Karolina Sutton has been named Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards, known as the ‘Nibbies’.
Recognised for her dedication to authors, her ability to spot talent and her passion for the industry, in her acceptance speech Karolina dedicated her award to all the writers whose books were published during Covid-restricted trade, urging readers to buy their books from independent bookshops.
In what was a publishing first, Karolina was the agent for both Booker Prize winners GIRL, WOMAN OTHER by Bernardine Evaristo and THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood. Throughout the year, her books topped bestseller charts and informed cultural conversations. They ranged from critically-acclaimed and bestselling fiction debuts, such as FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE by Taffy Brodesser-Akner or MY DARK VANESSA by Kate Elizabeth Russell to runaway word-of-mouth bestsellers, such as THE BOOK YOU WISH YOUR PARENTS HAD READ by Philippa Perry.
To quote the judges’ verdict, ‘gentle with clients and tough at the negotiating table, Sutton is a champion of both authors and publishers, and squeezes the last drop of potential out of every book. See the full citation here, and you can watch the ceremony here.