List of UK literary agencies

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This is a list of the major UK literary agencies, by order of the year of their establishment.

Literary agencies[edit]

Year founded Agency Management Notable clients Website Comments
1875 A P Watt Caradoc King (Chairman and Joint Managing Director), Derek Johns (Joint Managing Director) Philip Pullman www.apwatt.co.uk

www.unitedagents.co.uk/ap-watt

Oldest literary agency in the world. In December 2012 A P Watt joined the United Agents Partnership.[1]
1898 (USA) WME (UK) Simon Trewin (Head of UK Literary Division)[2] www.wmeauthors.co.uk Formerly William Morris Endeavor. The largest talent agency in the world, having been created in 2009 by the merger of the William Morris Agency and the Endeavor Agency.
1899 Curtis Brown Jonathan Lloyd (Chief Executive), Jonny Geller (Managing Director, Books Division) Jeffery Deaver www.curtisbrown.co.uk
1919 AM Heath Bill Hamilton (Managing Director) Hilary Mantel, George Orwell (estate) www.amheath.com
1924 Peters Fraser & Dunlop (PFD) Caroline Michel (Chief Executive) Simon Schama, Jeanette Winterson, C. S. Forester (estate) www.petersfraserdunlop.com Part of The Rights House Group, which was established in 2010. PFD is the result of a 1989 merger between the A. D. Peters Agency and the Fraser and Dunlop Agency.
1935 David Higham Associates Anthony Goff (Managing Director) J. M. Coetzee, Roald Dahl (estate), Stephen Fry, Eric Hobsbawm, Jacqueline Wilson www.davidhigham.co.uk Originally Pearn, Pollinger & Higham; David Higham Associates since 1956.
1956[3] Johnson & Alcock Michael Alcock, Andrew Hewson www.johnsonandalcock.co.uk Created in 2003 by the merger of Michael Alcock Management and the John Johnson Agency.[4]
1962 Sheil Land Associates Sonia Land (Chief Executive)[5] Peter Ackroyd, Melvyn Bragg,[6] Susan Hill,[7] Patrick O’Brian (estate)[8] www.sheilland.co.uk Based in London, UK. Incorporates Richard Scott Simon Ltd (1971) and Christy & Moore Ltd (1912). Overseas associates: Georges Borchardt, Inc. (USA).[9]
1963[10] Greene & Heaton Carol Heaton www.greeneheaton.co.uk Founded by Elaine Greene, who was later joined by Carol Heaton.[11]
1967 Rogers, Coleridge & White Gill Coleridge (Chairman), Peter Straus (Managing Director) www.rcwlitagency.com Founded as Deborah Rogers Ltd by Deborah Rogers who was soon joined by Pat White and in 1988 by Gill Coleridge when Rogers, Coleridge & White was formed. Representing adult fiction and non-fiction, and children's and YA.
1973 (USA)[12] Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Claire Conrad (Director, London Office)[13] www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk London office opened in 2000.[12]
1974[14] Independent Talent Duncan Heath (Chairman), Paul Lyon-Maris (Deputy Chairman and Managing Director), Lyndsey Posner (Managing Director - Corporate Affairs)[15] www.independenttalent.com Founded as Duncan Heath & Associates, which was bought by ICM in 1985.[16] In 1991, ICM merged Duncan Heath & Associates with its UK office and, in 2002, a management buyout took place.[17] The agency was renamed Independent Talent in August 2007.[17]
1974 MBA Diana Tyler (Joint Managing Director), Laura Longrigg (Joint Managing Director) www.mbalit.co.uk
1976[18] Ed Victor Literary Agency Ed Victor (Executive Chairman), Sophie Hicks (Joint Managing Director), Margaret Phillips (Joint Managing Director)[3] www.edvictor.com
1976 Aitken Alexander Associates Gillon Aitken (Chairman), Clare Alexander (Joint Managing Director), Sally Riley (Joint Managing Director) www.aitkenalexander.co.uk Originally Gillon Aitken Associates, and operated for a time as Aitken & Stone.
1982 Blake Friedmann Carole Blake (Joint Managing Director), Julian Friedmann (Joint Managing Director) www.blakefriedmann.co.uk Created by the merger of Julian Friedmann Literary Agency and the Carole Blake Literary Agency, which were founded in 1976 and 1977 respectively.
1985 Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency Caroline Sheldon www.carolinesheldon.co.uk
1988 Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Andrew Lownie (Managing Director) www.andrewlownie.co.uk
1988 Darley Anderson Darley Anderson (Founder and Proprietor)[19] Lee Child, Martina Cole www.darleyanderson.com
1995 David Godwin Associates (DGA) David Godwin (Director), Heather Godwin (Director)[20] davidgodwinassociates.com
1996[21] Lucas Alexander Whitley (LAW) Mark Lucas (Director), Julian Alexander (Director), Araminta Whitley (Director), Philippa Milnes-Smith (Managing Director)[21] Frank Gardner, Sophie Kinsella, Andy McNab, Kate Mosse, Condé Nast, Philip Reeve, Chris Riddell, Nigel Slater, Alison Weir http://www.lawagency.co.uk/ Based in London, UK, LAW was founded in 1996[22] by literary agents Mark Lucas, Julian Alexander, and Araminta Whitley. In 2001 Philippa Milnes-Smith joined the agency from Penguin Children's Books to create a children's and YA department.[23]
2000[24] Conville & Walsh Clare Conville, Patrick Walsh, Jake Smith-Bosanquet (Managing Director), Alan Oliver (Finance Director)[25] DBC Pierre, S. J. Watson, Charlie Brooker, Belle de Jour, Vic Reeves, Francis Bacon (estate) www.convilleandwalsh.com
2002[26] Jenny Brown Associates Jenny Brown www.jennybrownassociates.com The largest literary agency in Scotland.[26]
2003 Eve White Literary Agency Eve White Andy Stanton, Tracey Corderoy, Rae Earl Johnson www.evewhite.co.uk
2005 Graham Maw Christie Literary Agency Jennifer Christie, Jane Graham Maw Rosie Millard, Sheila Chandra www.grahammawchristie.com Based in London, UK.
2007 United Agents Peter Bennett-Jones (Co-Chairman), Lindy King (Co-Chairman), St. John Donald (Managing Director)[27] www.unitedagents.co.uk In October 2013 Jon Elks of United Agents sold the North American rights for Tina Seskis’s debut novel One Step Too Far to HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint for $500,000.[28]
2008 Writers House UK Angharad Kowal (Managing Director) www.writershouse.com In April 2008, Writers House opened Writers House UK, a London-based office run by Angharad Kowal, dedicated to selling and supporting US Authors directly in the United Kingdom, British Commonwealth, Australia, and New Zealand. Angharad is now actively looking to expand her representation of UK authors.
2012 [29] Madeleine Milburn Ltd Madeleine Milburn, Giles Milburn CJ Daugherty, Cally Taylor

Fiona Barton, Holly Bourne, Nuala Ellwood, Gail Honeyman, C.J. Tudor

www.madeleinemilburn.co.uk Literary, TV & Film Agency based in Mayfair, London, founded by Madeleine Milburn in February 2012[30] Representing adult fiction and non-fiction, and children's and YA, with a reputation for launching new writers on a global level in major deals[31]
2012 Hardman & Swainson Caroline Hardman & Joanna Swainson (Founders & Literary Agents), Hannah Ferguson (Literary Agent) www.hardmanswainson.com Based in London, UK, Hardman & Swainson was founded in June 2012[32] by Caroline Hardman and Joanna Swainson. In September 2014, Hannah Ferguson joined the agency from the Marsh Agency.[33] Hardman & Swainson represents a range of fiction and non-fiction.
2013 Rocking Chair Books: A Literary Agency Samar Hammam (Director & Literary Agent) www.rockingchairbooks.com Dedicated to original page-turning books.
2014 Skylark Literary Amber Caraveo, Joanna Moult http://www.skylark-literary.com Specialist Children's and YA Literary Agency
2016 Blue Boar Books www.blueboarbooks.yolasite.com Children's, YA and Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction Literary Agents
2016 Outlaw Agents UK Sam Bellis, Tom Edwards Adam Manuel, Danny Martin http://www.outlawagentsuk.com UK Screenwriting Agent specialising in Film, TV, Video Games and viral campaign industries.
2017 Sinead Heneghan Literary Agency Sinead Heneghan http://www.sineadheneghan.com Literary agency based in Manchester, UK, specialising in contemporary fiction from the crime and thriller genres to romance and high-concept.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AP Watt". United Agents. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Charlotte Williams, "Trewin made literary head at WME", The Bookseller, 18 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b Writers' Copyright Association, Directory of Literary Agents.
  4. ^ Johnson & Alcock, Agents.
  5. ^ Sonia Land, LinkedIn.com.
  6. ^ Sheil Land Associates, Authors A–E.
  7. ^ Sheil Land Associates, Authors F–L.
  8. ^ Sheil Land Associates, Authors M–R.
  9. ^ ”Sheil Land Associates Ltd” Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2016 (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016).
  10. ^ Greene & Heaton, About Us - The Agency.
  11. ^ Greene & Heaton, About Us - Carol Heaton.
  12. ^ a b About, Janklow & Nesbit (UK).
  13. ^ Janklow & Nesbit (UK), People - Claire Conrad.
  14. ^ Sathnam Sanghera, Agent Provocateur Archived 2010-12-07 at the Wayback Machine., The Financial Times, 29 January 2002.
  15. ^ Casting Call Pro, Independent Talent Group.
  16. ^ Sanghera, Agent Provocateur Archived 2010-12-07 at the Wayback Machine..
  17. ^ a b Wendy Mitchell, "London agency ICM changes name to Independent", Screen Daily, 31 August 2007.
  18. ^ Ed Victor Literary Agency, Welcome.
  19. ^ Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, Darley Anderson - Proprietor.
  20. ^ DGA, About DGA.
  21. ^ a b "LAW Literary Agents London - Lucas Alexander Whitley Literary Agency". lawagency.co.uk. 
  22. ^ "Literary Agents", Ragged.
  23. ^ "Agents", LAW.
  24. ^ Conville and Walsh FAQ
  25. ^ "Jake Smith-Bosanquet appointed to board", Conville and Walsh.
  26. ^ a b "About Us", Jenny Brown Associates.
  27. ^ Joel Rickett, Flying a United flag, The Bookseller, 3 April 2008.
  28. ^ "Frankfurt Book Fair 2013: HC Wins Self-Published Novel In Major Buy". Publishers Weekly. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  29. ^ Madeleine Milburn, "Why Choose Our Literary agency", Madeleine Milburn Ltd.
  30. ^ Coen and O'Halloran join Madeleine Milburn, The Bookseller.
  31. ^ Seven-figure deal for debut writer, The Bookseller.
  32. ^ Hardman & Swainson Launch New Agency, The Bookseller.
  33. ^ Ferguson joins Hardman & Swainson, The Bookseller.