The Blake Friedmann Literary Agency was founded in 1982 by merging the Julian Friedmann Literary Agency with the Carole Blake Literary Agency; Carole handled book rights and Julian handled film and television rights.
Since then, the agency has grown to include four agents and one associate agent in the literary department, and three film and TV agents and one associate agent in our media department. Our focus is on representing the most talented, dynamic and exciting writers and directors across all genres. Our intention has always been to represent writers' careers, rather than individual books or projects, and to sell those writers into as many markets, languages and media platforms as possible.
Our authors have won a wide range of prestigious prizes, including RNA Historical Novel of the Year, the Caine Prize, International Horror Guild Award, ITV People's Bestseller Dagger Award, the Commonwealth Prize, the Windham-Campbell Prize and PEN Awards; and been shortlisted for, among others, the Man Booker Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, theIMPACPrize, Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, the Costa Book Awards, Guardian First Book Award, the Orwell Prize, La Prix Femina and the Orange Prize. Our books have topped bestseller lists all over the world, and continue to regularly appear in the Sunday Times bestseller lists.
Our screenwriters and writer/directors have also garnered many awards, including BAFTAs, Emmys, Oscar nominations, Directors Guild Awards, Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Awards, Sony Gold Radio Awards, Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, and a Palme D'Or at Cannes.
You can find individual pages for all of our agents above, and more details on our international rights department here.
Emanuela Anechoum is the book department administrative assistant. She graduated with a Modern Literature and Publishing degree from UCSC in Milan, and interned at Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency. She moved to London to work at Blake Friedmann in August 2015, and though she is missing the sun terribly, she enjoys the vitality and quirkiness of London and its markets.
Cassie Barraclough joined Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in March 2017 as assistant to the media department. She previously worked in theatre, and has produced, performed, written and directed productions in London and regionally, at venues including the National Theatre and Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, and graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2014.
Samuel Hodder is Joint Finance Manager & Contracts Associate. Previous to joining Blake Friedmann he was Publisher for Psychology at Elsevier. He loves travel, Instagram, film, video games, and many, many books!
Charlotte Jones is our office manager. Prior to joining us, she has worked at the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Rare Tea Company. Charlotte is currently completing a PhD on the revival of the Turkish bath in Victorian Britain. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys fringe theatre and dabbling in poetry.
Resham Naqvi is our Contracts Manager. She has a background in publishing having previously worked in contracts for a publisher. She loves to travel and is an avid photographer.
Daisy Way is our Joint Finance Manager. She started working in publishing as Blake Friedmann’s Contracts & Royalties Associate in 2012, then spent two years working in the royalties department at Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency, before returning to BFLA in February 2017.
If you would like to read more about our history, please click here.