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
Books I’ve Enjoyed in 2019
The Passage - Justin Cronin
Normal People - Sally Rooney
The Gallows Pole - Benjamin Myers
The Intrusions - Stav Sherez