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Robert Smith founded his agency in 1997, and is the current Managing Director. The agency specialises in non-fiction and primarily represents biographies and investigative writers. Robert has a special interest in Jack the Ripper and has also represented a string of books associated with high profile media crimes, including Ralph Bulger's 'My James', and 'Lee Rigby: A mother's story' (Lyn Rigby's account of her soldier son's murder in 2013).

The agency also have a strong list of celebrity memoirs and biographies, notably, Coronation Street actress Amanda Barrie (It's not a rehearsal). Broadcaster Charlotte Green (The News is Read), Christine Hamilton (For Better or Worse) and Theo Paphitas (Enter the Dragon). Outside of investigative reporting and biography, the agency dabbles in health and lifestyle. Example titles are the amazon best-seller, 'The High Fat Diet' by Zana Morris and health writer Helen Foster, and 'The Ice Diet' by Times columnist, Peta Bee.

Robert has a degree in English and a PGCE. Prior to becoming an agent, he held a number of senior publishing roles. In the 1980s he was Director of Ebury Press (part of the Random House group). From there, he went onto become Publishing Director of Sidgwick & Jackson Limited, before founding Smith Gryphon Publishers, which published best-sellers like 'The Diary of Jack the Ripper' and 'Diana In Private'. As far as we are aware Robert doesn't tweet and, outside of the agency website, has a relatively low online profile. We have not been able to source a profile photo or establish what kind of literary events he attends.

We believe Robert would be a good agent for mainstream non-fiction. He welcomes celebrity or media driven material and is interested in authors who are in a position to write an authorised biography. Investigative journalism into major news stories or historical events and narratives from people who have led unusual lives with 'extreme highs and lows' are also likely to catch his eye.

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Robert Smith Literary Agency
Agent since:
Short biography:

Robert Smith read English at Royal Holloway, University of London and qualified as a teacher of English and Drama at Worcester University. He worked for 20 years in major publishing companies, including Octopus Books, Ebury Press and Sidgwick & Jackson, for the latter two as publishing director, and, from 1990 to 1997, had his own successful publishing company, Smith Gryphon Ltd. He set up Robert Smith Literary Agency Ltd in 1997, which continues to specialise in representing biographies and investigative books.

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
Authors & books liked:

He has published many bestsellers, including the No. 1 bestselling book of the 1980s, 'The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook' by Ann Barr and Peter York and the No. 1 bestseller, 'Diana In Private' by Lady Colin Campbell.

Other loves & passions:

Interested in conservation, theatre, local history, collecting antiques and antiquarian books.

How to make a submission:
12 Bridge Wharf, 156 Caledonian Road, London N1 9UU
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This list represents the full agency client list: Arthur Aldridge, Sarbjit Kaur Athwal, Richard Anthony Baker, Juliet Barnes, Amanda Barrie, John Baxter, William Beadle, Peta Bee, Paul Begg, John Bennett, Kevin Booth, Ralph Bulger, James Carnac, Gary Chapman, John Clarke, Robert Clarke, Carol Clerk, Martyn Compton, Michelle Compton, Judy Cook, Les Cummings, Clive Driscoll, Rosie Dunn, Georgie Edwards, Russell Edwards, Stewart P. Evans, Martin Fido, Freddie Foreman, Helen Foster, Becci Fox, Astrid Franse, Alison Goldie, Charlotte Green, Christopher Green, Allan Grice, Christine Hamilton, Andrew Hansford, James Haspiel, Chris Hutchins, Rosalinda Hutton, Albert Jack, Naomi Jacobs, Muriel Jakubait, Nikola James, Sarah Jones, Christine Keeler, Siobhan Kennedy-McGuinness, Heidi Kingstone, Professor Brian Kirby, Tim Kirby PhD, Ronnie Knight, John Knight, Reg Kray, Roberta Kray, Tony Lambrianou, Carol Ann Lee, John Lee, Angela Levin, Chris Lightbown, Seth Linder, David R. L. Litchfield, Jean MacColl, Gretel Mahoney, Maurice Mayne, Lenny McLean, Ann Ming MBE, Paddy Monaghan, James Moore, Michelle Morgan, Caroline Morris, Zana Morris, Rochelle Morton, Alan Moss, Bobbie Neate, Paul Nero, Kim Noble, Laurie O'Leary, Theo Paphitas, Gordon Rayner, Mike Reid, Frances Reilly, Lyn Rigby, Mark Ryan, Nathan Shapow, Alexander Sinclair, Keith Skinner, David Slattery-Christy, Len Smith, Rita Smith, Allan Starkie, Jayne Sterne, Cameron Stewart, Neil R. Storey, Claudia Strachan, Bob Taylor, Christopher Warwick, Natalie Welsh, Wynne Weston-Davies, Peter Wilton, Robert Winnett, Joanne Zorian-Lynn.
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Agents of: Robert Smith Literary Agency

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About the agency:
Founded 1997. Specialises in representing biographies and investigative books.
Address for submissions:
12 Bridge Wharf, 156 Caledonian Road, London N1 9UU
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Email address:
Phone number:
020 7278 2444
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
No unsolicited MSS. No reading fee. Will suggest revision. The agency does not represent screenwriters, but rather sells rights for books to film and television industries.
More info on this agency:
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Average response time:
8 days
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More about the agency:
Founded 1997. Specialises in representing biographies and investigative books.

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