About us

The Book Department at United Agents has been one of London’s leading literary agencies since 2007. Since then it has grown into a team of twenty, made up of primary, foreign rights and book-to-film agents, who between them look after many of the world’s best-known and much-loved writers. The authors we represent work across a broad range of creative fields, from commercial fiction to acclaimed biography, to specialist non-fiction and writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

Our authors have won many of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes (including the Man Booker Prize, the COSTA Novel of the Year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Book Award) and appeared at the top of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists.

While we are proud to count a number of influential voices among our long-term clients, at the same time we have a particular passion and reputation for finding and nurturing new talent and helping to shape burgeoning writing careers, selling our clients’ work into as many markets and languages, and across as many platforms, as possible.

The Book Department is headed by Rosemary Scoular.

For all submission queries, please see the Submission Guidelines page.

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Latest news from Books

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On 20th February, it was announced that Half A World Away by Mike Gayle has been selected for the Richard & Judy Spring Book Club 2020.
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George Szirtes ' hybrid work of memoir and biography, THE PHOTOGRAPHER AT SIXTEEN, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize! Flowing backwards through time, and through a tumultuous period of European history, THE PHOTOGRAPHER AT SIXTEEN is a tender and yet unsparing autobiographical journey. In July 1975, Magda Szirtes died in the ambulance on the way to hospital after she had tried to take her own life. She was fifty-one years old. The Photographer at Sixteen spools into the past, through her exile in England, her flight with her husband and two young boys from Hungary in 1956 and her time in two concentration camps, her girlhood as an ambitious photographer, and the unknowable fate of her vanished family in Transylvania. The woman who emerges – with all her contradictions – is utterly captivating. What were the terrors and obsessions that drove her? The Photographer at Sixteen reveals a life from the depths of its final days to the comparable safety of its childhood. It is a book born of curiosity, of guilt and of love. ‘A truly remarkable book... fiercely compelling’ Edmund de Waal This is the sixth year of the literary quarterly and independent publisher Slightly Foxed’s sponsorship of the Prize, with a winner’s award of £2,500. The winner will be announced on 10th March. The judging panel includes TV critic and journalist Suzi Feay, editor and biographer Maggie Fergusson and Jonathan Keates, a novelist and journalist.