Sarah 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

I grew up in Essex and read History at Durham University, graduating 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 I became assistant to prominent agent Juliet Mushens at the Agency Group, where I was then promoted to agent. I now live in London and am focusing on building the adult list at the Bent Agency in the UK.

My taste is varied and I’m looking for commercial and accessible literary adult fiction, YA and nonfiction. I am looking for uplifting women’s fiction in the reading group space as well as looking for love stories that also make me cry. I represent high-concept thrillers and crime books full of twists and turns with interesting settings and speculative fiction – but nothing that feels too unrecognisable from our own world. In terms of nonfiction, I’m looking for really strong concepts that can spark new trends, whether in popular science, cookery or lifestyle.

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