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Catherine Clarke initially worked at the Oxford University Press, rising to become the Publishing Director of its Trade Books (ie: non-academic, non-educational books) department. She joined Felicity Bryan in 2001 and, following a management buyout a few years ago, became both a co-owner of the agency and its Managing Director in 2010.

Like Felicity herself, Catherine represents a strong range of non-fiction authors, again with an emphasis on more serious topics. She also, however, runs a list of children's and young adult authors, and she's equally open to submissions on either wing of her list. (And, by the way, her list on the FBA website is usefully divided between adult and children's work, making it much easier to navigate.)

Her non-fiction authors include the economist and social thinker, Paul Seabright; the philospopher and public thinker, AC Grayling; Simon Blackburn, a writer of serious philosophy for lay-people; the BBC Europe Editor, Gavin Hewitt; the naturalist and conservationist, Sir John Lister-Kaye; Lucy Lethbridge, a journalist and historian of domestic topics; Jonathan Phillips, a historian of the crusades; James Barr, a historian of Lawrence of Arabia, amongst other topics; Carol Cooper, author of a number of books on pregnancy and parenting.

She also represents a limited amount of adult fiction, for example award winning author, Meg Rossoff.

On the children's side, she represents such authors as CJ Flood, Sally Gardner, David Almond, Sarah Courtauld, and many others.

In terms of advice to writers, she says -- apparently unaware of the wonder that is Agent Hunter -- "Be professional about researching literary agents and be clear about which agents represent the sort of book that you are writing." That sounds to us like an encouragement to writers to make the best possible use of Agent Hunter . . . so you've got one tick in the box just by being on this page.

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Felicity Bryan Associates
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Short biography:

Catherine Clarke was Publishing Director of the Trade Books Department at OUP for several years before she joined Felicity Bryan as an agent in 2001. She represents a broad range of writers of serious non-fiction, including biography, philosophy and history. She also represents a number of bestselling and prize-winning writers for children and young adults. She became Managing Director of Felicity Bryan Associates in 2010.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, History
Authors & books liked:

Kate Atkinson- When Will There Be Good News?

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How to make a submission:
Agency standard
Other advice and background:

Have a willingness to listen and respond to feedback positively.

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Interesting links:
Rachel Aspden, James Attlee, James Barr, Rosamund Bartlett, Erica Benner, Claire Bertschinger, Simon Blackburn, Susan Brigden, Elleke Boehmer, Carol Cooper, John Dickie, Jenny Downham, Catherine Fletcher, Peter Frankopan, Lawrence Freedman, Robert Gildea, A. C. Grayling, Barbara Graziosi, Gavin Hewitt, Vijay Joshi, Sir John Lister-Kaye, Laurie Maguire, James Mather, Karma Nabulsi, T. N. Ninan, Gemma O'Connor, Roger Pearson, Jonathan Phillips, Liza Picard, Rachel Polonsky, Diane Purkiss, Julian Richards, Meg Rosoff, Miri Rubin, Lauren St John, Paul Seabright, Julie Summers, Anna Whitelock, Tim Whitmarsh.
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Agents of: Felicity Bryan Associates

Agency details

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Address for submissions:
Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, 2a North Parade Avenue, Oxford OX2 6LX.
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Phone number:
01865 513816
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Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Fiction: Please write to us enclosing a synopsis and the first three or four consecutive chapters on loose A4 paper, one side only, with double or 1.5 line spacing. Please ensure that the pages are numbered. In the covering letter, tell us briefly about any previously published work and relevant details about yourself. Please include your email address and sufficient return postage if you would like us to return your manuscript, otherwise just a stamped addressed envelope for our response. Do make sure you keep a copy of all material submitted to us. Non-fiction: We suggest you include the following in your submission: A covering letter of ideally not more than one page, explaining who you are and why you are the best person to write the proposed book. An outline of 3-4 pages, on A4 paper, double-spaced, setting out clearly why the book is important and original, what research or experience you are basing it on, how it compares to any other books on the subject, and what you would cover in it. Children's books: We welcome novels for children of 8 and older, including Young Adult novels. We don't represent illustrators, or picture book writers. Please follow the same guidelines as for Fiction in submitting your work to us.
More info on this agency:
Founded in 1988 by Felicity Bryan, our agency represents a wide variety of distinguished authors writing adult non-fiction, fiction and children's literature. Based in Oxford, we see ourselves very much as an international agency selling rights in our authors' books throughout the world. We also work closely with a select number of film and TV agents. We pride ourselves in the personal attention we give to our clients and when The Society of Authors held a poll of how its members rated their agents we were voted number two.
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