Hodder & Stoughton has pre-empted two standalone crime novels from Emma Haughton, with The Dark to be published as a “major” launch title for the publisher next summer. 

Jo Dickinson, publisher of the crime & thriller list, acquired world rights from Mark Stanton and Julie Fergusson at The North Literary Agency… Read more.

Editorial director Hannah Smith acquired world English rights for both titles from Lina Langlee at The North Literary Agency. The first book, The Tearoom on the Bay, will be published as an e-book on 1st October 2020, with the second title to follow in early 2022… Read more.

Chris Sutton is a man on a mission, determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what’s going wrong.

Here, in extracts from his brilliant new book You’re Better Than That! How to Fix Modern Football, he sets out ways to solve 25 problems holding back the game we all love… Read more.

Walker Books will publish Unleash Your Creative Monster: A Children’s Guide to Writing by Andy Jones and Olaf Falafel, the first title in a two-book deal… Read more.

Lina Langlee has left the Kate Nash Literary Agency to join the North Literary Agency… Read more.

Monoray has signed a book for fans of the beautiful game from “tell-it-like-it-is” football pundit and former pro player Chris Sutton… Read more.

Headline has acquired a new book from Orwell Prize-nominated journalist Peter Ross about “the stories and glories of graveyards”… Read more.


The North was founded in October 2017 by four agents with decades of experience in the book world: not only as agents, but as booksellers and publishers – and even a writer.

We’re a small agency, but we think our list of best-sellers and award winners shows that we punch above our weight.

In a business dominated by large London publishers and agencies, we’re proud to be one of very few literary agencies based in the north; though our reach is global, with writers published in more than 30 territories around the world.


We are always on the lookout for new talent. So, whatever your experience – including none at all – if you’re writing and seeking representation, then please Hit the North by going to our submissions page.