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Patrick Walsh co-founded Conville and Walsh in 2000, after learning his trade at Christopher Little (the firm that then represented JK Rowling). In 2016, Patric decided to go solo, setting up a new agency, PEW Literary. 

Patrick has a keen interest in non-fiction, where his interests are broad and eclectic. He has a taste for:

  • the transgressive, representing drug dealer Howard Marks and society prostitute Belle de Jour, both of whom wrote massive-selling memoirs.
  • The political and feisty, for example American hedge fund manager and anti-Putin campaigner, Bill Browder.
  • Science, especially where that involves the natural world, animals or conservation. Thus Patrick represents Sarah Ellis, the animal behaviourist; Joshua Foer, a specialist on memory; Louise Gray, an environment correspondent who spent a year eating only animals she had killed herself; and Michael Hanlon, author of a number of Big Theme popular science books; Elaine Fox’s books on neurophysiology.
  • Anything else to do with the natural world, such as Kate Rew’s books on Wild Swimming
  • Hard-to-categorise non-fiction, such as Polly Morland’s book on how to be brave; Sanjay Basu’s book on the links between health and the economy; or Emma Griffin on the history of recreation.
  • Art, such as the books by Laura Cumming, the Observer art critic.
  • History books, including military history, the design history, ancient history and much else.

In fiction, Patrick represents out and out thriller writers, such as Howard Cunnell (whose diving theme ties in with Patrick’s own interest in the natural world) as well as thrillers with a splash of fantasy (Nick Harkaway). On the more literary end, Patrick represents writers like Paul Kingsnorth, a literary writer also with an interest in nature and Luke Jennings, who wrote the Booker-nominated Atlantic.



Detailed data

Agency:
PEW Literary
Agent since:
1988
Short biography:

Born and brought up in Venezuela, Patrick Walsh studied law at Cambridge University and entered publishing through a junior position at Watson Little. He then moved to the Christopher Little Agency and built up his own client list at the same time as that agency expanded exponentially with the JK Rowling phenomenon. In 2000, he then left to co-found Conville & Walsh Ltd and quickly made a name for himself by establishing a list of bestselling and award-winning authors.

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

His non-fiction list of clients includes scientists, historians, biographers and leading writers on an extensive range of subjects that reflect his diverse interests, from physics to fatherhood; clouds to computer hacking; and Romans to the Renaissance. Authors range from scientists such as Professor Jim-al Khalili and Simon Singh to historians such as Helen Castor and Tom Holland. Recently published memoirs include Benjamin Mee's WE BOUGHT A ZOO, which has just been filmed by Cameron Crowe, and Dame Daphne Sheldrick's AN AFRICAN LOVE STORY. Walsh also represents a wide variety of novelists, ranging from Nick Harkaway to debut literary novels such as Howard Cunnell's THE SEA ON FIRE appearing from Picador in 2012 and Saira Shah's THE MOUSE-PROOF KITCHEN from Harvill Secker in 2013 along with crime and thrillers by Howard Marks and Adam Creed.

Other loves & passions:

Patrick has a life-long interest in conservation.

How to make a submission:
While we accept submissions by both post and email, we prefer to read on paper. If submitting by post, send your work to us at: Submissions PEW Literary 46 Lexington Street London W1F 0LP Please do not send a stamped addressed envelope. Once we have read your work, we will recycle it. Please do include, however, an email address so that we can respond to you directly. If you would prefer to submit by email, send your work to submissions@pewliterary.com . Your submission should be in Word or PDF format and 1.5 or double-spaced. Accompany your submission with a cover letter that tells us a little about you as a writer. The guidelines for non-fiction and fiction submissions are different, so please read the relevant section and submit accordingly. We aim to respond to all submissions within six weeks.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@pew_literary
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/patrick-walsh-founds-own-literary-agency-333531
Clients:
Naoko Abe, Roma Agrawal, Simon Akam, Jim Al-Khalili, Steven Appleby, Will Ashon, William Atkins, David Bodanis, John Bradshaw, Michael Brooks, Bill Browder, Helen Castor, Alanna Collen, Michael Cordy, Rachel Crowther, Laura Cumming, Howard Cunnell, Gabrielle Djanogly, Kevin Dutton, David Eimer, Sarah Ellis, Caroline Elton, Pedro Ferreira, Paul Fischer, Elaine Fox, Martin Goodman, Dave Goulson, Hester Grant, Louise Gray, Nick Harkaway, Christopher Hart, Sandra Hempel, James Holland, Tom Holland, Ed Hollis, Carl Honoré, Rowan Hooper, Luke Jennings, Frances Larson, Johnjoe McFadden, Wendy Moore, Polly Morland, Thomas Morris, Peter Nichols, Judith O'Reilly, Alex Perry, Aarathi Prasad, Neil Price, Callum Roberts, Michael Scott, David Shrigley, Simon Singh, Rick Stroud, James Thornton, Aidan Truhen, Gaia Vince, Tony White, Richard Wiseman, Andrea Wulf
Full client list:
http://www.pewliterary.com/authors/
Email address:
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Agents of: PEW Literary

Agency details

Website:
http://www.pewliterary.com/
About the agency:
No data
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
PEW Literary Agency Limited, 46 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LP
Email address:
assistant@pewliterary.com
Phone number:
+44 020 7734 4464
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
While we accept submissions by both post and email, we prefer to read on paper. If submitting by post, send your work to us at: Submissions PEW Literary 46 Lexington Street London W1F 0LP Please do not send a stamped addressed envelope. Once we have read your work, we will recycle it. Please do include, however, an email address so that we can respond to you directly. If you would prefer to submit by email, send your work to submissions@pewliterary.com . Your submission should be in Word or PDF format and 1.5 or double-spaced. Accompany your submission with a cover letter that tells us a little about you as a writer. The guidelines for non-fiction and fiction submissions are different, so please read the relevant section and submit accordingly. We aim to respond to all submissions within six weeks.
More info on this agency:
Established 2016
Average response time:
0 days
Agency Transparency Index:
39/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@pew_literary
Latest news:
http://www.pewliterary.com/news/
More about the agency:
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