I’m incredibly hands on editorially and I love to help shape a piece of work from the very rough idea through to a polished, original manuscript. So I’m looking for a few special, standout books every year that I can pump my energy into and I’m happy to receive manuscripts even when just at a rough stage – that really excites me.
The books on my list are often tackling dark themes with a strong, fresh voice – I think for me it always comes back to the voice. Favourite authors of all time include Maggie O’Farrell, Sophie Hannah and Philip Ridley and I re-read DAKOTA OF THE WHITE FLATS all the time. I’m on the lookout for a new crime series with a protagonist that you want to come back to again and again and psychological thrillers with big ideas and daring twists. With historical fiction I’m open to original ideas and love seeing a time/place/person in a new light.
On the YA-side it’s a mix of commercial fantasy and issue-led fiction and books I’ve raved about recently include FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK and HEAT-SHAPED BRUISE. When it comes to middle-grade I’d like a really pacy adventure story.
I love those books that hit the reading group sweet spot – upmarket but with a clever commercial hook so something like THE ROSIE PROJECT which has real flair and heart. I thought A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY was extraordinarily good and I’m often drawn to family stories. I’m a huge fan of Jojo Moyes too and I think it’s time for a breakout debut in the vein of Jodi Picoult.
I also focus on finding standout young cookery writers and narrative non-fiction projects and we of course have excellent contacts across different media platforms.
- Women’s fiction
- Quirky accessible literary fiction
- YA and middle grade.
I can be flexible! Certainly happy to meet up for a session and to follow up on email.
- In person
- By email
- By Skype/telephone.