Rukhsana is building an eclectic nonfiction list and seeking strong voices in fiction. She has worked at award-winning publishers Saqi Books, Profile Books and Jacaranda. In 2012 she was awarded The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing and is a Bookseller Rising Star. She is a trustee of The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. She has a degree in physics and is looking for the best science writing.
In between agenting, she is bringing up two unruly teenagers and developing her own writing projects.
“My reading habits are eclectic – or so I’ve been told. I’ve published fiction, nonfiction, essays, life writing, poetry, current affairs, popular science, history”
Writers I like
Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Courttia Newland, Miéville
Genres I like
Popular history, lifestyle and wellbeing, experimental fiction, sci-fi, twisted and dark crime fiction
Writers I’ve worked with
Gabriel Gbadamosi, Irenosen Okojie, Gene Sharp, Reza Aslan, Fiston Manza Mujila, Rana Abdul Fatteh, Aslı Perker, Maggie Gee, Courttia Newland, Anthony Anaxagouru, Bina Shah, Gemma Weekes and China Miéville.”
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.