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Andrew Nurnberg has been an agent since 1977, but for the vast bulk of that time he’s not run the kind of agency that authors would typically submit to directly. Rather, his eponymous agency sold the foreign rights on behalf of other agencies and publishers. So, for example, if your UK and US sales were handled by the XYZ Agency, that agency might hire Andrew to sell the translation rights in Europe and elsewhere. Although countless authors benefitted from Andrew’s work in this way, they might not even have met him: his clients were the agencies and publishers who used him, rather than the author.

That picture has now somewhat changed. The agency now represents a full range of authors in the normal way. It doesn’t handle picture books for the very youngest readers, but aside from that, it’ll handle the full range of children’s fiction and every adult genre too.

Andrew doesn’t disclose much about his own tastes. (The entire blurb on his website profile page reads “Andrew Nurnberg has spent his entire professional career in publishing, specialising in the international representation of authors.  He founded Andrew Nurnberg Associates in London in 1977.”) Given that Andrew is a senior agent who manages a large and complex agency, it’s likely that most writers wishing to be represented by Andrew Nurnberg Associates will prefer to make their submissions to one of Andrew’s colleagues, whose profiles are somewhat more invitational and informative.

Andrew speaks multiple European languages (we count French, Russian, Spanish, German and Dutch, as well as English) and he has the good sense to be a keen mountain climber.

Detailed data

Andrew Nurnberg Associates
Agent since:
Short biography:

Andrew Nurnberg has spent his entire professional career in publishing, specialising in the international representation of authors. He founded Andrew Nurnberg Associates in London in 1977.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

The agency focuses on foreign rights but they do have their own clients and are interested in building their list. On the subject of creating a market for foreign literature in the English-speaking world, Andrew Nurnberg comments, 'I always say, in order to make a country fashionable in the literary world, you only need one author to shoot to the top. This is what happened with Stieg Larsson, who made Scandinavia fashionable. But initially Larsson was not published in either England or America, although he sold well in a number of European countries. Finally, a brave publisher was found, and now the sales of Larsson's books in English exceed sales in any other language, and publishers are printing Scandinavian novels in batches'.

Other loves & passions:

Andrew is a polyglot who speaks English, French, Russian, Spanish, German and Dutch. His interests include mountain climbing, music and cooking.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
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Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
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The agency do not publish an individual agent client list. The following names represents the full client list for the agency: Konstantin Akinsha, Raja Alem, Tariq Ali, Carina Axelsson, Martine Bailey, Karen Ball, Antony Beevor, Frederic Beigbeder, Bi Feiyu, Mikkel Birkegaard, Kirsten Boie, Mikhail Bulgakov, Bernard Clavel, Jackie Collins, Peter Conradi, Ilse Crawford, Martin Cruz Smith, Sean Cummings, Katie Dale, Polina Dashkova, Keren David, Terence Daw, Peter De Rosa, Isaac Deutscher, Assia Djebar, Sir Richard Evans, Mackenzie Ford, Mick Fowler, Cornelia Funke, Alex Garland, Sara Grant, Vasily Grossman, Titania Hardie, James Harper, Hallgramur Helgason, Gustaw Herling, Duong Thu Huong, Jocelyn Hurndall, Andrew Jack, Sharon Jones, Joseph Kanon, Vilmos Kondor, Li Er, Colm Liddy, Jonathan Littell, Sergey Lukianenko, Antonia Michaelis, Marco Missiroli, Helen Moss, Michelle Newell, Shimon Peres, Hans Schmidt Petersen, Jan-Erik Pettersson, Franck Pontais, Nigel Quinlan, Irina Ratuskinskaya, Laurence Rees, Eric Reinhardt, Ellen Renner, Gerard Reve, William Rhode, Andy Robb, Michel Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Sjeng Scheijen, Erich Segal, Vidar Sundstol, Viktor Suvorov, Bahaa Taher, Franck Thilliez, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Elena Varvello, Pat Walsh, Peter Watson, Rachel Watson, Patricia Wentworth, Donald Westlake, Ulrich Wickert, Anne Willan, Jane Withers, Xu Zechen, Yu Hua, Micheal Zantovsky, Theodore Zeldin, Youssef Ziedan.
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Agents of: Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Agency details

About the agency:
House is largely a specialist in the sale of translation rights. Its clients are mostly publishers / agents looking to sell work overseas.
Address for submissions:
20-23 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8SS.
Office address:
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Email address:
Phone number:
0203 327 0400
Number of agents:
Accepts email submissions:
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
If you would like to submit your work to us, send us a short, 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters (double or 1.5 spaced) with a covering letter. If sending by post, you should include a stamped addressed envelope if you wish us to return your material. Always keep a back up of your work as we cannot be held responsible for your manuscript. If you have provided an SAE, we will aim to get back to you as promptly as possible, but please note that this can take up to three months as we receive a great many submissions. Alternatively you can email us at Due to the great volume of email submissions we receive, please note that we will only respond to those we are interested in pursuing further. If you have not heard from us after 3 months, please assume your submission has been unsuccessful. We regret we cannot enter into correspondence with you about your submission. Please note we can only accept files in .doc or pdf format up to 3mb in size, and prefer the synopsis and chapters to be sent together as a single document attachment. We do not represent children's picture books. We do not represent poetry. Nor do we represent scripts for film, TV, radio or theatre.
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Average response time:
13 days
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Overseas offices:
Yes: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Polanda, Hungary, Russia, China, Taiwan.
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More about the agency:
House is largely a specialist in the sale of translation rights. Its clients are mostly publishers / agents looking to sell work overseas.

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