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Sophie Lambert studied English and German, and is fluent in both languages. After a spell in New York at US mega-agency Janklow & Nesbit, she returned to London, working as a book buyer before joining Tibor Jones, a small agency, in 2009, then coming to Conville & Walsh in 2013.

Sophie's tastes cover the full range of adult fiction and non-fiction. Our assessment of her list suggests she has a preference for fiction over non-fiction, and for literary / book-club style fiction over out-and-out commercial work. She represents plenty of debut authors and has a good track record at helping them through to publication and onto prize shortlists.

She says she's looking for writers 'whose writing stands out in new and different ways.' That was certainly true of debut author Nathan Filer, whose smash-hit The Shock of the Fall won Costa Book of the year in 2013. She clearly has an interest in mental health topics, as she also represents A Map of Nowhere, a debut novel with a concern with mental health.

She also represents Kerry Young, whose Pao was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, Jo McMillan's Motherland, and a range of other similar -- literary, but accessible -- debut writers.

In non-fiction, she has an interest in somewhat left-leaning and internationalist social and political work (a book on women and power in India, Pink Sari Revolution; Guardian columnist, Zoe Williams's Why The Left is Right; City of Lies, a work on Tehran). She also represents work on a range of other contemporary topics, for example Shumon Busar and his techno-survey on The Extreme Present; Martin Sandbu's defence of the Euro (Europe's Orphan). But she also represents historical narrative (Selling Your Father's Bones) for example, so it would be wrong to pigeon-hole her non-fiction tastes as purely contemporary.



Detailed data

Agency:
C+W Agency
Agent since:
2009
Short biography:

Sophie Lambert grew up in London and studied English and German at Kings College, University of London and Aachen, Germany. She spent several years as a bookseller and buyer for Blackwells before moving to New York for three years and working for Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Sophie returned to London and freelanced before becoming the Foyles buyer for Selfridges. In 2009, she joined Tibor Jones as an Associate Agent and was named a director of the firm in 2011. She joined C&W in 2013.

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

Enjoys literary, commercial fiction and thought-provoking non-fiction.

Other loves & passions:

Her Twitter account represents her as a "Book lover. Loughborough Junction dweller. International Jewel thief." We think she's joking though - no one bookish lives at Loughborough Junction.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@AgentSophieL
Interesting links:
http://cwagency.co.uk/agent/sophie-lambert
Clients:
Lisa Ballantyne, Brock Bastian, Leo Benedictus, Josie Bevan, Michael Bhaskar, Megan Bradbury, Iain Broome, Dea Brovig, Tom Burgis, Tim Clare, Caroline Crampton, Fiona Cummins, Lara Dearman, Nathan Filer, Cal Flyn, Julia Forster, Nick Foster, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Karl Geary, Colin Grant, Guy Gunaratne, Karen Hamilton, Eileen Horne, Amana Fontanella Khan, Martin Latham, Katy Mahood, Shiv Malik, Jo McMillan, Rob Minto, Robert Muir-Wood, Nadia Murad, Ramita Navai, Hollie Newton, Marcus O'Dair, Jamie Quatro, Jenny Quintana, Ben Rawlence, Dan Rhodes, Sophy Roberts, Rhik Samadder, Martin Sandbu, David Savill, Srikumar Sen, Tali Sharot, Tim Spector, Nafissa Thomson-Spires, Christie Watson, Abbi Waxman, Adam Weymouth, Zoe Williams, Tod Wodicka
Full client list:
http://cwagency.co.uk/agent/sophie-lambert/clients
Email address:
sophie@cwagency.co.uk

Agents of: C+W Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.convilleandwalsh.com/
About the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.
Address for submissions:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom
Office address:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP
Email address:
Look at Website for agent email
Phone number:
44 20 7393 4200
Number of agents:
9
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
You should send your submission (in Word.doc format) via email directly to the agent you would like to consider your work following the guidelines below. Contact details are listed under our agent profiles. Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it. Please note, we no longer accept postal submissions. To read our individual profiles and wish lists, please take a look at the Staff page. Have a look here for more information: http://cwagency.co.uk/page/submissions
More info on this agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, C&W describes itself as "a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors." In 2013, C&W announced the sale of a 50% share in the agency to industry giant, Curtis Brown. Representatives of Curtis Brown will sit on the C&W board. Conville and Walsh will also move into CB's offices in London's Haymarket. Curtis Brown will make use of C&W's excellent agency services for speakers and the two companies will share various other operations. Nevertheless, C&W will retain its operating indepedence, so we continue to list the company separately on this site. C&W's write up of themselves continues thus: "We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing direct - in all media, markets and languages across the world. As a small group of agents, we have decades of experience in both literary and commercial publishing. We are proud of our reputation for the happy enduring relationships we have built up with our clients, and of our dynamic team of staff."
Average response time:
9 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CWAgencyUK
Latest news:
http://cwagency.co.uk/section/books/news
More about the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

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