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Darley Anderson
Proprietor and Agent
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Darley Anderson
Proprietor and Agent
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Darley Anderson

Proprietor and Agent

Darley Anderson is the founder and proprietor of the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. He is an ex-publisher who had almost twenty years experience in all aspects of general trade publishing. He was also the pioneering creator of the highly successful Overcoming Common Problems series from Sheldon Press – a UK brand leader in popular health book publishing.

He started his Agency single-handedly in 1988 beginning with three writers and a bank overdraft. Over the years Anderson has gained an international reputation as one of the very best – if not the best – talent spotter in the book business.

He represents a wide range of bestselling writers including Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French, Constance Briscoe, Chris Carter, Clare Dowling, Adrian Plass, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson and Cathy Cassidy.

Almost all his writers were unknown and unpublished when they sent their first ms to Anderson. He worked editorially with them before selling their ms. In many cases he negotiated six figure deals for these debuts. In some cases though, he had to persevere for many, many months when US and UK publishers failed to recognise his writers' sales potential.

Scrupulous in all business matters and a tough dealmaker, Anderson has negotiated some of the highest seven and eight figure advances ever achieved for British and Irish writers.

All those whom he represents would echo the words of the UK’s biggest selling hardback adult fiction writer Martina Cole, who has said of Anderson: “I have the best Agent in London”.

For all enquiries regarding Darley Anderson's authors please email rebeka@darleyanderson.com

Authors represented by Darley

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Booker Prize Judging Panel 2020 Announced

January 2020

It is with great excitement that we are able to announce that Lee Child has been selected as one of the Judges for the Booker Prize 2020. 

Lee has done what few others have achieved in his career, bridging the gap between literary and commercial fans, pushing back at those who claim commercial success and literary merit seldom go hand in hand.

With the likes of Kate Atkinson, Margaret Drabble, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama amongst Lee's 'Reacher Creatures', it's no surprise that his appointment brings an fresh perception to the prestigious award.

As Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation noted in comments to the Evening Express, each judge's 'powers of perception have broken barriers in their respective fields.' With over 100 million copies sold worldwide, we are sure that Lee's fans and avid readers will keep up to date on all the latest news in regard to this year's historic prize.


 

Lee Smashes the Records

January 2020

After topping the UK Charts for a 9th Week and celebrating a well-deserved Christmas No. 1 Spot, Blue Moon has surpassed even Lee's previous records for most consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Chart!

This is a must read for fans of the series, and the perfect pick for a New Year read! 

Camilla Bolton
Senior Agent
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Camilla Bolton
Senior Agent
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Camilla Bolton

Senior Agent

Camilla joined the Darley Anderson Agency in 2007 and was named as a publishing Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2013. At the Agency she represents The Sunday Times and The New York Times bestsellers and critically acclaimed authors.

Overall her list features ebook bestsellers, established authors and debut authors including Haleh Agar, Tom Bale, Vicki Bradley, James Carol, Gloria Cook, A J Cross, Jason Dean, Hayley Doyle, G R Halliday, Egan Hughes, Emma Kavanagh, T M Logan, Imran Mahmood, Phoebe Morgan, B A Paris, Jo Platt, Rebecca Shaw, Rob Sinclair, Sean Slater, Catherine Steadman, Lee Stone, G X Todd, Tim Weaver and David Wishart.

Camilla represents crime, thriller, suspense and women’s fiction. She loves working editorially with her authors and is looking for new talent.

Camilla co-founded Pitch An Agent in conjunction with CrimeFest. This annual event gives new writers the exciting opportunity to meet agents and discuss their work. Camilla studied English Literature and Psychology at Cardiff University, specialising in Novel Writing. After gaining a distinction from the University of the Arts, Camilla went on to work for a national newspaper before joining the Darley Anderson Agency.

@CamillaJBolton

Authors represented by Camilla

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The Rules of Murder by Rob Sinclair is out today!

January 2020

The Rules of Murder, the second book in Rob Sinclair's DI Dani Stephens series, is out today in eBook. 

With one teenager killed and another missing, Dani is desperate to find the killer. But it might be that her only option is to turn to her brother -- the serial killler who'd attacker her. 

Congratulations, Rob! 

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris out now in hardback

January 2020

The Dilemma, by Sunday Times bestselling author B.A. Paris, is out today in the UK in hardback. The Dilemma has already become a top 10 ebook bestseller after early eBook release last month.

A couple are faced with an impossible choice -- be honest, no matter how terrible the truth is, or give the person you love a few extra hours of happiness? 

US publication will follow later this year. 

Congratulations, B.A. Paris!

Tanera Simons
Literary Agent
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Tanera Simons
Literary Agent
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Tanera Simons

Literary Agent

Tanera joined the Darley Anderson team in early 2017 and is building the women’s fiction list. She is a huge fan of commercial romances, and is open to all submissions within the genre: she has a particular passion for strong female leads and authors with a unique voice. She currently represents authors both in the UK and US, including: Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Mandy Baggot, and Lauren North.

Tanera studied at Exeter University where she gained a BA in English Literature before she went on to join the Lovereading team. Here, she spent much of her time doing what she loves most: reading books and discussing them with like-minded people. She then went on to work within the production team of a well-known publishing house, which gave her a good grounding in the world of publishing.

@Tanera Simons
 

Authors represented by Tanera

Clare Wallace
Literary Agent
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Clare Wallace
Literary Agent
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Clare Wallace

Literary Agent

Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. Clare is building the children’s list and is scouting for new authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Clare also represents a boutique list of commercial and accessible literary women’s fiction but is closed to new submissions.

At the Agency Clare represents authors in adult fiction both in the UK and the US including Rosie Blake, Kerry Fisher, Ruby Hummingbird, Cesca Major, Phaedra Patrick and Beth Reekles. For a list of Clare's children's clients, please go to our children's website following the link below.

Clare formerly assisted the Luxton Harris Ltd literary agency. Graduating with a first from a BA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, Clare went on to gain a distinction on the MA in Creative Writing. She has proof-listened to hundreds of adults and children’s audio books for AudioGO and worked for Cardiff University as a research assistant and coach to international students.

@LitAgentClare

Authors represented by Clare

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Publication day for Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!

January 2020

Lorna Scobie’s newest picture book, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!, publishes today. 

Rabbit loves being the only child in the family. But when rabbit's parents have some news, and then more news, things start to get awfully crowded at home! Maybe the fox next door can help?

A picture book sure to have children screaming - with laughter, that is!

Congratulations, Lorna!
 

The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance is out today!

January 2020

The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance, Beth Reekles’ sequel to the Netflix sensation The Kissing Booth, publishes today.

Elle Evans seems to have finally tamed hotter-than-hot bad boy Noah Flynn, but now they're facing a new challenge. Noah's 3,000 miles away at Harvard, which means they're officially a long-distance couple - and it's tough. After all, there's only so much texts and calls can satisfy - and when Elle sees a post which suggests Noah's getting friendly with another girl, she's devastated. 

On top of that, it's hard to ignore the new boy at school. He's gentle, sweet, cute - and definitely interested in Elle. With her heart on the line, what's a girl to do? 

Join Elle, Noah, Lee and all your favourite Kissing Booth characters for another amazing romantic story that's sure to have you swooning.

Congratulations, Beth!
 

Lydia Silver
Literary Agent
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Lydia Silver
Literary Agent
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Lydia Silver

Literary Agent

Lydia has recently joined the Darley Anderson Agency and is looking to build the children’s list. With a background in middle grade and YA fiction, Lydia is particularly looking for magical middle grade adventures, funny contemporary stories and YA novels with an unusual voice. Above all, she wants to find stories with wit, charm and heart.

She’s also got an eye out for clever, engaging picture books and is developing the non-fiction side of the children’s list. She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent. Lydia represents clients in the UK and the US including Soofiya, Dominic Beesley, Mark Bradley, Zanna Goldhawk, Catherine Jacob, Rachel Morrisroe and Rashmi Sirdeshpande.

Lydia is actively looking for submissions from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ and all other under-represented writers. Please include the hashtag #diversevoices in the subject line of your email when you submit.

@LydiaRSilver 

Authors represented by Lydia

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How To Be Extraordinary Out Today!

July 2019

Rashmi Sirdeshpande's How To Be Extraordinary publishes today! 

From around the world and throughout history, discover unsung heroes - and some well-known faces - brought to life with astonishing story-telling and illustration. Meet an artist, scientist, medic, environmentalist, musician, activist, writer, politician, and even a spy . . . above all, discover that there are MANY ways to be extraordinary and to make a real difference in the world.

Featuring the real-life stories of: Aeham Ahmad, David Attenborough, Mo Farah, Keiko Fukuda, Stephen Hawking, Frida Kahlo, Abdul Kalam, Judith Kerr, Wangari Maathai, Nelson Mandela, David Nott, Michelle Obama, Krystyna Skarbek, Alan Turing, Sau Lan Wu.

How To Be Extraordinary is published by Puffin.

Congratulations, Rashmi! 

Mary Darby
Head of Rights
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Head of Rights
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Mary Darby

Head of Rights

Mary is the Head of Rights at Darley Anderson and oversees all translation rights for the agency's authors all over the world, for both the Adults and Children's lists along with Kristina and Georgia.

Mary joined Darley Anderson as Rights Assistant in February 2011 after working with the Rights Department at Bloomsbury and as a book seller at Stanfords Map and Travel Book Shop in Covent Garden.

@maru_darbu

Kristina Egan
Rights Agent
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Kristina Egan
Rights Agent
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Kristina Egan

Rights Agent

Kristina joined the agency as the Rights Assistant in February 2016.  She handles translation rights for DA Agency and DA Children's Agency authors in a number of countries, including Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

Kristina has a first class degree in English & Media. She was named Student Blogger of the Month for her ‘poignantly funny’ work by The Huffington Post and was asked to write think pieces for their Young Voices section. She later interned as an editorial assistant at their offices in London.

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Georgia Fuller
Rights Agent
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Georgia Fuller
Rights Agent
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Georgia Fuller

Rights Agent

Georgia joined the agency as a Rights Agent in January 2019. She handles translation rights for both Adult and Children's titles across multiple territories, including Japan, Korea, Russia, Hungary and Czech Republic.

Georgia has a degree in History and Spanish, and her love of detective thrillers could be applied even to her dissertation, which centred on international espionage. Before joining the DA team, Georgia worked in the Rights department at Bloomsbury. 

Sheila David
Dramatic Rights Agent
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Sheila David
Dramatic Rights Agent
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Sheila David

Dramatic Rights Agent

Sheila David handles dramatic rights for the DA Agency and is the first point of contact for all dramatic rights queries for DA Authors. She has been at the Agency since 2013 and also represents a handful of screenwriters.

She read History at the University of Edinburgh and took her diploma in Law from BPP.

 

@SheilaDeviDavid

Authors represented by Sheila

Rosanna Bellingham
Financial Controller
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Rosanna Bellingham
Financial Controller
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Rosanna Bellingham

Financial Controller

Rosanna became the Agency’s Financial Controller in 2008.

After graduating in English Literature at the University of Nottingham Rosanna joined a dynamic new finance house and fell in love with deal making, deadlines and pressure, finding work more fun than fun. 

She won Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Cook of The Year Competition and took up the prize of the one year Diploma Course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine which also included the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Intermediate Course.  She then passed the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. She has worked in farming, banking, law, hotels, catering, the wine trade, import, export, retail, wholesale and fashion. 

She takes great delight in all aspects of the Agency and thoroughly enjoys being, in the words of Lee Child, The Money Lady.

Peter Colegrove
Company Accountant
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Peter Colegrove
Company Accountant
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Peter Colegrove

Company Accountant

Peter Colegrove has been the company accountant since 1992. He is also a director and company secretary of the Darley Anderson Childrens Book Agency Ltd.



 

Steve Fisher
US Film Associate
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Steve Fisher
US Film Associate
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Steve Fisher

US Film Associate

Steve began his career in television journalism in New York, working for ABC News and CNN. At ABC he worked for World News Tonight as Head of the Research department and an Off Air Reporter and worked closely with then host Peter Jennings. At CNN he wrote anchor copy and field produced.

Turning to Hollywood, Steve trained at ICM, then began his agenting career at the venerable H.N. Swanson Agency, the oldest literary firm on the West Coast. Specializing in representing books to the film and TV business, he represents such authors as Lee Child, John Connolly, Tana French, the estate of Patrick O'Brian, Robert Stone, Gregory Maguire, Peter Matthiessen, James Sallis, and many others.

His current company, Agency for the Performing Arts, has offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and Nashville.

Roya Sarrafi-Gohar
Assistant
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Roya Sarrafi-Gohar
Assistant
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Roya Sarrafi-Gohar

Assistant

Roya joined the Agency in January 2017 as Camilla Bolton's assistant. 

Roya studied French and German at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2016. She enjoys reading submissions and offering advice to new authors. 

Samantha Balfour
Assistant
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Samantha Balfour
Assistant
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Samantha Balfour

Assistant

Samantha joined the Darley Anderson Agency in September 2016.

She is a graduate in Business Studies from London University. She has worked in interior design, property development and an Art Gallery and has travelled extensively in the course of business. She has a sports background in tennis, golf and swimming and taught Pilates for 8 years.

Samantha is in charge of the smooth running of the office and premises and takes particular care of new authors.

Chloe Davis
Agent's Assistant
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Chloe Davis
Agent's Assistant
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Chloe Davis

Agent's Assistant

Chloe joined as the Children’s agency assistant in July 2019. She previously worked in the Rights department at Pan Macmillan and as a Bookseller at Waterstones.

Chloe has a degree in English Literature and French from the University of Edinburgh and spent a year studying in Paris. She enjoys reading submissions, particularly middle grade adventures.
 

Rebeka Finch
Agent's Assistant
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Rebeka Finch
Agent's Assistant
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Rebeka Finch

Agent's Assistant

Rebeka joined the Agency as Darley's Assistant in November 2019.

Rebeka has a degree in History from the University of Exeter, and spent a semester abroad studying in America before graduting in July 2019. She enjoys reading submissions, particularly historical fiction and murder mysteries, and working on the Agency's social media. 


 

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Welcome to Instagram

January 2020

With the start of the New Year it's time to introduce the Darley Anderson instagram account. 

Keep up to date with all of our publications, authors, illustrators and more. Go and give it a follow @darleyanderson_agency

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