Born and brought up in Venezuela, Patrick Walsh studied law at Cambridge before becoming a literary agent. Having co-founded Conville & Walsh in 2000, he then sold the agency to Curtis Brown before founding PEW Literary in 2016. His clients have won or shortlisted for numerous literary awards, and he is always keen to hear from new authors.
Margaret Halton joined PEW as an Agent in 2018. She studied English at Oxford and has had a varied career working for publishing houses and literary agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, including ICM and Rogers, Coleridge & White. She has been responsible for selling international rights in non-fiction titles as wide-ranging as Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs and Naomi Klein’s THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, and in novels by Toni Morrison, Richard Ford, Zadie Smith and Nick Hornby amongst many others. She worked as an editor at Granta Books where she was responsible for acquiring Mohsin Hamid’s first novel MOTH SMOKE and titles by Kamila Shamsie, Herta Muller and Colson Whitehead. In recent years she has started to develop her own list of authors, focussing mainly on fiction. She loves novels that pack an emotional punch with characters you feel you get to know personally. She also works in an independent bookshop, which means that after years of selling books to publishers she’s hand-selling books directly to readers too.
Margaret also represents UK rights on behalf of Ayesha Pande Literary in the States.
John Ash joined PEW in 2016 as part of the original two-man-one-dog founding team. Before that, he studied for undergraduate and MPhil degrees in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and spent a year singing with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Alongside working with Patrick on his authors, John is now developing his own list.
His fiction tastes are varied – and unpredictable – but he is particularly drawn to beautifully-written literary fiction, ambitious fantasy, and anything with a dark vein of humour running through it. On the non-fiction side, he loves to read literary and unusual narrative non-fiction and memoir, and is especially interested in writing on music, cultural history, nature and art.
In his spare time, John continues to work as a professional countertenor, dashing out of the office every now and again to sing evensong.
Eleanor Birne has worked in the publishing industry for twenty years. She began life as an agent at David Godwin Associates and before that was Publishing Director at John Murray where she published across literary fiction and non-fiction. Prior to that, she was Editorial Director at Duckworth Publishers. She started her publishing career in the academic division at Macmillan Press and while at university she worked as a bookseller.
Eleanor is actively building a list of new writers at PEW Literary. Her clients include Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books, whose collection Human Relations and Other Difficulties is published by Profile in the UK and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US. She also represents Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at UCL, John Sutherland, former Times literary editor, Erica Wagner, and former Observer journalist-turned-doctor, Tom Templeton, whose 34 Patients will be published by Penguin/Michael Joseph. Her other clients include the Booker-longlisted and Encore shortlisted novelist, Sam Thompson, Adam Smyth, Professor of the History of the Book at the University of Oxford and Rozalind Dineen, Features Editor at the Times Literary Supplement. She is looking for writers from all backgrounds and regions who have a unique story to tell — whether in fiction or non-fiction. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Doug Young has worked in publishing for over 25 years, latterly as a publishing director at Penguin Random House but also previously at Hachette and BBC Books. He joined PEW in 2019 and is interested in hearing from writers with a story to tell, whether in fiction or non-fiction form, and people who write in a distinctive voice or from a fresh perspective. His range of interests is broad – including (but not limited to) history, science and politics, memoir and the occasional off-the-wall novel.
Charlotte began her career at the Orion Publishing Group in 2005. She left to join Quercus, then a very small start-up, and spent seven years commissioning, editing and publishing across most genres of fiction and some non-fiction. Her authors included Heather O’Neill (shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2008), John Ajvide Lindqvist, Rosie Fiore, Eleanor Henderson and Brian Freeman. In 2011, she was one of seven editors selected to travel to China for a British Council tour to represent UK publishing. She left Quercus in 2012 to join the new fiction team at Oneworld, where she commissioned books from a list of authors including Debbie Taylor and Alexis M. Smith.
She lives in Hampshire with her husband and their two children.
Rebecca Sandell joined PEW at the beginning of 2020. As an undergraduate she studied English at King’s College London where she also obtained her Master’s degree in eighteenth-century literature with a dissertation on William Blake’s architectural influences. She is especially interested in the intersection between visual art, architecture and literature. She also enjoys writing on themes of memory and writing that challenges conceptions of time, be it fiction or non-fiction. As an assistant, she works across all aspects of the agency with a particular focus on international rights.
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