on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are five UK agents actively building their client lists.
Caroline Hardman accepts submissions of accessible literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, historical fiction, crime, suspense and thrillers. In nonfiction she is seeking popular science in the fields of human biology, medicine, psychology, ecology and sustainability, and memoir. She interested in writing on health (of the body or mind), wellness and lifestyle, and she always wants to hear from aspiring and established food writers.
Matthew Turner is looking for agenda-setting social issues – be they economic, political, scientific, environmental. Matt is looking for fiction which takes a side-long look at the world, and which hopes to speak, to some degree, about its present.
Antony Topping‘s interests include historical thrillers, contemporary and historical literary novels, science, food, and humor.
Rachel Mills wants nonfiction books that effect positive change; books that can improve our individual lives or that campaign for a better future.
Milly Reilly is interested in character-driven stories that delve deep into internal lives and the ways that people reveal themselves in friendships, families, and romantic relationships. On the non-fiction side, she is interested in memoir and narrative non-fiction, books on psychology, human behavior, illness and medicine, and political non-fiction that looks at gender, sexuality or race.
Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.