I have a strong list of commercial and upmarket genre authors and am particularly interested in crime and thrillers of all shapes and sizes. I love big high-concept stuff, psychological/domestic suspense that truly breaks the mould, police procedural, action/espionage etc. Character & setting is as important as plot. I have yet to read a book or submission about an art heist that hasn’t bored me stiff. Recently loved Hold The Dark.
I’m having a bit of a historical fiction moment, and have loved Wolf Hall, Pillars of the Earth, Dunstan, and The Gallow’s Pole.
I'm looking to take on some really good SF, towards the speculative/literary crossover end of the spectrum, though I really loved Leviathan Wakes and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.
I'd like to find some 'upmarket' fiction — a tall order, but think McCarthy, Atwood, Robinson. Complex ideas, simple sentences.
In terms of non-fiction, I love popular science, narrative nf, sports books and history. I'm an ardent cyclist & enjoy most sport (except cricket and F1), though am far more about the passion, pain and fury than navel gazing or statistics. I also really, really, love anything to do with nature - my best present at Christmas 2018 was Collins British Tree Guide.
Things you shouldn't send me (aside from the things mentioned above): Middle-grade | Children's Picture Books | YA fiction or non-fiction | short story collections (unless they come alongside a novel idea) | Film scripts
Works I’ve enjoyed in 2019:
The Gallows Pole - Benjamin Myers
The Intrusions - Stav Sherez
Tim Baker, Simon Bestwick, Andy Briggs, Dan Burt, Will Carver, SB Caves, Zosia Crosse, Deserter Blog, Paul Finch, Verity Glass, Neil Mackay, Kevin McFadden, Alan Parks, S.A Partridge, John Rickards, Royd Tolkien, Hamilton Wende, Michael Wood