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Accepting submissions. Please email me a short synopsis and a three-chapter excerpt for fiction, or a concise proposal for non-fiction.

I really enjoy being hands-on when it comes to editorial, and I’m dedicated to helping authors get their work into the best shape before sharing with editors. Working with writers is such a privilege and I’m particularly keen to find those who want to build a career in books. Here are some of my top tips and more on the books I love to read.

I am on the hunt for literary and book club fiction, psychological suspense and anything with hints of gothic or folklore. What I look for is well-crafted and stylish prose, complex characterisations and probably at least a hint of darkness: obsessive friendships and relationships; loneliness; trauma; dysfunctional families; the strangeness of urban life. I’m also drawn to beautifully written, researched and evoked historical fiction.

In non-fiction, I’m particularly keen to hear from chefs, mixologists and food writers but I am also interested in narrative non-fiction, history, travel writing, current affairs, popular science, psychology, MBS and popular culture. I have a real soft spot for anything related to art or art history, whatever the genre.

Fiction I’ve lately enjoyed ranges from No One is Talking About This, The Push, A Net for Small Fishes, Open Water and The Dutch House. Across non-fiction and cookery, some recent highlights have been Square Haunting, In the Kitchen, On Chapel Sands, Nothing Fancy and Anna Jones’s One.

As well as building my own list, I work alongside Sheila Crowley on her wonderful authors. Before joining Curtis Brown in 2018, I was the Literary Assistant at Sheil Land Associates.

I’m afraid I’m not the right person for picture books, children's, YA or fantasy fiction.