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Profile Summary

Victoria spent the first seven years of her career at the Toby Eady agency, before coming to AM Heath in 1999. Her list is genuinely eclectic, comprising for example:

  • High-end literary novelists, such as Kamila Shamsie, shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize and the Orange Prize and selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013, or Barbara Trapido, a novelist shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize (Costa’s forerunner) no fewer than three times.
  • More broadly accessible work such as Maggie O’Farrell, the Costa-winning author of Instructions for a Heatwave, among other novels; or for another example, Tobias Hill, the versatile author of literary thrillers, or Lucie Whitehouse, author of highly successful psychological suspense.
  • A number of helmet-splitting historical novelists, led by the mighty Conn Iggulden but supported by, for example, Karen Maitland.
  • Intelligent, popular non-fiction, such as the prolific writer on all things literary, John Sutherland.

    Her comments for us in the detailed data below are also very revealing of her tastes – not least her comment that she ‘reads very widely’. (And Lee Child to Geoff Dyer? Yep, that’s wide.)

    Authors she cites as loving are:
  • Nancy Mitford, particularly the Pursuit of Love
  • Alice Munroe, the hugely respected writer of short stories
  • Lee Child, a recent discovery and whose backlist she has now demolished
  • In thrillers, Henry Porter and Tana French
  • Nevil Shute’s On The Beach was where she learned to weep through a novel.

    . . . but do read her comments below in full, as this potted summary doesn’t do them justice. Though busy with her existing clients, Victoria is genuinely open to taking on new, debut work. At present, she says, she’s particularly keen to see “sophisticated literary fiction, high-quality women’s fiction, all kinds of food writing, and narrative non-fiction that reads like the very best fiction – but I will always be excited by ambitious storytelling, in any genre”. And if a few helmets are split in the course of the telling? Well, what else are swords for?


Detailed data

Agency:
AM Heath and Co
Agent since:
1995
Short biography:

After 7 years at Toby Eady Associates, I joined A.M.Heath in 1999. In my time as an agent I have taken great delight in working with lighthouse obsessives, professional blackjack players, writers of historical adventure, novelists - both literary and commercial - biographers, academics and cooks. Among these there are Sunday Times Bestsellers and prize-winners. I am always looking for new voices and am particularly excited by new literary fiction.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, 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:

Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love (if ever I am ill enough to be in bed but not so ill that I cant face a book, this is the one I reach for). Alice Munroe - all and any. Early Coetzee, in particular In the Heart of the Country. Out of Sheer Rage, Geoff Dyer. Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido (and then you wont be able to just stop at one of hers so no further recommendations needed). Edward St Aubyn, particularly the last two in the Melrose series, Mothers Milk and At Last. I read very widely but even so have only recently come to appreciate the joy of Lee Child. I was given one of his novels by his publisher a year ago, devoured it, and have since ploughed my way cheerfully through his entire backlist and can't wait for more, and am outraged that Tom Cruise has nabbed himself the part. I love a good thriller. Henry Porter delivers just the right kind of clever thrill. Tana French, too. Nevil Shute's On the Beach was the first time I discovered the dubious pleasure of weeping my way to the end of a novel. Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca was another early discovery as I worked my way through the bookshelves at home (lots of Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie, Alastair Maclean, or Dickens and Trollope nothing in the middle, which made the discovery of contemporary literary fiction, many years later as a 16 year old, that much more exciting, The Life and Times of Michael K was a revelation). Born To Run by Chris McDougall. I loved this book. It legitimized my slightly out of control passion for running. Helen Simpson, all her stories, but if I had to choose just one collection it would be Hey Yeah Right Get a Life. I have bought many copies of this book, usually with a copy of Kate Figes, Life After Birth. There is no better care package for the first time mother, assuming they are capable of focusing on the page long enough to read. G B Edwards - The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is another quiet masterpiece which bears re-reading every few years.  Max Porter's Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Jenny Offill's Department of Speculation are two new favourites which I suspect I will still be talking about in 10 years. I could go on. And on.

Other loves & passions:


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

I struggle with fiction about musicians and actors. There is something about describing the magic they conjure up on stage which, more often than not, falls very flat on the page. 

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1339906/Debut-novel-writer-finds-his-place-in-history.html
Clients:
Clients a selection of: Barbara Trapido Bella Bathurst Camilla Long Conn Iggulden Georgina Harding John Sutherland Karen Maitland Kamila Shamsie Maggie O Farrell Sandra Newman Lucie Whitehouse Tobias Hill
Full client list:
http://www.amheath.com/about-us
Email address:
enquiries@amheath.com

Agents of: AM Heath and Co

Agency details

Website:
http://www.amheath.com/
About the agency:
Founded in 1919, A.M.Heath is one of the UKs leading literary agencies. We represent established contemporary authors, rising stars and some of the iconic writers of the 20th Century. Our focus is on working with authors to exploit the potential of their writing in as many arenas as possible. Our agents work closely together to ensure that we cover all areas of the business and each author benefits from the shared expertise of our tight-knit and supportive team. Between us we represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction; journalists, historians, biographers, experts and novelists across all genres, from crime to literary, historical to YA and childrens. We are also proud to represent several major literary estates, including the Orwell estate.
Address for submissions:
6 Warwick Court, Holborn, London WC1R 5DJ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
http://www.amheath.com/contact.php
Phone number:
0207 242 2811
Number of agents:
7
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We have all found exciting new talent through the unsolicited submissions and are keen to continue doing so. We want to hear from you and look forward to reading your work. We are no longer accepting paper submissions. Instead, we'd like you to submit online, by filling in the form that you can click to at the bottom of this page. The form will ask you for your contact details and for some information about your submission (for example, what genre it falls into, whether it's finished or a work in progress). It will then ask you to insert a covering letter (maximum 500 words) and a synopsis of the work (maximum 1,500 words). You can either type these directly into the form, or copy and paste them from elsewhere. And, finally, the form will ask you to upload a word file containing your submission (.doc or .docx - please do not upload a pdf).
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
4 days
Agency Transparency Index:
57/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@amheathltd
Latest news:
http://www.amheath.com/news.php
More about the agency:
Founded in 1919, A.M.Heath is one of the UKs leading literary agencies. We represent established contemporary authors, rising stars and some of the iconic writers of the 20th Century. Our focus is on working with authors to exploit the potential of their writing in as many arenas as possible. Our agents work closely together to ensure that we cover all areas of the business and each author benefits from the shared expertise of our tight-knit and supportive team. Between us we represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction; journalists, historians, biographers, experts and novelists across all genres, from crime to literary, historical to YA and childrens. We are also proud to represent several major literary estates, including the Orwell estate.

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