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 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); dark and irreverent humour; sharp, unsentimental prose; astute social observation; and vivid characterisation.
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, The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, The Gathering by Anne Enright, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Ordinary People by Diana Evans and The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. I am keen to find a sharp-eyed, funny romantic comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously, in the vein of Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin.
I love a clever, carefully crafted ghost or horror story - the kind that keeps you awake at night. Most recently I enjoyed the brilliantly unsettling Starve Acre by Andrew Michael Hurley and the deliciously dark and gory story collection The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez. I am looking particularly for novels that explore occultism, séances, the uncanny, communicating with those in the afterlife.
I also read a lot of short stories. In these, I look for storytelling that is spare, controlled and led by a confident, distinctive 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.
If you'd like to submit your work to me, please email the first 3000 words/three chapters to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a synopsis and a biographical note.