Our writers mean business

About Us

The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency specialises in a broad range of commercial fiction. A market leader in adult fiction, our lists include thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical.


The Agency was founded in 1988 by Darley Anderson and has its head office in London, with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye. 

Our Authors

Many of the fiction writers, talent-spotted and represented by Darley Anderson himself, are amongst the highest-paid, bestselling authors in the world. Most notably Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly and Tana French.

Other top selling writers represented by Darley are Chris Carter, Margaret Dickinson, Annie Murray, Constance Briscoe, Clare Dowling, Tara Hyland, Lee Weeks, Adrian Plass and Jacqui Rose. 

Martina Cole is the highest-selling adult fiction hardback novelist in the UK. She has had 14 No.1 Sunday Times Bestsellers.

Not only is Lee Child a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, he is also the biggest selling Agency author in the U.S. Every Reacher novel goes to No.1 on both the New York Times hardcover and mass market paperback lists. Lee Child is now the most successful British Kindle book author worldwide and his books are translated into 45 languages and sold in 100 territories.

The oldest writer ever to be taken on at the Agency is Elizabeth Waite at the age of 70, who has now had 17 books published.

And the most prolific writers at the Agency: Saga writers Margaret Dickinson, Gloria Cook and bestselling religious writer Adrian Plass, who has been at the Agency since its inception.

Working with Darley Anderson to further build on the enormous success he has had with top selling crime and thriller writers is Camilla Wray.

Camilla achieved six-figure deals for début novelists A.J. Cross, Jason Dean and Helen Grant. Camilla also represents top 10 bestseller Tim Weaver as well as the talented newcomer B.A. Paris and established bestsellers James Carol and Rebecca Shaw.

Among the non-fiction writers handled by the Agency are: Constance Briscoe (author of the No.1 Bestseller Ugly and sequel Beyond Ugly); Alan and Barbara Pease’s Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps (with worldwide sales exceeding 10 million copies), Paul Hauck, Lucy Summers, Kimberly Willis and Fr Kenneth Leech.

Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency

The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency Ltd. was set up as a separate company with Camilla Wray and Clare Wallace responsible for developing the list. Darley Anderson represents bestselling children's author Cathy Cassidy and Clare Wallace represents a growing number of talented children's authors and illustrators including multi-award winning authors Kim Slater and Polly Ho-Yen, Wattpad sensation Beth Reekles and Irish bestseller Dave Rudden. The growing list of illustrators includes Lorna Scobie, winner of the Digital Award in the Macmillan Children’s Book Prize, and Claire Powell, winner of the Best Short Film at the British Animation Film Festival.


U.S. book sales are handled directly by the Darley Anderson Agency. Film and Television Rights are handled in-house by Sheila David who has over the last few years been responsible for maintaining close relationships with the leading UK producers. Sheila also handles science fiction and grounded fantasy which has potential for adaptation. For sales of books or original scripts to U.S. Film and TV companies, the Agency works, as it has for the last 18 years, in association with top talent Agent Steve Fisher of the APA Agency in Los Angeles.

In foreign language rights sales, the Darley Anderson Agency has enormous success in placing books with international publishers around the world.

Over the past twenty three years the Agency's Rights Department has built up an extensive worldwide network of foreign contacts, working with leading co-agents and directly with foreign publishers.

Mary Darby, ably assisted by Emma Winter, oversees all aspects of the foreign rights department; holding regular auctions, negotiating major deals and meeting over two hundred and fifty foreign editors at every major international book fair. For more information on Foreign Rights, please click here.

The focus at the Agency is on making our authors international bestsellers.

Five of our authors have been sold in 30 or more languages and ten of our authors have been sold in up to 25 languages. Every territory is just as important as another, from Germany to Brazil to Taiwan and Indonesia, we sell translation rights all over the World. We aim to translate our titles into as many languages as possible, creating internationally bestselling authors.

Our Agency motto is : ‘Our writers mean business’.

The most commercially minded agency in London

Our UK literary agents have a long history of producing commercial success for our authors in a broad variety of genres. Many of our writers are among the highest-paid, bestselling authors in the world.