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

Jane Casey
Hemlock Press have landed the 12th instalment of Jane Casey's bestselling Maeve Kerrigan series and a new novel, My Friend Maura , Jane's first to be set in Ireland. Jane will be continuing with her long-time editor, Julia Wisdom. Maeve 12 will be published in Spring '25 with My Friend...
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THE SECRET ELEPHANT by Ellan Rankin and WHOSE DOG IS THIS?, illustrated by Aysha Awwad , have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2024 in the Illustrated Books category. The shortlists comprise 18 books across three categories, with six books vying within each category to be crowned category...