Sara Langham joined David Higham in January 2018, having previously worked at Gregory & Company. She has a Masters in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths College and a BA in Russian Language and Literature & English Literature from Leeds University.
In fiction, Sara is particularly interested in voice and language. She loves clear and precise prose and is interested in rhythm and cadence. Authors whose works she admires includes Eimear McBride (The Lesser Bohemians is a huge favourite), Sarah Moss, Zadie Smith, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Kushner, Jacqueline Woodson, Anne Enright, Helen Garner, Michael Ondaatje, Penelope Fitzgerald and Jenny Offill. Books she has completely fallen for recently include Writers and Lovers by Lily King, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Golden Child by Claire Adam and Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan.
Sara enjoys books that play with narrative form and structure such as Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson and All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld. She loves speculative fiction which remains close to our present such as Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind, The Heavens by Sandra Newman and Station Eleven/ The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. In historical fiction, she is drawn to novels which find new ways of telling old stories, recent examples have included Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, To Calais, in Ordinary Time by James Meek and The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey. She loves to discover new perspectives and ways of looking at the world in what she reads and is always delighted to discover a good story with beauty at its heart.
In non-fiction she is interested in books where the personal is at the centre of the piece, for example in the work of Deborah Levy and Kirsty Gunn’s My Katherine Mansfield Project. Recent favourites have included On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming and Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie. She’d love to find a book of autobiographical essays such as Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth or Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self.
Sara is accepting submissions via email.
Sara assists Veronique Baxter with her list.