Born in England, I began in publishing with Gillon Aitken, and enjoyed a thrilling literary initiation, serving living legends like VS Naipaul and working with emerging stars including Edward St Aubyn and Helen Fielding. One of the first books I sold, at 23 or 4, was THE WHOLE WOMAN, sequel to Germaine Greer’s THE FEMALE EUNUCH (I’d met her while an undergraduate at Cambridge).
In 1999, I arrived in New York with letters of introduction from Gillon Aitken and Vidia Naipaul, and money to last a week. I joined Carlisle and Company and built a fast growing list of wits, thinkers and historians – Toby Young, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Tom Shone, Simon Schama, Linda Colley, the Holland brothers – and helping bring many of the best British novelists – Alan Hollinghust, Hari Kunzru, Maggie O’Farrell, Kamila Shamsie - to American audiences.
At 29, I formed Fletcher & Parry with Christy Fletcher, and over five years we built a terrific business – highlights included early Jonah Lehrer, Dan Lyons, Chip and Dan Heath, The Nanny Diaries and co-producing our first film together (“The Rite”). In early 2008, an opportunity arose to sell my half of the agency and the time was right.
I spent my daughters’ smallest years working from home – ghosting and development editing– before re-entering publishing by joining Janklow in 2013 – where I’ve been excited, once again, to be able to champion writers’ interests without limit.
Janklow & Nesbit is an agency to celebrate, with an extraordinary honor roll of authors, lovely colleagues and a fleet of expertise.
I am looking for strong non-fiction; compelling stories; books that change the conversation - and to which I know I can add value. I love books which introduce new worlds; surprise and gratify readers; extend empathy; educate, entertain and even try to do some good.
I’m looking too for brilliantly written, commercially appealing fiction – fiction which carries me on its own rhythm; contends with the best in literature (and in current film and television); offers indelible characters; wit; fresh perspectives and real heart.
I continue to relish introducing British authors to America - one good reason among many to be grateful for my amazing team of colleagues in London.
Calling storytellers, reporters, pioneers and voices wanting to reach the widest possible world, I love helping writers make money.