Our friends in the north

Stan

I’m looking for adult fiction, including crime and thriller, reading group and romcom, historical and high concept novels. It’s always difficult to be specific; most readers have eclectic tastes… and agents are no different.

But, at the moment, I’d love to read something political/satirical, in the vein of What a Carve Up! – unpicking the mess we’re in right now and, ideally, imagining a way out of it – or a locked-room thriller like The Hunting Party that keeps me guessing and my pulse racing.

Please send your non-fiction to me too – my list is mostly biography, sport and popular culture, but I’m very keen to see anything in the fields of popular science and politics.

Julie Fergusson – CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS

Julie obtained degrees in maths then creative writing from Edinburgh University, before working for several years as both a publisher and a freelance editor.

She is looking for fiction across a range of genres, particularly psychological thrillers, domestic suspense,  near-future speculative, romcoms, reading group and literary fiction. She is interested in non-fiction that explores big ideas in the areas of popular science and social justice.

For an idea of what she is looking for, here are some of the novels she has recently read and loved: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha, The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary, The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar, Conviction by Denise Mina, Normal People by Sally Rooney and Expectation by Anna Hope. She also loves the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami.

Julie is currently closed for submissions.

@Julie_Fergusson

Allan Guthrie

Allan has worked in the book trade since 1996 and has been a literary agent since 2005. He is also an award-winning novelist, freelance editor and former publisher.

His main area of interest is crime fiction.

Lina Langlee - closed for submissions

Lina is originally from Sweden but has been living in Scotland since 2008. After working in publishing for several years, notably at Canongate and Black & White, she became a literary agent in 2018. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the RNA ‘Agent of the Year’ award.

Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, accessible literary fiction, speculative or high concept books that remain very readable, crime fiction that stands out, fun and moving Middle Grade, and ‘big emotion’ Young Adult. In terms of non-fiction, Lina is interested either in ‘the small made big’ or ‘the big made small’: specialists that can make really niche subjects accessible and interesting to a wider market, or deeply personal accounts of the big issues we might all one day tackle.

Lina is less likely to be keen on political or gangland thrillers. She actively welcomes authors from all backgrounds and would like to see more diverse stories and voices.

@LinaLanglee

Kevin Pocklington

Kevin works primarily in non-fiction, and is in the process of developing a fiction list. His non-fiction clients include: Peter Ross (A Tomb with A View), Sylvia Patterson (shortlisted for the Costa non-fiction prize for I’m Not with the Band), John Lydon and Sex Pistols (Anger Is An Energy), John Quin (Dr Quin, Medicine Man), Simon Goddard (Ziggyology), Uli Hesse (Sports Book of the Year award winner for Building the Yellow Wall), Mike Scott (Adventures of a Waterboy), Sean Yates (It’s All About the Bike), Jo Wood (Stoned) and many more. He is looking to expand this list further and into other areas of non-fiction.

In fiction, he is looking to develop a commercial crime list, and is interested in accessible literary fiction (a new Iain Banks, Jonathan Coe, Muriel Spark, Sally Rooney or Olga Tokarczuk would be warmly received).