Our friends in the north

Our agents

Julie Fergusson

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 novels that are intelligent and thought-provoking, both commercial and literary, particularly women’s, reading group and dystopian fiction; as well as psychological thrillers and YA fantasy.

She loves a detailed and fast-paced plot, centred around interesting and well-developed characters. Think Luckiest Girl Alive, Elizabeth is Missing, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Power by Naomi Alderman, and anything by Louise O’Neill or Margaret Atwood.

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.

Kevin Pocklington

Kevin joined JBA as an agent in 2011, where he developed a mainly non-fiction list from scratch.

At The North, he is looking for a wider range of non-fiction submissions and would like to develop a fiction list with new authors, including accessible literary fiction and crime titles.


Stan did an English degree at Bristol University before returning to Edinburgh and working at Canongate Books for seven years. During his time there the Rebel Inc imprint was launched, Life of Pi won the Booker and he was shortlisted for a PPC Award for Sylvia Smith’s odd but beguiling memoir Misadventures. He is most proud of helping introduce Dan Rhodes’ Timoleon Vieta Come Home to the reading public.

He has been an agent most of the 21st century. His first best-seller was Paul Torday’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – a winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and translated into 28 languages; the novel was made into a film with Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. He represents novelists such as NYT best-seller Natasha Solomons – who was shortlisted for New Writer of the Year at the Nibbies; John Ironmonger, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award; and Gavin Extence winner of the Waverton Good Read Award and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

His crime authors include Sunday Times best-seller Cass Green and Craig Robertson, recently shortlisted for the William McIvanney Prize.

His non-fiction projects include Sunday Times best-sellers The Forgotten Highlander and A Friend Like Henry, while Bill Jones’ Alone was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and made into the acclaimed documentary ‘The Ice King’.

David Solomons is the only children’s author Stan represents; but he’s a pretty good one. David’s My Brother is a Super Hero won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and scooped Children’s Book of the Year at the Nibbies.

He is looking for quality fiction in any and all genres, as well as non-fiction projects, particularly in the areas of sport, culture and politics.

In 2011 he was short-listed for Literary Agent of the Year. He didn’t win.