About us

The Books Department at United Agents is one of the UK’s leading literary agencies. We are a dynamic team made up of literary agents, foreign rights and book-to-film agents, who between us look after many of the world’s best-known and most-loved writers. Our authors work across a broad range of creative fields and represent every genre, from commercial and literary fiction to acclaimed biography and specialist non-fiction, as well as writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Each agent has created their own boutique list which they are enormously passionate about.

We look after many authors who have appeared at the top of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists and our writers 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 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction, the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Book Award. We also represent some of the biggest-selling books and debut authors of the past few years.

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 markets and languages around the world.

We are always keen to receive new submissions and for more information on how to submit, please see the Submission Guidelines page.


Latest news from Books

We are delighted to announce that Adam Mars-Jones , James Rebanks and Francesca Wade have been longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2021. The Royal Society of Literature (RSL), the voice for the value of literature in the UK, has today unveiled the longlist for the 2021 RSL Ondaatje Prize...
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The CWA Dagger 2021 longlists have been announced and we're thrilled to spot UA names among the lists. The Gold Dagger award is given annually to the best crime novel by an author of any nationality, originally written in English, and we couldn't be happier to see crime writer duo...