viola.hayden@curtisbrown.co.uk
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Viola
Hayden

I joined Curtis Brown in January 2020, having spent the previous six years as an editor. I am associate agent and actively building my own list. I am looking for commercial and reading group fiction, but also narrative non-fiction and some memoir. 

I’m keen on novels that reflect the complexities of the female experience: Marian Keyes’ warmth, wit and real heroines; Naoise Dolan’s razor-sharp observations and whiplash-inducing dialogue; Kiley Reid’s light treatment of uncomfortable situations, difficult questions and harsh realities. Stories structured differently like One DayThe Heart’s Invisible Furies and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are wonderful, but crucially they are substance over style. I love a good mind-bending crime or suspense novel and am on the hunt for a series character like Jackson Brodie or Jimmy Perez. Lastly, the ultimate escape: historical fiction. Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters series is magnificent, as are Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Bridget Collins’ The Binding.

My non-fiction interests are equally broad. Rutger Bregman’s Humankind and Caroline Criado Perez’s Invisible Women challenge and revolutionise the way we see ourselves. I adored Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love and Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail for their honesty, both relatable and empowering. When it comes to memoir, it’s all about ordinary people with extraordinary stories: The Glass Castle, The Salt Path, Just Mercy

I am not looking to represent science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories, poetry or books for children and young adults. 

If you'd like to submit your work to me, please email me at viola.hayden@curtisbrown.co.uk with a synopsis and sample chapters, or go to Curtis Brown's submissions portal

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