Kemi is particularly drawn to distinctive voices in narrative non-fiction, compelling memoirs, true crime, pop science, motivational/self-help written by experts in their field; mission driven or unique stories that start conversations and have broad commercial appeal. She is also building a bespoke list of upmarket fiction and is particularly drawn to global stories, generational sagas, coming-of-age and YA.
“I’ve been obsessed with books since I was seven and even now I am still completely captured by my favourite form of escapism”.
Genres I Like
Narrative non-fiction including memoirs, true crime, pop science, motivational, self-help, mission driven or for fiction, family saga, coming of age, global stories, romantic comedy, commercial book-club fiction from fresh voices.
Authors I Like
Bernardine Evaristo, Malala Yousafzai, Elizabeth Gilbert, Yeonmi Park, Anthony Ray Hinton, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe, Kelly Yang, Tomi Adeyemi, Chibundu Onuzo, Jodi Picoult, Malorie Blackman and Dorothy Koomson.
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.