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.

For Book to Film enquiries, please contact Gabriella Docherty on  


Latest news from Books

Philip Pullman’s THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH is published today by David Fickling Books in association with Penguin Random House in the UK and Random House Children’s in the US, and will subsequently be available in thirty foreign territories worldwide. THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH is the second book in the Book of Dust...
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Photograph: Maclehose Press

The shortlist for the coveted East Anglian Book Awards 2019 has been revealed, celebrating the very best of publishing, writing and reading in the region. Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate writing talent within the East of England. 
The East Anglian Book Awards are a partnership between Jarrold, EDP, and the National Centre for Writing, supported by UEA Faculty of Arts & Humanities and the PACCAR Foundation. George Szirtes ' THE PHOTOGRAPHER AT SIXTEEN (Maclehose Press, 2019) has been shortlisted in the 'Biography and Memoir' category.