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David studied both film and English literature at UEA, before working in advertising (Saatchi) and television (Simply Money and Sirius, which he co-created.) He’s also been a freelance writer, journalist, ghost and author. He’s written bestselling ghosted work for publishers including Little, Brown, Penguin and HarperCollins and some popular history books such as How To Remove a Brain, a playful history of medicine.

Having had – via his writing – a longish association with Andrew Lownie, he finally came on board as an agent in 2013, with the aim of building the agency’s fiction list.

He’ll look at fiction across the board, but has a particular interest in the more boys-ey end of commercial fiction: crime, thrillers and old-fashioned adventure yarns. He says “vivid, dramatic stories” will always be of interest.

In a useful interview on our sister site (here), Haviland says, “I love stories that are dramatic and surprising, with intriguing and appealing characters, that try to address some kind of interesting, troubling question in the real world. I love crime novels and thrillers, but I find it frustrating when many of these books are purely mechanical and plot-driven, without any emotional or thematic tension.”

In the same interview, he urges authors to be suitably modest in their covering letters: claiming an affinity with established classic authors is something to be avoided unless you want to look like an idiot.

Authors he cites as being of particular interest include American playwright David Mamet, Scottish crime sensation Denise Mina, Michael Lewis the US non-fiction autho of Flash Boys and Liar’s Poker and (quirkily) Jerome K Jerome, the author of three men in a boat.

David does in theory maintain a personal website, though the site has been down the last couple of times we’ve sought to access it.



Detailed data

Agency:
Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
Agent since:
2012
Short biography:

David Haviland has been associated with the Andrew Lownie agency for a number of years in various capacities - not least as client, because David, as well as now being an agent, has been a writer, editor, and ghostwriter, with a number of bestselling books to his name. David has written a number of books of amusing trivia and popular science. The most recent, How To Remove A Brain (Summersdale, 2012), is a collection of fascinating stories and anecdotes concerning the history of medicine and health. This book was previously published by Penguin in the US as Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar. David intends to maintain his own writing career, while also building up a fiction list on behalf of the agency.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

I'm particularly interested in crime, thrillers, mysteries and adventure stories. That said, I'm looking for fiction in all genres, and vivid, dramatic stories will always get my attention. My favourite writers include David Mamet, Robert B. Parker, Denise Mina, Jerome K. Jerome, Magnus Mills and Michael Lewis.

Other loves & passions:

My personal interests include sports music and politics. Check out my twitter feed for more details.

How to make a submission:
No Data
Other advice and background:

I read all submissions, but if I'm not hooked I may not read very far, so I'm looking for stories that immediately grab the attention, with clarity, conflict and atmosphere. My preferred submission format is a plot synopsis and sample chapters. Do also note that although I write non-fiction, I only handle fiction. My colleague, Andrew Lownie, handles the agency's non-fiction list.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@davidhaviland
Interesting links:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/new-agent-alert-david-haviland-of-the-andrew-lownie-literary-agency
Clients:
The agency does not publish an individual agent client list. The following names represent the full agency client list: Officer A, Cameron Addicott, Dominic Adler, Richard J.Aldrich, Mary Alexander, Geoff Andrews, Jane Anson, Des Astor, Gurpareet Bains, Alan Baker, Chloe Banks, Juliet Barker, Lynne Barrett-Lee, Anna Barrington, Eleanor Baumgartner, Roger Beam, Martyn Beardsley, Doug Beattie, Guy Bellamy, Jonathan Bennett, Nicholas Best, Tony Bleetman, John R Bradley, David Bullock, Gerry Byrne, Warwick Cairns, Rory Callan, Nessa Carey, Bryan Cartledge, Joyce Cary, Malcolm Castle, Marina Chapman, Jessie Childs, Adrian Clark, Jeremy Clay, Coralie Colmez, Jonathan Conlin, David Cornell, David Craig, Deborah Crewe, Roger Crowley, Helen Croydon, Peter Daughtrey, Melanie Davies, James Davies, Warwick A. Davis, David Day, Tom Devine, Patrick Dillon, Emma Donnan, Stephen Dorril, Alicia Eaton, Joanna Eede, Nigel Randell Evans, Gavin Evans, Duncan Falconer, Dr Fame, Peter Forbes, Emily Franklyn, Bobby Friedman, Jon Frost, Joseph Fuhrmann, Laurence Gardner, Patrick Garrett, Marguerite Van Geldermalsen, Marcus Georgio, Jasper Gerard, Nadene Ghouri, Adrian Gilbert, Tony Giles, Cathy Glass, Philip Gomm, Timothy Good, Chloe Govan, Ian Graham, Jasper Griegson, Christian Guiltenane, Jeff Gulvin, Benedict Gummer, Emma Gunavardhana, Das Piu Gupta, James Hannam, Randall Hansen, Cassie Harte, John Hatcher, David Haviland, John Heale, Mary Hollingsworth, Kris Hollington, Nina Hollington, Trevor Homer, Roger Howard, Ross Husband, Robert Hutchinson, Kevin Ivison, Michael Jago, Lawrence James, Alice Jamieson, Christian Jennings, John Jobling, Bob Johnston, Paul Jones, Amelia Kallman, Anne Kazel-Wilcox, Casey Kelleher, Saul Kelly, Catherine Kerr-Phillips, Ian Knight, Angus Konstam, Annmarie Kostyk, Stewart Lansley, Jon Latimer, Frank Ledwidge, Carol Lee, Jimmy Lee Shreeve, Simon LeVay, Ian Littlewood, Christopher Lloyd, Emily Lloyd, Anthony Brettell Lodge, David Long, Sean Longden, Andrew Lownie, Teena Lyons, Ben MacFarlane, Emily Mackenzie, Tracy Mackness, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Sayed Mahmoody, Sinitta Malone, Chris Marinello, 'Rocky' Carl Mason, Jennifer May, Jeff Maynard, David McClure, Deborah McDonald, Neil McKenna, Sean McMeekin, Nick Meo, Paul Merrill, Ian Millthorpe, Darren Moore, Richard Mullen, Clare Mulley, James Munson, Tim Newark, Christine Nicholls, Mark Nicol, Celestria Noel, Lin Noueihed, Sonia Oatley, Adam Ockelford, Christian Oliver, Bijan Omrani, Susan Ottaway, Peter Padfield, Selwyn Parker, Mark Peel, Michael Perham, Victoria Peters, Helia Phoenix, Jamie Pike, Sam Pivnik, Tom Pocock, Nick Pope, Linda Porter, Katharine Quarmby, Nadine Quashie, Vicky Radtke, Sian Rees, Hannah Renier, Fransje Van Riel, Noreen Riols, David Roberts, Geoffrey Roberts, Dinah Roe, Carol Rowntree, Jo Sandelson, Celia Sandys, Leila Schneps, Michael Schuster, Dominic Selwood, Desmond Seward, Vikie Shanks, Sheridan Simove, Neil Simpson, Mike Sincere, Ross Slater, Gary Smailes, Gary Smith, Claudia Spahr, Tony Spawforth, David Stafford, Anthony Stancomb, Barbara Stcherbatcheff, Jules Stenson, Robert Stirling, Nicola Stow, Smita Talati, Daniel Tammet, Anthony Teasdale, Peter Thompson, Clifford Thurlow, Jimmy Junior Tippett, Louisa Treger, Peggy Trentini, Carol Trow, Mei Trow, Reg Twigg, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Louise Van der Velde, Robert Verkaik, Simon Vigar, Matt Walker, Shaun Walker, Alex Warren, Casey Watson, Adrian Weale, Romilly Weeks, Alan White, Douglas Wight, J P Wilcox, Russ Willey, Christian Wolmar, Rachel Woods, Karen Woods, Frances Woodsford, Jenny Woolf, John Worthen, Antony Wynn, Simon Young, Charlotte Zeepvat.
Full client list:
http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/author_book_list
Email address:
david.haviland@andrewlownie.co.uk

Agents of: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk
About the agency:
Every author is unique and what the Agency does for each person varies according to their needs but the service might include: suggesting book subjects; helping to shape proposals;- placing work with publishers and newspapers throughout the world; negotiating and checking contracts; monitoring the progress of a book through the publishing process: checking royalty statements and chasing monies. Do also check out Andrew's tips at http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/fifteen_tips
Address for submissions:
The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd, 36 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
Office address:
No data
Email address:
mail@andrewlownie.co.uk
Phone number:
0207 222 7574
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
The Agency is always looking to take on new authors and accepts submissions by email or post with a stamped addressed envelope. They should take the following form: 1 page mini-synopsis highlighting with bullet points what makes the book new and special; 1 page cv; 1 page with a few lines on the five most recent competing and comparable books giving author, title, publisher and date of publication together with a note on how the books relate to the author's own book; 1 page on sources used; 1 page on any specialist marketing outlets such as websites, organisations or magazines; 1 page synopsis per chapter; A sample chapter and, if appropriate, some photographs.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
65/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@andrewlownie
Latest news:
http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/news
More about the agency:
Every author is unique and what the Agency does for each person varies according to their needs but the service might include: suggesting book subjects; helping to shape proposals;- placing work with publishers and newspapers throughout the world; negotiating and checking contracts; monitoring the progress of a book through the publishing process: checking royalty statements and chasing monies. Do also check out Andrew's tips at http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/fifteen_tips

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