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Andrew spent fifteen years in publishing before making the transition to agenting. He worked at three major publishers (Hodder & Stoughton in publicity; editorial at Little, Brown; before becoming head of non-fiction at Simon & Schuster), before joining David Higham in 2007. He became a director of the company four years later.

His list retains the emphasis on non-fiction that characterised his career at S&S. His non-fiction interests include:

  • Heavyweight ‘big history’ texts by professional historians writing for a general audience, e.g. Alan Allport, Thomas Asbridge, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Paul Kennedy, Julian Jackson, Helen McCarthy, Jon Wilson etc.
  • Also more commercial narrative history and biography, by authors such as Victoria Glendinning and Andrew Lycett
  • Politics and current affairs, including biography (e.g. John Campbell, and his biographies on Thatcher, Heath, Jenkins and others; also, for example, Peter Snowdon on the Tory Party or Nigel Hamilton on Bill Clinton and JFK); various works by political commentators like Owen Jones (Chavs, The Establishment), Yanis Varoufakis, Steve Richards, John Kampfner and others. Gordon also works with Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman from the Spectator, Jason Cowley and Helen Lewis at the New Statesman; Peter Oborne also previously of the Spectator, and John Pilger, the well-known campaigner and investigative journalist
  • Popular science (e.g. numerous works by John Gribbin, such as In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat) and some nature writing (e.g. Michael McCarthy, The Moth Snowstorm)
  • Other non-fiction interests include sport and sports writing, especially cricket; popular culture; psychology and 'smart thinking'; narrative business and memoir.


His fiction interests include:

  • Ambitious thrillers and accessible literary fiction
  • Some crime fiction, for example William Ryan and Craig Russell, winner of the 2007 Golden Dagger, among other awards
  • Accessible more book-club style work, such as the novels of Antonia Senior or Rachel Billington
  • The classier end of women’s fiction, for example Laurie Graham (The Grand Duchess of Nowhere) and Jane Sanderson


Detailed data

Agency:
David Higham Associates
Agent since:
2007
Short biography:

Andrew joined David Higham in 2007 after a fifteen-year career in publishing, and was appointed a director of the company in 2011. He worked in the publicity department at Hodder & Stoughton before moving to editorial at Little, Brown, commissioning both fiction and non-fiction. In 2001 he moved to Simon & Schuster, rising to head of non-fiction.

He is interested in handling quality non-fiction of all kinds, especially history, current affairs and politics, and fiction that grabs the attention.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

I enjoy reading and representing big and bold history books, and am often encouraging clients or prospective clients to extrapolate from small, sometimes niche ideas into something bigger and more ambitious.

I love working with authors who are at the top of their field and helping them translate their expertise into something readable and 'book-shaped'.

I am taking on less new fiction these days, but am drawn to smartly written and page-turning narratives of all kinds. Recent novels I've really enjoyed include The Son by Philipp Meyer, The North Water by Ian McGuire and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I would love to be sent some big-sweep, international 'airport' thrillers like I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

Other loves & passions:

Collecting film posters.

How to make a submission:
All adult submissions should be sent to us by post at: David Higham Associates 7th Floor, Waverley House 7–12 Noel Street London W1F 8GQ Please note we do not accept adult submissions by email or fax.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
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Clients:
Tazeen Ahmad, Alan Allport, Michael Arditti, Thomas Asbridge, Lindsey Bareham, Correlli Barnett, Sir Christopher Bayly, Rachel Billington, John Campbell, Alan Connor, Jason Cowley, Alex Danchev, Patricia Duncker, Mark Easton, Richard English, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Frank, Alex George, Andrew Gimson, Victoria Glendinning, Laurie Graham, Richard Greene, John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin, Nigel Hamilton, Isabel Hardman, Tim Harper, Roger Hermiston, Russell Hoban, Eric Hobsbawm, Geoffrey Hosking, Julian Jackson, Owen Jones, Denis Judd, John Kampfner, Anna Keay, John Keay, Paul Kennedy, Anthony King, David Lammy, Helen Lewis, Andrew Lycett, Dame Vera Lynn, Kathryn Mannix, Helen McCarthy, Michael McCarthy, Andy McSmith, Kenneth O. Morgan, Fraser Nelson, Johan Norberg, David Nott, Peter Oborne, Helen Parr, Harry Pearson, Nicholas Phillipson, John Pilger, Dominic Raab, Amol Rajan, Chris Renwick, Steve Richards, Craig Russell, William Ryan, Jane Sanderson, Antonia Senior, Jake Wallis Simons, Peter Snowdon, Oliver Stark, Kevin Telfer, Dylan Thomas, Simon Thurley, Rosamund Urwin, Yanis Varoufakis, Brian Viner, James Ward, Bernard Wasserstein, A. T. Williams, Jon Wilson
Full client list:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/agents-dh/andrew-gordon/
Email address:
andrewgordon@davidhigham.co.uk

Agents of: David Higham Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/
About the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.
Address for submissions:
David Higham Associates, 58 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F 9HA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@davidhigham.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7437 1072
Number of agents:
11
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
No adult submissions by email or fax, only by post. Children's submissions should be e-mailed to: childrenssubmissions@davidhigham.co.uk. Please see website for full details of submission requirements.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DHAMedia
Latest news:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/whatsonarchive.htm
More about the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.

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