would like to submit your work to me, I'd be thrilled to read it. Please email the first 3000 words/three chapters to, along with a synopsis and a biographical note. 

I read widely and across genres, but in storytelling I am most often drawn to unpredictable, unreliable narrators (and I can't resist a good anti-hero); vivid characterisation and world building; confident, distinctive prose; and astute social observation. 

I particularly love to read about the relationships that shape - or even define - a life. I am looking for expansive, character-driven novels that explore complicated family dynamics, enduring friendships, coming of age, all kinds of love. Some favourite examples: Tender by Belinda McKeon, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson, The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, The Gathering by Anne Enright, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, and Ordinary People by Diana Evans. I am also a big fan of warm, playful romantic comedies that don't take themselves too seriously, in the vein of Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin. 

I love clever, carefully crafted ghost or horror stories - the kind that keep you awake at night. Most recently I enjoyed the brilliantly unsettling Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley and the deliciously dark, macabre short story collection The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez. I am always keen to read novels that explore occultism, séances, the uncanny.  

I also read a lot of short stories. In these, I look for storytelling that is spare, controlled and led by a strong voice, or that plays with time in unexpected ways. I often return to the stories of Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill, William Trevor and Denis Johnson.

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