14 February 2019

Anna Davis, CBC managing director

Top tips for new writers on getting started

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Writing Tips

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Curtis Brown 120 is a celebration of the agency’s 120th birthday – and it’s also a celebration of beginnings and how Curtis Brown have been […]

14 February 2019

Valentines day books

Mad About the Book: Valentine’s Day book recommendations

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. For Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about the books we’re mad about #MadAbouttheBook. From Kate Atkinson and Nora Ephron to the Brontës, L.M. Montgomery and Philip […]

07 February 2019

Louise McCreesh, author

HW Fisher novel-writing scholar Louise McCreesh gets a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Louise McCreesh was awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship in 2016, giving her a fully-paid place on our 3-month novel-writing course in London. Her novel stood out to the CBC team for its unique narrative voice, which powerfully expressed the mental frailty and anxiety suffered by many of us – and which deployed that voice in […]

07 February 2019

Felicity Blunt

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Felicity Blunt

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

For the first #WriteCBC Twitter competition of 2019, we’re excited to welcome Curtis Brown literary agent Felicity Blunt. Felicity represents our very own former student, and now bestselling author, Laura Marshall – as well as Rosmund Lupton, Renee Knight, Tammy Cohen and the Estate of Daphne du Maurier – to name but a few. You […]

07 February 2019

Gytha Lodge, author

How to choose the right setting for your novel

by Gytha Lodge How To ..., Writing Tips

Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards. Gytha is represented by Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and her debut novel, She Lies in Wait will be published by Michael Joseph […]

06 February 2019

From left: Nancy Mitford, Daphne du Maurier and Kate O’BrienFrom left: Nancy Mitford, Daphne du Maurier and Kate O’Brien

From Nancy Mitford to Daphne du Maurier: Great Curtis Brown debut novels from 1930

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. For the Curtis Brown Heritage team, the agency’s 120th birthday is a perfect excuse to dip into over a century’s worth of records. This is […]

01 February 2019

Jonny Geller, Curtis Brown 120

Jonny Geller: ‘Belief in your right to be a writer and be read is paramount’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Today we are talking to Curtis Brown chairman and agent Jonny Geller. Jonny started out at Curtis Brown as an assistant before becoming an agent in 1995. Now […]

31 January 2019

Eleni Kyriacou and Cicely AspinallFrom left: Cicely Aspinall (editor at Hodder & Stoughton) and Eleni Kyriacou

Eleni Kyriacou: ‘If our lives aren’t reflected in culture, then we’re invisible’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews

Eleni Kyriacou is our fifty-fifth former student to get a commercial publishing deal. Eleni’s historical novel, Five Days in December, was acquired by Hachette following their first ever open submissions scheme: The Future Bookshelf. Eleni’s debut tells the story of Dina, a Greek Cypriot immigrant newly arrived in London in the 1950s, who is enticed into new dangers while trying to better […]

24 January 2019

Stella Gibbons, Author

Celebrating the works of Stella Gibbons

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120

As part of Curtis Brown’s 120th birthday celebrations, Norah Perkins, who heads up Curtis Brown Heritage and is a part of the Curtis Brown 120 team, reflects on the literary works of Curtis Brown heritage client Stella Gibbons.  Stella Dorothea Gibbons’s debut novel was a smash hit. Cold Comfort Farm, published in 1932, is one of the most […]

22 January 2019

Jonny Geller and Jane Fallon

Jonny Geller and Jane Fallon on the author-agent relationship

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Our London-based novel-writing courses all feature sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C&W come in as visiting speakers with their author-clients or leading publishers. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and pick up some insider knowledge on writing and pitching. There’s […]

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