Jemima Forrester

Jemima joined David Higham in 2016 having previously been Senior Commissioning Editor at Orion Publishing Group. She is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction, including accessible literary fiction, crime and thrillers, historical, psychological suspense, women’s fiction and speculative/high-concept novels.

Jemima loves distinctive narrative voices, well-paced plots with a great hook, and complex female characters. Her favourite books of recent years include Queenie, Sorrow and Bliss, The Familiars and anything by Maggie O’Farrell, Margaret Atwood or Curtis Sittenfeld.

In non-fiction, she is looking for innovative lifestyle, cookery and popular-culture projects, unique personal stories and humour. Recent favourites include Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell and Help Me! by Marianne Power.

In both fiction and non-fiction, Jemima is actively seeking diverse voices and books with a strong feminist angle.

If you would like to submit your work to Jemima, please email You should include a covering letter, a synopsis and the first three chapters of your book. Please put your name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line of your email.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions she receives, Jemima isn’t able to respond to every one (though she does try!). If you haven’t heard back within 16 weeks please assume that you haven’t been successful this time.

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