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  • Commercial fiction
  • Women’s fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Crime/thriller/mystery
  • Speculative fiction
  • YA
  • Memoir
  • Pop culture
  • Humour
  • Cookbooks
  • Middle-grade
  • Picture books
  • Poetry
  • Self-help
  • Reference
  • Short stories

About Sarah

Based in the UK, I read History at Durham University and graduated with a first class honours degree. I then began my publishing career at the Orion Publishing Group in London, where I worked in nonfiction and fiction before going on to gain experience in script development for TV and film. I decided that as much as I loved the creative involvement of script development, I wanted to work specifically with books and so moved into agenting in 2013. I am proud to have built a client list with a number of bestselling authors, prize-winners and Richard & Judy Book Club picks. In 2019 I was named a Bookseller Rising Star.

My taste is varied and I’m looking for commercial and accessible literary adult fiction, YA and non-fiction. In particular I am on the hunt for contemporary women’s fiction in the reading group space, such as Catherine Isaac’s YOU, ME, EVERYTHING and DEAR MRS BIRD by AJ Pearce. I’m also looking for a love story, whether that be something modern and high-concept like Zoe Folbigg’s THE NOTES and Beth O’Leary’s THE FLATSHARE, or something more in the vein of Julie Cohen’s TOGETHER. I also represent a range of thrillers and crime books full of twists and turns with interesting and vivid settings. Recently in this space I’ve loved THE RUMOUR by Lesley Kara, THE HUNTING PARTY by Lucy Foley and MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite. I’d also love to find an upmarket historical novel. In terms of non-fiction, I’m looking for memoir and narrative non-fiction as well as popular science and cookery. For YA, I’m particularly interested in contemporary stories in the vein of ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon.

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