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.
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, 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
Narrative non-fiction, popular history, commercial fiction, romance, upmarket suspense, psychological thrillers, contemporary middle-grade and YA.
Authors I like
Dean Atta, Andrea Levy, Okechukwu Nzelu, Talia Hibbert, Afua Hirsch, Ingrid Persaud, Tessa Bailey, Poorna Bell, Jo Spain and Anthony Horowitz.
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.