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Gordon
Wise

My tastes and expertise in non-fiction embraces history, biography and memoir, entertainment and the world of ideas. In the worlds of fiction, I focus on two strands: literary writers whose storytelling crosses over to reach beyond just the ‘literary’ reader; and both new and established terrific writers who happen to write crime.

I am actively looking for new fiction and non-fiction projects. See below for more information about what I am looking for. For submissions, please send your work and a covering letter to wiseofficesubmissions@curtisbrown.co.uk. I have a reputation as a trusted collaborator, a developer of original ideas, an agent with an eye for reinvention and brand management, and a gift for editor-writer matchmaking.

I joined Curtis Brown in 2005, but began working in the book industry in 1989 as a bookseller when I was a student. In between I was for nearly fifteen years an editor and, later, publishing director, at companies including Pan Macmillan and John Murray/Hachette. On the industry side of things, I’ve been Agent of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards, President of the Association of Authors' Agents, and featured in the Bookseller magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the publishing trade. A Guardian interview, 'How do I become a ... literary agent', explains the way in which I approach my work.

The catalogues on my profile page feature clients whose work represents the range of my current activities.

I am assisted by Niall Harman.

What I’m looking for

In fiction, I want to read work by writers who can create characters with whom the reader can identify and champion, who move me, and whom I trust when they take me somewhere I wasn’t expecting to go. I’m looking for authors who write intelligently but who understand that the labels of genre aren’t a bad thing, be they writers of story-led literary fiction or crime and thrillers. I’m particularly keen to find clever crime and thriller writing that is about people as well as plots.

In non-fiction, I want to represent biography that inspires, history that tells a story, memoir that entertains, or the kind of pop culture, humour and entertainment projects that people know that they’re looking for the minute they see them and that really deserve to be books.