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Felicity was a journalist at the FT and Economist, where she worked in the US and developed a particular interest in its politics and culture. Returning to the UK, she was lured over to agenting at Curtis Brown, one of the industry's big beasts. She stayed there for 15 years, then set up on her own in 1988. Her agency is based in Oxford and was perhaps the first of the out-of-town agencies to establish itself as a top tier agency.

As you might imagine given the city she's based in, Felicity's list is notable for intelligent, non-fiction, written often by senior academics, and covering the full spectrum of subject matter -- albeit generally more serious than pop culture. She represents, for example, the estate of Sir Francis Crick, of DNA double-helix fame. She represents also the historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley; the broadcaster and doctor Miriam Stoppard; Karen Armstrong, whose "A History of God" sold into more than 30 foreign territories; Roy Strong, the museum curator and writer on gardens and design. It was also she who set Edmund de Waal on the road to success with his Hare with the Amber Eyes. She also represents the science author, Matt Ridley, and the cook (not then a TV celebrity), Mary Berry.

She does also represent some fiction, though this isn't a leading interest of hers. It was she who first encouraged Rosamund Pilcher to write longer fiction (the connection initially arising from their shared background as journalists.)

Overall, Felicity would be a natural agent to approach with serious non-fiction, especially if it meshes with one of her known interests. She probably isn't the right person to come to with debut fiction, unless you have a particular point of connection with her.

One remarkable little fact: while studying the history of art in London, her tutor was art historian, spy and traitor, Anthony Blunt. ("I liked him" is her comment.) She's written three books, on gardening and on interior design.

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Felicity Bryan Associates
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Short biography:

Felicity Bryan worked as a journalist with the Financial Times and the Economist before joining Curtis Brown where she trained as an agent and became a director. In 1988 she left to start her own agency. She is based in Oxford.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Food and Cookery, History, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
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Other loves & passions:

Ballet, Opera, Supporter of Bi-Polar Disorder charitable foundation, Gardening, Cooking

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

She would never discourage anyone from submitting via the slushpile and says that every single submission does get looked at.

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Interesting links:
Carlos Acosta, Karen Armstrong, Frances Ashcroft, Halima Bashir, John Batchelor, Mary Berry, Tim Birkhead, Ian Blair, John Bowker, Christopher Brickell, Robin Briggs, Archie Brown, Ursula Buchan, Michael Buerk, Jim Pablo Cardenal, Heriberto Araujo, Humphrey Carpenter, Sarah Challis, John Charmley, Marcus Chown, Artemis Cooper, Francis Crick, Robertson Davies, Isla Dewar, Christopher Duggan, Jonathan Glover, Robin Griffiths-Jones, James Hamilton, Nicolas Harberd, Peter Heather, Penelope Hobhouse, Belinda Jack, Colin Jones, Terence Kealey, James Kynge, Stephen Law, Michael Leapman, Damien Lewis, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Aidan MacFarlane, Fiona Maddocks, John Man, Ann McPherson, Martin Meredith, James Naughtie, John Julius Norwich, Mirabel Osler, Elizabeth Palmer, Iain Pears, Zoya Phan, Rosamunde Pilcher, David Pilling, Matt Ridley, Eugene Rogan, Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Philip Stephens, Miriam Stoppard, Roy Strong, Katherine Swift, Roma Tearne, Angela Thirlwell, Adrian Tinniswood, Colin Tudge, Rosemary Verey, Edmund De Waal, Hugh Wilford, Lucy Wooding, Lucy Worsley, Lucy Young.
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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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