In fiction, I’m drawn to ambitious, unusual stories that lean towards the accessible literary and upmarket book group crossover. My preference is for dark contemporary novels with unique, vivid characters and compelling plots that delve into our most intimate experiences and relationships: obsessive friendships and love stories; loss and loneliness; trauma; dysfunctional families; urban life. I’m also a sucker for new takes on folklore and myth, particularly of a feminist or regional flavour.
Some novelists I loved reading include Celeste Ng, Leila Slimani, Kate Atkinson, Hanya Yanagihara, Sophie Mackintosh, Liane Moriarty, Colm Tóibín, Ali Smith, Donna Tartt, Elena Ferrante, Ayobami Adebayo, Louise Candlish, Edward St Aubyn, Daisy Johnson, Angela Carter and J.G. Ballard.
I’m also particularly interested in intelligent, upmarket takes on historical fiction that bring the past to life in new and unexpected ways such as Mantel’s Cromwell trilogy, Hamnet, The Essex Serpent and Fingersmith.
In non-fiction, my tastes are pretty broad: nature and/or travel writing, MBS (particularly mindfulness), politics, popular science and psychology, literary and cultural criticism. I love cookbooks, concept-led food writing and unpretentious guides to wine. I’m also drawn to anything that illuminates the lives of women, both close to home and around the world. Good examples of this are Leila Slimani’s Sex and Lies, Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and of course the brilliant Three Women.
Finally, I have a real soft spot for anything related to Art or Art History, particularly when it’s set against the story of a changing society. Some of my favourites are Martin Gayford, Edmund du Waal, Grayson Perry and Kassia St. Clair.
I currently work alongside Sheila Crowley on her wonderful list of clients while also building my own list across fiction and non-fiction. Before joining Curtis Brown in the summer of 2018, I worked with literary agents Sonia Land and Vivien Green.