Gyamfia has a BA in Ancient History from the University of Exeter. She began her career in publishing working as a Bookseller at Waterstones, before joining Caskie Mushens as Literary Assistant to Juliet Mushens and Robert Caskie. She returned to the U.K. after living in Amsterdam for two years, where she managed international sales for The Pepin Press and held the role of Editor for Plural Magazine. She has been building her list at TGLA since early 2021, focusing primarily on commercial women’s fiction, genre fiction, cookbooks, cultural history and contemporary Children’s books.
Gyamfia believes that the books on our shelves should represent the streets that we walk down, and so is extremely passionate about finding new and diverse talent. Her favourite books include If I Don’t Have You by Sareeta Domingo, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières, Grown Ups by Marian Keyes, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz and Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch.
“I enjoy well-plotted, fast paced narratives with authentic and engaging characters who lodge themselves in my mind long after I’ve finished reading. Currently, I’m primarily focused on commercial women’s fiction and diverse romance novels that explore love in all its facets.”
Genres I like
Diverse romance, cookbooks, commercial women’s fiction, narrative non-fiction, popular history, upmarket suspense, psychological thrillers, contemporary middle-grade and YA.
Authors I like
Talia Hibbert, Tessa Bailey, Dean Atta, Andrea Levy, Casey McQuiston, Okechukwu Nzelu, Afua Hirsch, Ingrid Persaud, Poorna Bell, Jo Spain and Akwaeke Emezi.
Briony is TGLA’s Submissions Coordinator, acting as the initial reader for all submissions.
She studied BA English and Creative Writing at university, graduating in 2020.
In her spare time, she is a writer. Her work has been nominated for various competitions, including the Lucy Cavendish Prize and the Penguin WriteNow Programme. She is currently represented and working on her novel.
She aims to become a literary agent, focussing primarily on fantasy and historical fiction. Her favourite book is the Three Musketeers.
Arzu was Publishing Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and has over 25 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked at Bloomsbury, Vintage, Penguin Random House and Virago. She has published many bestselling writers including Khaled Hosseini, Malala Yousafzai, Tea Obreht, Maria Semple. At TGLA Arzu uses her considerable experience and expertise to work with authors on editing and developing their work before submitting to publishers.