Tutors & speakers

Our tutors are all published novelists with teaching experience. Our visiting speakers are renowned authors, leading publishers and top literary agents.


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Anna Davis

Anna is the founder and Director of the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. She is the author of five novels, published around the world in 20 languages: The DinnerMeltingCheetThe Shoe Queen and The Jewel Box.  She has worked for Curtis Brown for more than a decade as a book agent and has served on the management committee of the Association of Authors' Agents.

Christopher Wakling

Christopher’'s six acclaimed novels include What I Did, The Devil’'s Mask, and On Cape Three Points. Born in 1970, he read English at Oxford, then worked as a farm hand, teacher and lawyer, before turning to writing full-time in 2001. As well as writing fiction, Christopher is a travel writer for The Independent. He has tutored numerous creative-writing courses for Curtis Brown Creative and The Arvon Foundation.
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Jake Arnott

Jake is the author of six highly acclaimed novels. The Long Firm was the bestselling debut novel of 1999, and was followed by He Kills Coppers, Truecrime, Johnny Come Home and The Devil’'s Paintbrush. His latest novel The House of Rumour was published in 2013. In 2006, The Long Firm was made into a four-part, BAFTA-nominated series for BBC 2 and in 2008, He Kills Coppers was made into a three-part series for ITV1.

Nikita Lalwani

Nikita Lalwani'’s first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and was the winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction. Her second novel The Village was published in June 2012. Nikita was a judge for the Orwell Prize in 2013. Photograph: Bucy Neech.
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Louise Wener

Before embarking on a writing career, Louise Wener was the lead singer in Britpop band Sleeper. When they split in 1998, Louise bought a typewriter. She has since published five novels, including Goodnight Steve McQueen and Worldwide Adventures in Love. Her memoir, Just for One Day recounts her awkward 1980s childhood and subsequent rise to fame.

Erin Kelly

Erin is the author of four acclaimed psychological thrillers, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind and The Poison Tree (which was turned into a primetime ITV drama in 2013), all published by Hodder & Stoughton. She also wrote the official novel of the hit TV series Broadchurch, published by Little, Brown. Photograph: Domenico Pugliese.
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Lisa O’Donnell

Lisa O'Donnell is the author of the Commonwealth Book Prize-winning novel The Death of Bees, published by Windmill. Her second novel, Closed Doors is published by William Heinemann. Lisa won the Orange Screenwriting Prize for her screenplay The Wedding Gift and was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters’ Award. She is currently working on her third novel.

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson has written 14 books for children and young adults, including  Sawbones, which won the Young Quills Prize for best Historical Fiction in the 12+ category and was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal in 2015. Catherine also writes for film, television and radio. In 2005, she co-wrote the highly acclaimed feature film Bullet BoyThe Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, came out in summer 2015, and her latest book Blade and Bone came out in October 2016.
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Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte has written four novels: Love in Idleness, Daughters of Jerusalem, When We Were Bad, and Almost English, all published by Picador. She has 20 years' experience as a fiction editor and publisher, and is a Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, on the Creative Writing MA course. Her first work of non-fiction, Rhapsody in Green, is to be published by Kyle Books in September.

Simon Wroe

Simon Wroe's first novel Chop Chop was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize and the winner of a Betty Trask Award. His second novel, Here Comes Trouble, will be published in April 2017. He writes books and arts reviews for The Economist and features for The Guardian.
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Our other tutors

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman has been involved in the world of children’’s books for over 30 years. He has written more than 200 books for children of all ages and his work has been translated into 25 languages. Tony has been a reviewer for the national press, appeared on TV and radio to talk about children’’s books, and been a judge and chair of judges for several literary awards. He is also very active in writers’’ organisations –– he was chair of the Children’’s Writers and Illustrators Group at The Society of Authors and was vice-chair of the board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), he sits on the board of The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), and has taught creative writing at Roehampton University. Tony likes working with writers. He has edited novels and a number of poetry and short story collections and published early work by many of today’’s best writers for children and young adults –– he was the first to publish Siobhan Dowd, and sent her on to his agent!

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Suzannah Dunn

Suzannah Dunn wrote six critically acclaimed contemporary novels and a short story collection before her first historical novel, The Queen of Subtleties, was published in 2004. It has been followed by five more Tudor novels, the latest of which, Lady of Misrule, was published in May 2015 by Little, Brown. She has sold over a quarter of a million copies of her historical novels in the UK alone. Suzannah was picked alongside Robert Harris, Edward St Aubyn and Helen Simpson, in response to Granta’s first ‘Best Under 40’ list in 1993.

Suzannah was Director of the MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University for six years and has taught many courses for the Arvon Foundation. She is a popular speaker at literary festivals and events including the Bristol Festival of Ideas and has given talks at several beautiful Tudor National Trust buildings including Newark Park in Gloucestershire and Ightham Mote in Kent.

Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She graduated from the UEA Creative Writing Course and lived in Scotland for many years, though she is now based in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Her first novel Eve Green won the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and the Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2005. Her second novel, Oystercatchers (Fourth Estate 2007) was published to great critical acclaim. She has also written a YA novel, A Little in Love (Chicken House, 2014)Her latest book, Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew, will be published by Virago in 2016.

Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner writes two successful series of crime novels. The Evan Delaney series features a vulnerable but tough legal journalist. The first novel in the series, China Lake, won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. The Jo Beckett novels feature a San Francisco forensic psychiatrist. The first book in that series, The Dirty Secrets Club, was chosen as one of Amazon’’s Top Ten Thrillers of the Year. The Nightmare Thief, which features both Jo Beckett and Evan Delaney, won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. Meg’’s writing has been applauded by Stephen King, Jeffery Deaver and Tess Gerritsen.

Born in Oklahoma and brought up in Santa Barbara, Meg previously practised law in Los Angeles. She used TV quiz shows to pay off her student loans and was a three-time Jeopardy champion. She taught for several years in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. She lives with her family near London.

MJ Hyland

MJ Hyland

MJ Hyland is the author of three multi-award-winning novels: How the Light Gets In (2004), Carry Me Down (2006) and This is How (2009). Carry Me Down (2006) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won both the Hawthornden Prize and the Encore Prize. She has twice been longlisted for The Orange Prize (2004 and 2009), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2004 and 2007) and This is How was also longlisted for the Dublin International IMPAC prize (2009). MJ Hyland is a lecturer in Creative Writing in The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she runs fiction workshops, alongside Martin Amis, Colm Tóibín and Jeanette Winterson. She has twice been shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize (2011 and 2012). She also publishes in the Guardian ‘How to Write’ series, has written non-fiction for the Financial Times, the LRB, Granta and elsewhere, and is the co-founder of The Hyland & Byrne Editing Firm.

Liz Jensen

Liz Jensen

Liz Jensen’s critically acclaimed work spans black comedy, science fiction, satire, domestic drama, historical fantasy, horror and psychological suspense. Her eight novels have been been developed for film and TV, adapted for radio, selected for Channel 4’s TV Book Club and translated into more than 20 languages. The Uninvited, her latest, was published in 2012. Three of her novels have been nominated for the Orange Prize and in 1998 she was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. She has taught creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and as Writer in Residence at Kingston University.  She is a member of the Royal Society for Literature. An adaptation of her novel The Ninth Life of Louis Drax is soon to be released as a film.

Tobias Jones

Tobias Jones

Tobias Jones has written three works of non-fiction and four crime novels for Faber. He’s been a columnist for the Observer and, in Italy, for Internazionale, and has written and presented various documentaries for both British and Italian TV and radio. Tobias has been shortlisted for various literary prizes. He’s the founder of a woodland community in Somerset for people in a period of crisis in their lives. The weird and wonderful experience of managing a community is the subject of his latest work of non-fiction, A Place of Refuge (Quercus, 2015).

Jeremy Page

Jeremy Page

Jeremy Page is the author of three novels: Salt was shortlisted for the Jelf First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. His second novel, The Wake, was published by Penguin in 2009, and The Collector of Lost Things in 2013 (Little, Brown). He is also a scriptwriter, with a film made for Channel 4’s upcoming talent scheme, SCAPEGOAT, a feature adaptation of his first novel funded by the UK Film Council, and has developed and written an original series, Dark River, for Working Title TV.

He grew up in North Norfolk and has also worked as an editor for FilmFour and the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and three children, and teaches at The London Film School.

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Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy, winner of the Book of the Year Prize. His subsequent novels —One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell and My Favourite Wife— were all bestsellers. In 2010 Tony published Men from the Boys – the third part to the trilogy that began with Man and Boy.  More recently published are another bestseller, The Murder Bag, and, in 2015, The Slaughter Man.

Tony Parsons’ working life began in a Gordon’s Gin Distillery. Unfortunately for Tony he developed an acute allergy to the spirit. From these dark days his first novel, The Kids, was born and so began a literary and television career that thankfully did not affect his health!

He began as a writer with the New Musical Express in 1976 where he stayed for the next three years covering music such as The Clash, Blondie and The Sex Pistols. He went on to write for the Daily Mirror for many years, having been poached from the Daily Telegraph when Piers Morgan took over as editor. These days he write a column for the Sun on Sunday.

Peter Salmon

Peter Salmon

Peter Salmon is an Australian writer living in the UK. His first novel, The Coffee Story (Sceptre, 2011), was a New Statesman Book of the Year. He has written frequently for Australian TV and radio, and for broadsheets including The Guardian and the Sydney Review of Books. The Blue News, his satirical column about books and publishing, was subsequently collected and published by Melbourne University Press as Uncorrected Proof (2005). He has received awards from the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Victoria, Australia, and has taught creative writing at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Liverpool John Moore’s University.

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Matt Thorne

Matt Thorne is the author of six novels, including Eight Minutes Idle, which won an Encore Award and was made into a film, and Cherry, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His writing has been published all over the world and described as ‘glorious to read’ by The Daily Telegraph and ‘amusing, poignant, frequently sexy and remarkably sussed’ by The Observer, among many other glowing reviews. He has also written three children’s novels and a critical study of the pop star Prince, published by Faber. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University.

Stephanie Thwaites

Stephanie Thwaites

Stephanie is the Children’’s and YA agent at Curtis Brown where she has worked for 12 years. She works closely with her authors, often providing detailed feedback on their manuscripts, sometimes over several drafts, before submitting their work to publishers. She believes one of the most thrilling parts of working as an agent is discovering talent and nurturing new writers. She also enjoys talking to her more established authors about their work and figuring out solutions to sticky situations both within and outside of the story! She regularly speaks to writing groups and creative-writing courses about agenting and children’’s publishing, and she chairs the Children’’s Agents Group.

Visiting Speakers

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy's second novel Girl with a Pearl Earring was an international bestseller and won the Barnes & Noble Discover award. It was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and a West End stage production. She is the author of seven novels. Her subsequent novels have all met with critical acclaim and commercial success, her latest, The Last Runaway was published by Harper Collins in 2013.

Jonny Geller

Jonny is joint CEO of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the books division. He works with a fantastic range of writers spanning from authors of first-class literary fiction to bestselling thriller writers, from ground-breaking journalists to public figures and business people, from comedians and actors to the very best writers in the field of women's commercial fiction.

Clare Conville

Listed by The Observer as one of the top 50 players in the world of books’, Clare previously worked as an editor at Random House, before co-founding our sister agency Conville & Walsh in 2000. She specialises in literary and commercial fiction, general non-fiction, and children'’s writers. Between them, Clare’'s clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize.

Nathan Filer

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2014 for his debut novel The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer is a writer and mental-health nurse. He has worked as a researcher in the academic unit of psychiatry at the University of Bristol and on in-patient psychiatric wards, and lives in Bristol with his wife and their two children.
Nathan Filer, winner of the Costa Book of the Year award
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William Boyd

William Boyd was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice (Diploma of French Studies), Glasgow (M.A.Hons in English and Philosophy) and Jesus College, Oxford. His novels and short stories have been translated into more than 30 languages and have garnered many awards, including the Whitbread, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Jean Monnet and the Costa Novel of the Year. He was awarded the CBE in 2005.

Emma Healey

Author Emma Healey grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding. She completed the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011, and the bestselling Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel. It won the 2014 Costa First Novel Award and was longlisted for the 2015 Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction.
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David Mitchell

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of Slade House, The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir, The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Our other visiting speakers

Jeffrey Archer author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages of his 17 novels, seven collections of short stories, three plays, four children’s books, three volumes of prison diaries and a Gospel. He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons, 19 in the House of Lords and two in Her Majesty’s prisons. In 1980 Jeffrey Archer’s novel Kane and Abel was an international No 1 bestseller – 32 years later his 2012 novel, The Sins of the Father, was another No 1 and remained in the top 10 bestseller chart for 12 weeks. Jeffrey is an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year, and has raised more than 10 million pounds in the last 10 years for good causes. He has been married to Dr Mary Archer, Chairman of Cambridge Universities Hospital Trust (Addenbrooke’s) for 49 years, and they have two sons.

Susan Armstrong agent

Susan Armstrong

Susan joined our sister agency Conville & Walsh in 2005 after working at Macmillan. As an agent, she is particularly interested in debut literary fiction, accessible fantasy and science fiction, and high-quality commercial memoirs of unusual experiences or unique childhoods. She enjoy novels that blend genres, are unusual in setting or circumstance and that have unexpected twists.
‘’Being an agent allows me to do what I love best: discovering new and original voices, and helping debut writers launch their careers,’’ she says. ‘’What I look for in the writers I represent is strong prose, great storytelling, vivid characters and a true originality of vision. Ultimately a cracking story is what I want to read and I’’m particularly keen to hear from Australian, British and Irish writers.’’

Jake Arnott Author
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Jake Arnott

Jake is the author of six highly acclaimed novels. The Long Firm was the bestselling debut novel of 1999, and was followed by He Kills Coppers, Truecrime, Johnny Come Home, The Devil’’s Paintbrush and, in 2013, The House of Rumour. In 2006, The Long Firm was made into a four-part, BAFTA-nominated series for BBC 2 starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Strong. In 2008, He Kills Coppers was made into a three-part series for ITV1, starring Rafe Spall and Kelly Reilly. Jake has previously taught creative-writing courses for the Arvon Foundation.

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Emma Beswetherick

Emma Beswetherick is editorial director for Piatkus fiction. Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister (Little Brown, 2010), is one of her discoveries.

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Francis Bickmore

Francis Bickmore is publishing director at Canongate Books. He joined the independent, Edinburgh-based publisher in 2000 and has worked with authors including Carol Birch, Nick Cave, Matt Haig, James Meek, Yann Martel and David Byrne.

Malorie Blackman author
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Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman is the current Children’s Laureate. Her first book, Not So Stupid, was a collection of horror and science fiction stories for young adults, published in November 1990. Since then she has written more than fifty children’s books, including novels and short story collections, and also television scripts and a stage play. Blackman’s television scripts include episodes of the long-running children’s drama Byker Grove, as well as television adaptations of her novels Whizziwig and Pig-Heart Boy. Her books have been translated into over fifteen languages including Spanish, Welsh, German, Japanese, Chinese and French.
Blackman’s award-winning Noughts & Crosses series, exploring love, racism and violence, is set in a fictional dystopia.

Among many other prizes and nominations, Blackman was awarded The Kitschies 2013 Black Tentacle for ‘outstanding achievement in encouraging and elevating the conversation around genre literature’.

Felicity Blunt Agent

Felicity Blunt

Felicity trained as a barrister, but her literary interests lead her to a career away from the law. She interned at both the Wylie Agency and Curtis Brown before officially joining Curtis Brown in 2005. She worked with Camilla Hornby and Elizabeth Sheinkman before building her own list working alongside Vivienne Schuster.

Felicity’s literary tastes cover historical, commercial women’s thrillers and crime fiction – her authors include Booker longlisted Tom Rob Smith, Rosamund Lupton, Gabrielle Donnelly, Jessica Cornwell and the estate of Daphne du Maurier – and non-fiction, in particular cookery authors Anna Jones, Mark Sargeant and Tessa Kiros. Felicity is on the board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Harriet Bourton Publisher
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Harriet Bourton

Harriet Bourton is the Publisher of Orion Fiction, a commercial list that is home to international bestselling brands Ian Rankin, Erica James, Michael Connelly, Linwood Barclay and Cathy Kelly. She joined Orion in August 2016 and previously worked at Transworld where she looked after their women’s fiction list, including bestsellers such as Jilly Cooper, Sophie Kinsella and Danielle Steel, and before that worked at Hodder & Stoughton and Headline.

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Venetia Butterfield

Venetia is Publishing Director at Viking Penguin, and has been in the post for 10 years. Formerly she founded the Harper Perennial list at HarperCollins and has a marketing background. Her authors include Curtis Brown clients Elif Shafak and Emma Healey.

Tammy Cohen Author
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Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote as Tamar Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. A late starter to fiction, she has now written several novels – The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas,  First One Missing – all published by Doubleday/Black Swan. Her seventh novel, When She Was Bad, was published in April 2016. She is a Writer in Residence at Kingston University and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children. Tammy also writes historical fiction under the name Rachel Rhys.
Sheila Crowley agent
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Sheila Crowley

Sheila is a native of Dublin who started her publishing career at Poolbeg Press, before moving to London in 1991, working at a number of leading publishers, including HarperCollins and Hodder before joining Curtis Brown.

During the 90s and early 2000s she held a number of high-profile sales and marketing positions, and worked closely with many authors and agents. This inspired her to change to ‘the other side’ and in 2003 she became a literary agent.

Sheila is very proud to represent a wide range of authors and specialises in women’’s commercial fiction, crime and thrillers, memoir, business, sport and MBS.


Anna Davis Author and Agent
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Anna Davis

Anna is the Founder and Director of Curtis Brown Creative. She is the author of five novels, published around the world in 20 languages: The DinnerMeltingCheetThe Shoe Queen and most recently The Jewel Box. A former Guardian columnist, Anna has been the recipient of the Arts Council of England’s Clarissa Luard Award (2001) and an h.Club 100 award – presented to the most influential, innovative and interesting people in the creative and media industries. Anna has worked for Curtis Brown for more than a decade as a book agent and has served on the management committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents.  Previously she was a lecturer on Manchester University’s MA in Novel-Writing, and has also led many other writing workshops for organizations that include the Cheltenham Literary Festival and Ty Newydd.

Glen Duncan author

Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan was born in Bolton in 1965 and studied philosophy and literature at Lancaster University. His first novel, Hope, was published in 1997, and has been followed by 10 further novels: Love Remains; I, Lucifer (shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize); Weathercock; Death of an Ordinary Man; The Bloodstone Papers; and A Day and A Night and A Day. The Last Werewolf was published in 2011 and is the first in a trilogy, which includes Talulla Rising and By Blood We Live.

Suzannah Dunn Author
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Suzannah Dunn

Suzannah Dunn wrote six critically acclaimed contemporary novels and a short story collection before her first historical novel, The Queen of Subtleties, was published in 2004. It has been followed by five more Tudor novels, the latest of which, Lady of Misrule, was published in May 2015 by Little, Brown. She has sold over a quarter of a million copies of her historical novels in the UK alone. Suzannah was picked alongside Robert Harris, Edward St Aubyn and Helen Simpson, in response to Granta’s first ‘Best Under 40’ list in 1993.

Suzannah was Director of the MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University for six years and has taught many courses for the Arvon Foundation. She is a popular speaker at literary festivals and events including the Bristol Festival of Ideas and has given talks at several beautiful Tudor National Trust buildings including Newark Park in Gloucestershire and Ightham Mote in Kent.

Sam Eades Publisher

Sam Eades

Sam Eades joined Orion in 2015 as a senior commissioning editor and associate publicist, working in the Orion Fiction team. She moved to Trapeze  (a new standalone commercial fiction and non-fiction imprint) in January 2016.

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Katie Espiner

Katie Espiner studied English Literature and Language at Manchester University before going to  work as an Editor at HarperCollins. She became a publisher there before moving to become an MD of the Orion Publishing Group. She has worked in publishing for 15 years and particularly enjoys the hands-on editing side of her work. Authors at Orion include Anthony Horowitz, Kate Mosse and Ian Rankin.

Harriet Evans author and publisher

Harriet Evans

Harriet Evans is the author of nine novels, including her latest bestseller, A Place For Us.

Born and raised in Chiswick, Harriet Evans loved drama and reading from an early age. Her passions led her to Bristol University, where she read Classical Studies before returning to London to begin her professional career.

Harriet’s first job was at Lady magazine, where she learned all about office politics, as well as how to polish chandeliers! She later made her way into the publishing industry, progressing from secretary to editorial director for women’s fiction at Penguin, working with authors such as Penny Vincenzi, Emily Barr and Louise Bagshawe, before moving to Headline where she worked from 2003 to 2009.

Harriet’s passion for writing won over her publishing career in the end, and in 2008 she left her job to write full-time. Harriet is passionate about women’s commercial fiction and is dedicated to promoting its reputation.

Jonathan Freedland author
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Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster.  He is also Sam Bourne, the author of internationally bestselling thrillers.

The Righteous Men, Sam Bourne’s first novel, was selected as one of Richard and Judy’s Summer Reads. His latest, Pantheon, was published in 2012 by HarperCollins. Sales of the thrillers have been over a million copies in the UK alone. Under his own name, he has written two works of non-fiction, Jacob’s Gift (Hamish Hamilton) and Bring Home the Revolution (4th Estate).

Jonathan Freedland writes for the Guardian, the New York Times and New York Review of Books and has a monthly column in the Jewish Chronicle. He also presents BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series, The Long View.

Jonathan was named Columnist of the Year in the annual What the Papers Say Awards of 2002. In 2008 he was awarded the David Watt prize for journalism, and in 2014 he was awarded a special Orwell Prize for journalism.

Helen Garnons-Williams publisher
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Helen Garnons-Williams

Helen is publishing director at 4th Estate. She previously held the same post at Bloomsbury UK.

Matt Greene author
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Matt Greene

Matt was born in Watford in 1985 and studied English Language at the University of Sussex, where he edited The Badger newspaper. He is the co-author of four plays, including the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out farce The Straight Man, and his debut novel, Ostrich, was published last year.

He lives in London.

James Gurbutt author and publisher

James Gurbutt

James Gurbutt was born in Essex in 1968. He qualified as an accountant whilst working at Random House, but later moved into editorial. As Associate Publisher at Harvill Press, he worked with authors such as Nicholas Shakespeare, Gene Kerrigan, Henning Mankell and James Scudamore. In 2009, he set up Corsair – a literary imprint at Little, Brown publisher. In 2014 he was also made publisher of Atom, another Little, Brown imprint. He has also written several crime novels under the pen name James Henry.

Kate Hamer author

Kate Hamer

Kate Hamer grew up in Pembrokeshire. She did a Creative Writing MA at Aberystwyth University before joining the Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course in 2011. She won the Rhys Davies short story award in 2011 and her winning story was read out on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Cardiff with her husband. The Girl in the Red Coat (Faber & Faber 2015) is her much-praised first novel. Kate was listed as one of The Observer’s ‘New faces of fiction 2015’.  Her second novel The Doll Funeral will be published in February 2017.

‘Kate Hamer conjures mystery with such grace, cool beauty and urgent suspense… brilliant.’
– Matt Haig, author of The Humans

James Hannah author

James Hannah

James Hannah is a former Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing student and the author of The A-Z of You And Me, out now and published as a lead title by Doubleday. It was longlisted for the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize. James has been selected as one of the Observer’s New Faces of Fiction for 2015 and as a 2015 Amazon Rising Star. He has a Master’s degree in Beckett Studies from the Beckett International Foundation at Reading University, and has had short stories published in Panurge New Writing, Stand magazine, and Roads Ahead, a collection edited by Catherine O’Flynn and published by Tindal Street Press. He divides his time between London and Shropshire.

Mary-Anne Harrington publisher

Mary-Anne Harrington

Mary-Anne Harrington is a publisher at Headline and, in 2013, launched Tinder Press – the company’s literary-fiction imprint. This was conceived as a focused but diverse list of books with one crucial quality in common: the ability to inspire a passionate response in readers. It has so far published novels by Andrea Levy, Maggie O’Farrell and Sue Monk Kidd.

Jane Harris author
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Jane Harris

Jane’s short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines and she has also written several short films, two of which, Bait (1999) and Going Down (2000), were nominated for Bafta awards. She has twice shortlisted for the BBC’s Dennis Potter screenwriting award and in 2000 she received a Writer’s Award from the Arts Council of England.

Jane’s first novel, The Observations, was published by Faber & Faber in 2006 to critical acclaim. In 2007 The Observations was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and features in Richard and Judy’s Top 100 Books of the Decade.

Harris’s second novel, Gillespie and I, was published in the UK in May 2011 and was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards in the Popular Fiction Book of the Year category. A 10-part dramatisation of the book was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.

Clare Hey

Clare Hey

Clare is Simon & Schuster’s senior commissioning editor for fiction, having previously worked as an editor at HarperCollins where she worked with authors including Lionel Shriver and Tracy Chevalier. She also founded her own digital publishing house, Shortfire Press, which specialises in short stories. She is creative and innovative with a keen eye for great books along with a good understanding of the market and what readers want.

Lisa Highton publisher

Lisa Highton

Lisa Highton is the Publisher of Two Roads Books, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton. She was born in London but lived in Australia for many years. During her time there she worked in book publicity, children’s publishing, and was even an author herself. She worked with Macmillan, Doubleday and HarperCollins. She joined Hodder & Stoughton in 1993.

Alexa von Hirschberg publisher

Alexa von Hirschberg

Born in South Africa but brought up in Yorkshire, Alexa von Hirschberg was recently promoted to senior fiction editor from commissioning editor at Bloomsbury. She was described by Alexandra Pringle as ‘One of the most talented young editors I have worked with.’ Alexa is a former jazz promoter and once modelled the ‘Aggy’ peroxide crop for Mahogany Hair Salon.

Her list of authors already includes talented writers such as Kate Tempest, PJ Harvey, Samantha Shannon, Katharine Norbury and Melissa Harrison.

Maxine Hitchcock publisher
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Maxine Hitchcock

Maxine Hitchcock, Publishing Director at Penguin Random House imprint Michael Joseph, is responsible for developing the division’s enviable fiction list. She previously worked at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, where she was Head of Fiction for four years.

Antonia Honeywell author

Antonia Honeywell

Author Antonia Honeywell studied English at Manchester University, before going to work in the Natural History Museum  in the Education Department. She went on to teach for ten years and was Head of English, Music and Drama at Watford Grammar School for Girls, and later at North Westminster Community School. Antonia wrote her first novel, The Ship, on the very first Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course in Spring 2011.

Howard Jacobson author
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Howard Jacobson

Born in Manchester, Howard Jacobson taught at the University of Sydney, Selwyn College, Cambridge, and – in the 1970s – Wolverhampton Polytechnic. His time in the Midlands was to form the basis of his first novel, Coming from Behind. The Mighty Walzer was the first of three of his novels to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, along with Who’s Sorry Now? and Kalooki Nights. He was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question in 2010. His latest novel, J, was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

Sarah Jasmon author
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Sarah Jasmon

Sarah Jasmon lives on a boat on the Leeds to Liverpool canal. After graduating with an MA in Creative Writing, she has published short stories and articles in journals and magazines, and she also runs interviews with other writers from the North West on her website sarahjasmon.com. Her debut novel, The Summer of Secrets, is a beautiful, suspenseful tale that has already been compared to the work of Louise Doughty. It was published by Transworld in 2015.

Sophie Jonathan Publisher

Sophie Jonathan

Sophie Jonathan is a Senior Editor at Picador, where she acquires and edits literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. She also published the Picador Classic list. The authors she works with include Emily St. John Mandel, Jim Crace, Tim Winton and Hannah Kent.


Louisa Joyner publisher

Louisa Joyner

Having previously spent six years at Atlantic Books, three years as Editorial Director at Virgin Books and a spell as Acting Publishing Director at HarperCollins, Louisa Joyner joined Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate as Editorial Director (Fiction) in 2013. She works with authors as diverse as Miranda July, Margaret Drabble and former Curtis Brown Creative student Catherine Chanter, whose debut novel The Well was published in 2015.

Carrie Kania agent

Carrie Kania

Before arriving at our sister agency Conville & Walsh, Carrie Kania worked in US publishing for 15 years at Random House and HarperCollins. She was the SVP Publisher of Harper Perennial where she looked after countless classics, including titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Bell Jar and Brave New World; new writers such as Simon Van Booy, Sarah Hall and Tony O’Neill; and notable authors such as Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver and Mary Karr.
Carrie co-founded It Books, an imprint dedicated to pop culture, fashion, film, music and celebrity. In the imprint’s first 18 months, it boasted 13 New York Times bestsellers, including two number-one titles: Shit My Dad Says and Red by Sammy Hagar, the former lead singer of Van Halen. She has taught at NYU.

She co-runs the independent bookstore/café The Society Club in Soho, London. You can read about her in the New York Times, Observer and Variety.

Anna Kelly publisher
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Anna Kelly

Anna Kelly is Commissioning Editor at 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins. 4th Estate publishes prize-winning literary fiction and cutting-edge non-fiction and is home to authors including Hilary Mantel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugenides and Lena Dunham. Before starting at 4th Estate in March 2015, Anna was Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, where she worked with Ali Smith, Paul Murray, Mohsin Hamid, Alain de Botton, Robert Macfarlane and Bernardine Evaristo, among others, and commissioned novels by Éric Reinhardt, Eliza Granville and Aislinn Hunter.

Erin Kelly Author
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Erin Kelly

Erin is the author of four acclaimed psychological thrillers, The Sick RoseThe Burning AirThe Ties That Bind and The Poison Tree (turned into a primetime ITV drama in 2013), all published by Hodder & Stoughton. She also wrote the official novel and short story series of the hit TV series Broadchurch published by Little, Brown.

Erin studied English at Warwick University and has worked as a journalist since 1998 for newspapers including The Sunday TimesThe Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and The Mirror, and magazines including RedCosmopolitanPsychologiesMarie Claire and Elle. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

Marian Keyes author

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Born in Limerick in 1963, she was brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin, and spent her twenties in London. She studied law and accountancy and finally started writing short stories in 1993. Though she’d no intention of writing a full-length book (‘It would take too long’) she sent her short stories to a publisher with a letter saying she’d started work on a novel. The publisher replied, asking to see the novel and, once her panic had subsided, she began to write her first book, Watermelon. She has gone on to write 14 novels, two collections of journalism and short stories, and a baking memoir – all of which have been bestsellers. Marian was recently a judge for the Be A Best Seller novel-writing competition run by Curtis Brown Creative and ITV This Morning. Her latest novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life, was published by Penguin in November 2014. She appears on TV programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two, The Great British Bake Off Extra Slice and the Apprentice – You’ve Been Fired.

Renee Knight

Renee Knight

Renée worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before beginning her writing career. She has written television and film scripts for the BBC, Channel Four and Capital Films. Her first screenplay, Mother’s Day, made it onto the 2010 Brit List of best unproduced scripts of that year. Her first novel, Disclaimer, will be published by Transworld in 2015. Renée lives in London with her husband and two children.

Nikita Lalwani Author

Nikita Lalwani

Nikita Lalwani’s first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. It has translated into 16 languages. In 2008, Nikita won the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction and donated it to human rights organisation Liberty. Her second novel The Village was published by Viking UK in June 2012 and was awarded the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Nikita was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. She was a judge for the book section of the Orwell Prize in 2013.

Nikita is a lecturer on the MA and BA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. She has Also taught at Goldsmiths University, Oxford University and the Arvon Foundation. She was writer-in-residence at University College London from 2007-2008.

Sophie Lambert agent

Sophie Lambert

Sophie Lambert grew up in London and studied English and German at King’s College, University of London and Aachen, Germany. She spent several years as a bookseller and buyer for Blackwells before moving to New York for three years and working for Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Sophie returned to London and freelanced before becoming the Foyles buyer for Selfridges.

In 2009 she joined Tibor Jones as an Associate Agent and in 2011 was named a director of the company. She is now building an exciting list at our sister agency Conville & Walsh, which ranges from literary and commercial fiction to thought-provoking non-fiction. Sophie is looking for authors whose writing stands out in new and different ways. She was listed as a 2014 Rising Star by The Bookseller.

Jonathan Lloyd agent

Jonathan Lloyd

Jonathan is the Chairman of Curtis Brown. He joined the agency in 1994 from HarperCollins where he was Managing Director of Adult Trade Publishing.

He represents a number of bestselling fiction authors who regularly feature in the Guardian Top 100 annual list and also has a wide range of non-fiction clients and well-known autobiographers, from politicians to celebrities. His clients include Jeffrey Archer, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Freya North and Tom Bower.

He was President of AAA (Association of Authors’ Agents) from 1999 to 2002 and was was voted Agent of the Year from a shortlist of six literary agents at the British Book Industry Awards in 2009.


Lucy Luck Agent
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Lucy Luck

Lucy Luck joined Conville & Walsh in 2016, having previously worked as an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White, Lucy Luck Associates and Aitken Alexander.

Lucy’s list focuses on quality literary fiction and non-fiction, and her authors have won or been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, the London Book Award and the Costa Book Awards First Novel Award, amongst others.

Rosamund Lupton author

Rosamund Lupton

Rosamund Lupton graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. After reviewing books for The Literary Review and being invited to join the Royal Court Theatre, she won a television play competition and subsequently worked as a full-time script writer for television and film.

Her first novel, Sister, was the fastest-selling title by a debut author in WH Smith’s history and was the winner of the Richard and Judy Best Debut Novel of 2011. It was also chosen for Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. Her second novel, Afterwards, was the second biggest-selling fiction title of 2011 as listed by The Sunday Times. Her latest book, The Quality of Silence was published July 2015 (Little, Brown)

Alice Lutyens Agent

Alice Lutyens

Alice Lutyens is the Audio Manager and a literary agent at Curtis Brown. She studied English at Edinburgh University, and has experience in every sector of literary agenting. Alice has grown the audio department from small beginnings into a flourishing, dynamic concern.

She also works with Studio 28, the new digital publishing wing of Curtis Brown. Alice represents her own list of authors, including the former Curtis Brown Creative student Kate Hamer, whose debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat, will be published by Faber in 2015 and fellow Curtis Brown Creative alumna Jane Harper, whose first novel The Dry will published in 2017.

Clare Mackintosh author

Clare Mackintosh

Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant, and now writes full time. Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times Bestseller and is the fastest selling title by a new crime writer this year. It has been selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’. Clare regularly teaches crime writing masterclasses and set up her own online book club.

Francesca Main Publisher

Francesca Main

Francesca Main is the Editorial Director at Picador. She graduated from Warwick University in 2002 before working at Penguin and Simon & Schuster. She joined Picador in 2011 and publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal – her authors include Lottie Moggach, Emma Chapman, Naomi Wood and Ellen Feldman.

Sarra Manning
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Sarra Manning

Her first adult novel, Unsticky, was published in 2009, followed by our others including the best-selling You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me and After The Last Dance published this year by Sphere.  Sarra has  also written over fifteen YA novels including Adorkable, Guitar Girl, Let’s Get Lost, the iconic Diary Of A Crush trilogy and London Belongs To Us, which was published by Hot Key this summer. She has also contributed to The Guardian, ELLE, Grazia, Stylist, Fabulous, Stella, You Magazine, and InStyle and is currently the Literary Editor of Red magazine.


Sarra lives in London with her beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Miss Betsy.

Bill Massey publisher

Bill Massey

Bill Massey, formerly a publisher at Headline, spent five years acquiring books for Bantam Dell, where his authors included Iris Johansen, Diana Gabaldon, Conn Iggulden, Linwood Barclay and Cody McFadyen. In 2006 Massey returned to the UK to take a new position as editorial director of Orion’’s trade division. He is currently Orion’’s Deputy Publishing Director.

Lisa Milton Publisher
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Lisa Milton

Lisa is Executive Publisher for the Harlequin Division. This includes the imprints Mira, Ink and Mills & Boon.

She joined HarperCollins in 2015 after a decade as Managing Director of Orion Publishing where she was responsible for Orion, Orion Children’s, Gollancz and Weidenfeld & Nicolson, which was awarded Imprint of the Year at the 2015 Bookseller Industry Awards. Whilst there she published major bestsellers and award winning authors including: Maeve Binchy, Ian Rankin, Gillian Flynn and Malala Yousafzai.

Previously Editorial Director at BCA, the UK’s biggest book club, and prior to this Lisa had a successful career in Waterstone’s, where one of her most notable achievements was opening the flagship store in Piccadilly and winning the Bookshop of the Year Industry Award in 2000.

Steve Mosby author
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Steve Mosby

Steve Mosby is the author of nine bestselling crime novels published by Orion: The Third Person, The Cutting Crew, The 50/50 Killer, Cry for Help, Still BleedingBlack Flowers (shortlisted for the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award), Dark Room and The Nightmare Place. He was awarded the CWA Dagger In The Library in 2012. His latest book, I Know Who Did It was published in 2015.

Jojo Moyes author
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Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is the bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Me Before You and The One Plus One. She has also written the script for a film version of Me Before You, the sequel to which was published September 2015 and is called After You

She studied at The Royal Holloway and Bedford New College and then won a bursary to attend the postgraduate City University journalism course. After a year working for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Jojo joined The Independent as a general news reporter and became Assistant News Editor in 1998, remaining on the news desk until January 2000, when she went back to writing as the Arts and Media Correspondent. She now writes full-time.

She lives near Saffron Walden with her journalist husband, Charles Arthur, and their three children.

David Nicholls author

David Nicholls

David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me, and I Saw You, as well as a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, both for BBC TV. He also scripted Far from the Madding Crowd  (2014).

His bestselling first novel, Starter for Ten, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004 and made into a film starring James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

His third novel, One Day, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in The Sunday Times top 10 bestseller list for 10 weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell more than two million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. The film adaptation, starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, was released in 2010.

His latest novel, Us, was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and he was named the 2014 National Book Award Author of the Year.

Freya North author
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Freya North

Freya North gave up a Ph.D. to write her first novel, Sally, in 1991. For four years she ignored parents and friends who pleaded with her to ‘get a proper job’. She went on the dole and did a succession of freelance and temping jobs to support her writing days.

In 1995, throwing caution to the wind, she sent three chapters and a page of completely fabricated reviews to Curtis Brown’s Jonathan Lloyd, and met with success: five publishers entered a bidding war for her book. In 1996, Sally was published to great acclaim and Freya was heralded as a fresh voice in fiction. Her following books have all been bestsellers. Her novel Pillow Talk won the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Freya’s most recent novel, The Turning Point, was published in 2015 by HarperCollins.

Freya set up and runs the Hertford Children’s Book Festival.

Lisa O’Donnell Author

Lisa O’Donnell

Having returned to her native Scotland after working as a screenwriter in LA, Lisa O’Donnell sat down to write her first novel The Death of Bees, which was published by Windmill in 2012. The book, a razor-sharp black comedy about family values that follows the orphaned children of two Glasgow drug addicts as they rebuild their lives with the help of a caring neighbour, won the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2013. Her second novel, Closed Doors, is another tale of lost innocence set during the 1980s on the author’s childhood home island of Rothesay.  She is currently working on her third novel.

Nicolás Obregón Author

Nicolás Obregón

Nicolás Obregón is both a Madrileño and a Londoner, having lived between the two cities and cultures from a young age. He works as a deputy editor for a publishing house in Central London and has recently completed his first novel, Blue Light Yokohama. Previously, he was a full-time travel writer for Which? Travelmagazine, where he had destination guides published on Helsinki, Venice, Limoges and Japan.

Adele Parks Author

Adele Parks

Adele Parks worked in advertising until she published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; it was the debut bestseller of that year and the Evening Standard named her one of the 20 faces to watch. She has gone on to publish 15 novels in the past 15 years, most of which have been top 10 bestsellers. Her latest novel, If You Go Away, was published in June 2015.

Since 2006 she has been an official spokeswoman for World Book Day and she’s also a trustee of Guildford Book Festival. Adele passionately believes that reading is a basic right, and she is an Ambassador for The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, a scheme that encourages emerging readers who are becoming passionate about books. In 2010 she was one of the judges for the Costa Book Awards

S J Parris author

S J Parris

S. J. Parris is the pseudonym of author and journalist Stephanie Merritt.

It was as a student at Cambridge researching a paper on the period that Stephanie first became fascinated by the rich history of Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Since then, her interest has grown and led her to create her series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno: Heresy, Prophecy, Treachery and Sacrilege. 

Stephanie’s first novel, Gaveston, won Betty Trask award. She has adapted her second, Real, as a screenplay for Gabriel Byrne’s production company. Her critically acclaimed memoir, The Devil Within, was shortlisted for the 2008 Mind Book Award.

Stephanie has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian. She has been a judge for the Costa Biography Award, the Orange New Writing Award and the Perrier Comedy Award.

Norah Perkins Agent

Norah Perkins

Norah is very proud to represent Curtis Brown’s historic clients, from modern classics to classic British crime, and from poetry and criticism to true-life adventure. She’s also building a list of living writers, and her taste spans international literary, historical and crime fiction, and non-fiction that has something smart and unusual to say about the world, particularly about food, landscapes and technology.

Richard Pike

Richard Pike

Richard joined Curtis Brown in 2012 to work with Gordon Wise in the books department. As well as supporting Gordon with his list of authors, he’s currently building a list of fiction and non-fiction projects that match his own interests. He runs the Curtis Brown Book Group, and is a regular speaker, including events at the London Book Fair, the University of Southampton, London Writer’s Club, Foyles, and the Bath Literature Festival.

Carrie Plitt agent
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Carrie Plitt

Carrie Plitt is a literary agent at Conville & Walsh, where she is building a list of both fiction and non-fiction with a focus on literary and upmarket commercial titles. Prior to joining C&W, she worked at Penguin Books. She is also the host of the NTS Radio show Literary Friction – which features author interviews, book recommendations and discussions.

Max Porter publisher
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Max Porter

Max Porter, Senior Editor at Granta Books, trained as an art historian. He previously managed an independent bookshop and won the Young Bookseller of the Year award. Max joined Granta  in 2012 as Commissioning Editor. His authors include Eleanor Catton, Norman Rush, Janet Malcolm, Rebecca Solnit, Sarah Moss, Colin McAdam and Masha Gessen. His first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers is published by Faber & Faber.

Mark Richards Publisher
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Mark Richards

Mark joined John Murray as Editorial Director from Fourth Estate in 2013, where he has acquired and edited some of the UK’s most highly acclaimed new writers, including successful literary debuts The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (shortlisted for both the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction), and The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.

Originally published at a small Yorkshire press that only printed 300 special edition copies, after Richards spotted the book’s potential and signed Hurley, it went on to win the Costa First Book Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year 2016. Mark was promoted to publisher in May 2016.

Rebecca Ritchie Agent

Rebecca Ritchie

Rebecca joined the Curtis Brown Books Department at the beginning of 2011, and currently works with Sheila Crowley. Rebecca is also busy building up her own list and represents authors in the commercial sphere. The main thing that all her favourite novels share is a compelling cast of characters who pull her in, with either protagonists that she can root for or an unreliable narrator who can lead her on an unexpected journey.

Julia Rochester Author
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Julia Rochester

Julia Rochester is the author of The House at the Edge of the World, published by Viking June 2015. Before she turned her hand to literary fiction, she wrote a work of investigative non-fiction, The Candelária Massacre, published by Vision/ Satin in March 2008. She has also written for Granta Online and Whole Story Audiobooks and appeared in a panel on plot with Cathy Rentzenbrink at Cheltenham Festival 2015 .

Julia grew up on the Exe Estuary in Devon. She studied in London, Berlin and Cambridge and has worked for the BBC Portuguese Service and for Amnesty International as Researcher on Brazil. Julia set up her own small publishing company, Corvo Books. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

Diana Athill praised her debut novel in the Guardian:It grips, and its strength lies in the understanding of human behaviour that underlies the unexpected twists and turns.”

Rafi Romaya Art director Canongate Books

Rafi Romaya

Rafaela Romaya is an award winning designer, starting her career over 15 years ago at Faber and Faber before joining Pan Macmillan as a Senior Designer and then becoming Creative Head at Simon and Schuster. She is now the Art Director for Canongate Books, and has worked with authors such as Margaret Drabble, Yann Martel, Ruth Ozeki and Karl Pilkington.

Sarah Savitt Publisher

Sarah Savitt

Sarah Savitt is currently Deputy Publisher at Virago and previously worked at Headline, Faber and David Godwin Associates. Authors she has published include ex-CBC student Kate Hamer, Louise Doughty, Sara Pascoe, Karen Rose, Adharanand Finn and Hanif Kureishi. She has taught on a variety of courses including Faber Academy, Arvon and Guardian Masterclasses.

Francesca Simon author

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in California, and attended both Yale and Oxford Universities, where she specialised in Medieval Studies. How this prepared her to write children’’s books she cannot imagine, but it did give her a thorough grounding in alliteration.

She then threw away a lucrative career as a medievalist and worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue (US). After her son Joshua was born in 1989, she started writing children’’s books full time. One of the UK’’s best-selling children’’s writers, Francesca has published over 50 books, including the immensely popular Horrid Henry series, which has now sold over sixteen milllion copies.

Francesca won the Children’’s Book of the Year in 2008 at the British Book Awards for Horrid Henry and The Abominable Snowman. Horrid Henry is published in 24 countries and is also an animated CITV series. She lives in London with her husband and son.

Tom Rob Smith author

Tom Rob Smith

Brought up in Norbury, South London, Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge in 2001; he then worked as a writer and a script editor on several long-running television shows before writing his debut novel, Child 44, a dynamic and exciting thriller set in 1950s Soviet Russia. The book was longlisted for the 2008 Booker Prize and won a Galaxy Book Award for Best Newcomer. The film adaptation, starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, is to be released later this year. Tom’s latest novel, The Farm (which was published in February 2014), is an addictive, Scandinavian-set psychological thriller that has already become a bestseller. BBC Films and Shine Pictures bought the film rights to the book.

Cathryn Summerhayes Agent
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Cathryn Summerhayes

Cathryn began her career as an intern at Curtis Brown before moving to WME to work with Caroline Michel, Eugenie Furniss and the US book dept. She quickly built a bestselling and award winning list of novelists, food writers and journalists including Ella Woodward, Russell Norman, Mark Hix, Naomi Wood, Petina Gappah, Lucy Foley, Kirsty Logan, Clare Wigfall, David Whitehouse and Toby Litt. She joined Curtis Brown in September 2016.

Cathryn also helps co-ordinate the Literary Tent at Camp Bestival and works on production at Port Eliot Literary Festival, as well as chairing events at The Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Karolina Sutton Agent

Karolina Sutton

Karolina represents a variety of authors, from award-winning debut novelists to internationally renowned writers of quality non-fiction and popular fiction bestsellers including Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Alan Furst, Naomi Klein, Siri Hustvedt and EL Doctorow. She was shortlisted for Agent of the Year 2014 at the Bookseller British Book Industry Awards.

Whether commercial or literary, Karolina like great and innovative storytelling, excellent prose and original ideas.


Arzu Tahsin publisher

Arzu Tahsin

Arzu is the Editorial Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, where she has published The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht, winner of the 2011 Orange Prize and the best-selling memoir, I Am Malala. At Bloomsbury in 2002 she acquired Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. She began her career at Virago Press.

D J Taylor author

D J Taylor

D.J. Taylor was born in 1960, went to Norwich School and St John’s College Oxford, and is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Thackery (1999), and Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. He has written eleven novels, the most recent being The Windsor Faction (2013), Derby Day (2011) longisted for the Man Booker Prize, At the Chime of a City Clock (2010), and Ask Alice (2009).

David is also well known as a critic and reviewer, and his other books include A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s (1989) and After the War: the Novel and England since 1945 (1983) and Wrote For Luck, a new collection of short stories published by Galley Beggar Press. His journalism appears in the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, The Tablet, the Spectator, the New Stateseman and, anonymously, in Private Eye. He is married to the novelist Rachel Hore. They have three sons and live in Norwich, UK.

Jeremy Trevathan publisher
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Jeremy Trevathan

Jeremy is publisher of adult books at Pan Macmillan. He was previously in charge of the company’s fiction output, responsible for the shape and profitability of the commercial fiction list, publishing such brand name authors as Wilbur Smith, Ken Follett, James Herbert, Jeffrey Archer, Peter James and David Baldacci.

Salley Vickers author
Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers is a novelist whose works include the international word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet’s Angel which became a favourite among book clubs and reading groups. Other works include Mr. Golightly’s Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet, a retelling of the Oedipus myth to Sigmund Freud in the last months of his life. Her books touch on philosophical themes of religion, art, creativity and death. She also writes poetry, and recently published a short story collection, Aphrodite’’s Hat. Her most recent novel The Cleaner of Chartres was published in 2012.

Salley was born in Liverpool in 1948. Her mother was a social worker and her father a trades union leader, both members of the British Communist Party until 1956 and then very committed socialists. She was brought up in Stoke-on-Trent and London, and read English Literature at Cambridge University. She has worked variously as a teacher of children with special needs, an English literature lecturer at Stanford, Oxford and the Open University, and as a psychoanalyst.

Christopher Wakling Author

Christopher Wakling

Christopher’’s six acclaimed novels include What I Did, The Devil’’s Mask, and On Cape Three Points. Born in 1970, he read English at Oxford, then worked as a farm hand, teacher and lawyer, before turning to writing full-time in 2001. As well as writing fiction, Christopher is a travel writer for The Independent. He is also the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Bristol University and has tutored numerous creative-writing courses for Curtis Brown Creative and The Arvon Foundation.

Patrick Walsh agent
Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Born and brought up in Venezuela, Patrick Walsh studied law at Cambridge University and entered publishing through a junior position at Watson Little. He then moved to the Christopher Little Agency and built up his own client list at the same time as that agency expanded exponentially with the JK Rowling phenomenon. In 2000, he then left to co-found our sister agency Conville & Walsh and quickly established a list of bestselling and award-winning authors.
His non-fiction list of clients includes scientists, historians, biographers and leading writers on an extensive range of subjects that reflects his diverse interests – from physics to fatherhood; clouds to computer hacking; Romans to the Renaissance – with authors ranging from scientists such as Professor Jim-al Khalili and Simon Singh to historians such as Helen Castor and Tom Holland, the Chairman of The Society of Authors and memoirs such as Benjamin Mee’’s We Bought a Zoo, which has been recently made into a film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. On the personal front, Walsh has a lifelong interest in conservation.

SJ Watson author

SJ Watson

SJ Watson is the author of two internationally bestselling novels, Before I Go to Sleep and Second Life. Before I Go To Sleep was winner of  The Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in 2014. SJ Watson was born in the Midlands and now lives in London.

Nigel Williams author

Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams was born in 1948. His first novel, My Life Closed Twice, was published in 1977 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. Since then his fiction includes the bestselling Wimbledon Trilogy – The Wimbledon Poisoner, They Came from SW19 and East of Wimbledon, and a volume of short stories, Scenes from a Poisoner’’s Life. He adapted The Wimbledon Poisoner into a successful television film.

He has also had a distinguished career as a playwright. His first play, Class Enemy, has been translated into more than thirty languages and is still being performed all over the world. More recently he adapted William Golding’s Lord of the Flies for the stage.

He has won many awards for his television and film screenwriting – including several Baftas, and both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for his Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren. In 2010 he was a judge for Le Prince Maurice Prize.

Julia Wisdom publisher

Julia Wisdom

Julia Wisdom is the Publisher of Crime and Thriller writing at HarperCollins. She has an exciting mixture of established and up-and-coming authors on her list such as Patricia Cornwell, Andrew Taylor and Jane Casey, whose Maeve Kerrigan series has already been a hit.

Gordon Wise agent

Gordon Wise

Gordon began working in the book industry in 1989 as a bookseller, and he has worked in both the agenting and publishing sides of the business. He joined Curtis Brown in 2005 from John Murray at Hodder Headline/Hachette, where he was Publishing Director. Before that he had been Publisher of the Pan Macmillan divisions Sidgwick & Jackson, Boxtree and Channel Four Books, where he was lucky enough to be responsible for a number of bestsellers over the course of a decade.

He works across a wide range of publishing, from commercial non-fiction to story-led literary fiction – from personality-led and personality-driven projects to history and lifestyle, as well as a select fiction list featuring intelligent writing with commercial genre awareness. He also works extensively with people in the public eye, people who are experienced storytellers in other media and on projects that cross over with other media.

Gordon is Vice President of the Association of Author’s Agents, and was named Agent of the Year at the Bookseller British Book Industry Awards 2015.

Naomi Wood Author
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Naomi Wood

Naomi Wood is the author of The Godless Boys (Picador, 2011) and the award-winning Mrs. Hemingway (Picador, 2014), which won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Award, and was a Richard and Judy bookclub choice. She grew up in York and Hong Kong, and studied at Cambridge and UEA for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She lives in London with her family, and is at work on her third novel set during the Bauhaus in 1920s Germany, while also developing her work in adaptations of books into film. Naomi has also taught creative writing at Goldsmiths University.