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Sarah Manning

Literary Agent

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  • Contemporary commercial fiction
  • Accessible literary fiction
  • Crime/thriller/psychological suspense
  • Horror
  • Historical fiction
  • Speculative fiction
  • YA
  • Memoir
  • Pop culture
  • 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. I am on the hunt for adult contemporary fiction and in particular I love novels which make me think about society from a different angle or pose a moral question. One of my favourite novels is APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty and I always enjoy anything written by Liane Moriarty or Jodi Picoult. I’m also looking for a gorgeous love story and I don’t mind if this is high-concept and hugely commercial like THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary or if it’s more literary in the vein of  NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney.  I also represent a range of crime and thrillers 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,  MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite, THE CHALK MAN by CJ Tudor and DISCLAIMER by Rennee Knight. I’d also love to find an upmarket historical novel which places women at the forefront. I’m very open-minded when it comes to what fiction I’m looking for so as long as your novel makes me feel something and has a strong plot then I may well be the agent for you!

In terms of non-fiction, I’m  looking for memoir and narrative non-fiction with some social commentary. 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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