Abi joined TGLA in March 2019 specifically to look for commercial as well as Children's and Young Adult books. She works across both fiction and non-fiction.
Before joining TGLA, Abi worked as a literary scout at Rosalind Ramsay Ltd for seven years. She has incredibly broad experience in the industry having been a literary agent at Georgina Capel Associates prior to becoming a scout and having also worked as a bookseller at Blackwell’s and on the sales team at Faber and Faber.
Abi has a BA in English Literature from Bristol University and an MA in English Literature: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London.
More about Abi and what she loves to read
"Tove Jansson and her Moomins were my first literary loves, followed swiftly by the Brontes (I grew up in Yorkshire) and then headlong into Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Rhys as a precocious teen. Whilst at university I balanced out the restrictions of reading ‘the canon’ with devouring Japanese fiction and emerging voices like Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. My masters degree took me into a love of graphic novels and experimental fiction.
Whilst I still love a literary novel these days I am as likely to be found reading anthologies, essays, short stories, a commercial novel or a really slick thriller. Historical novels appeal too when they bring something fresh.
I’m looking for books with energy, conviction and which are saying something new or giving a different perspective on a familiar story. I’m always excited to find a story that I haven’t read before, in any genre. Anything that breaks out of formulas or subverts the reader’s expectations.
Outside of being an agent I also volunteer as a governor for five London primary schools, with particular involvement in the schools literacy programmes and their work with children who have special educational needs and disabilities. I would love to see the same diversity and inclusion within children’s literature as I see in these school and am actively looking for writers working in this area.
On the rare occasions that I’m not reading or escaping to the woods with my family, I like to rest my eyes in art galleries or at the theatre or cinema. I’d also really like to learn how to do a handstand so I practise going upside down as often as I have the energy to."