Sarah Hornsley (née Manning)

Sarah Manning

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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 moved into agenting; which turned out to be my dream job!

My taste is varied and I’m looking for commercial and accessible literary adult fiction, YA and nonfiction. I am really on the hunt for uplifting women’s fiction in the reading group space, such as Catherine Isaac’s YOU, ME, EVERYTHING or Gail Honeyman’s ELEANOR OLIPHANT. 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 FLAT SHARE, or something more in the vein of Julie Cohen’s TOGETHER. I 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 ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL. In terms of nonfiction, 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 and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING.

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