I joined DHA in 2007, and am a director of the company and head of the Books department. Before becoming an agent I worked on the publishing side for fifteen years, in publicity at Hodder & Stoughton, and as a commissioning editor and publisher at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster.
My list is primarily non-fiction, and includes leading historians, journalists and commentators. I like books that say something new about the way the world works, and welcome approaches from experts in their field who want to communicate their ideas and knowledge to a wider audience.
I’m open to new projects in most genres, especially history (whether narrative, popular or serious); current affairs, politics and economics; biography and memoir; narrative and literary non-fiction including books that blur genre boundaries; sport; tales of adventure; popular culture, especially film and music; popular science and psychology; ‘smart thinking’ or ideas books; and business books with a strong narrative. I am a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cundill History Prize. I’m probably not the right agent if your project is likely to sit in the self-help or mind/body/spirit section of bookshops.
In fiction, I like novels that grab the attention, whether literary or commercial, and am particularly drawn to strong stories which are also evocative of a period or place – books like Trespasses by Louise Kennedy or My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent. I also have a soft spot for big, brassy ‘airport’ thrillers and high-concept crime.
Please note I do not represent YA authors, or science fiction/fantasy.