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Kate Evans

Literary Agent

Kate Evans is an agent representing books and journalism.

She studied English Literature and Journalism in Australia and New York and worked variously in music, magazines, and literary festivals before beginning her publishing career at Hachette Australia in 2012. She has been at PFD since 2014.

What I'm looking for...

I am actively looking for exciting new voices across both fiction and non-fiction.

I’m interested in non-fiction that says something about the way we live- from beautiful narrative non-fiction with a strong voice to passionate manifestos from experts in their fields. Whether it’s popular science, big ideas, nature writing, memoir, fresh approaches to history or insightful takes on pop culture, I am drawn to writing that makes social, political, and economic issues accessible and engaging.

Whatever the topic, I love to see ambitious and unconventional approaches to non-fiction. That could be history with a literary/ narrative bent or science writing that merges with the philosophical. I’m as likely to be drawn to a major reporting project (Matthew Desmond’s Evicted or Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner) as I am to a genuinely useful personal development book (I’ve now given away three copies of Attached). I love memoir and am open to extraordinary writing or extraordinary personal experiences (The Rules Do Not Apply is an all time favourite but I also bring up Andre Agassi’s OPEN more than is really acceptable). I would also love to further expand my cookery and food writing list, I hoard cookbooks and never tire of good narrative cookery.

I read very widely in fiction but the common thread that runs through most novels I love is a sharply observed take on relationships and strong characters I’ll think about long after I’ve left them on the page. I want a book I can gleefully, greedily consume- that kind of crying in public, ignoring your friends level compulsiveness… but I also want it to be beautifully put together. To steal from Donna Tartt, who explains this better than I ever could, I’m eternally looking for a balance of “density and speed”. I enjoy the very literary and the page-turner in equal measure. If it’s set in a cult, an atmospheric college, an all consuming sub-culture, or a group of old friends with simmering tensions, it’s probably of interest to me. I love a sense of time and place, whether that’s a historical setting or just a vividly realised present.

I would love to see more literary suspense, a funny-sad family drama, something smart about male friendship, and I am forever on the lookout for a great love story.

I am largely genre-agnostic and if you’re using genre (crime, fantasy, speculative) in an interesting way underpinned by exceptional writing I’d love to see it. Having said this, I’m probably not the best agent for hard SFF or YA. Some writers I love (in addition to all of my own): Claire Lombardo, Tess Gunty, Meg Wolitzer, Rachel Cusk, Sloane Crosley, Lauren Groff, Tana French, Helen Fielding, Emily Rapp Black, Mhairi McFarlane, Gabrielle Zevin.

Kate Evans @kateeevans

There is still time to submit your entry to the 2023 Lucy Cavendish #FictionPrize: https://www.lucy.cam.ac.uk/fictionprize 📖🖋️ @PFDAgents
Our incredible panel of judges, chaired by #Award-winning #Author Dame Rose Tremain, is looking forward to reading your work.
Read the thread to meet them⬇️

Happy publication day to dream author/ cook/ woman @breaudreygraham TABLE FOR TWO is a ray of sunshine and full of beautiful, delicious things.

You should probably buy one for yourself, one for your mum and one for your best friend (right now).
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Table-Two-Recipes-Ones-Love/dp/024159328X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=5LTBDH7P0EGV&keywords=bre+graham+table+for+two&qid=1674136707&s=books&sprefix=bre+graham+table+for+two%2Cstripbooks%2C55&sr=1-1

New year, new newsletter. If you want to read about language & mothering (sometimes other stuff), I am at Motherlingual. I've written a couple of things, one on Bad Sisters & "testicle" in Flemish & today: letting go of holiday traditions & pierogi!
https://malwinagudowska.substack.com/p/where-language-culture-food-and-mothering?sd=pf

Thank you to all of the publicists who have got 2023 titles in front of me already. So much to look forward to! If you’re working on something LGBTQ+, fiction or non-fiction, feel free to get in touch - books@queerlyradio.com #lgbtbooks #lgbtqbooks

I thought this book was alarming and brilliant. If you want to become (even more) deeply cynical about every statistic that comes out of a politician's (or journalist's or academic's) mouth, I recommend reading it immediately. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/14/bad-data-by-georgina-sturge-review-figures-of-derision

BAD DATA from @GRSturge is @guardian book of the day 🍾 Let this be your timely reminder that it's the perfect gift for anyone (everyone) in your life who suspects the govt doesn't always make sense. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/14/bad-data-by-georgina-sturge-review-figures-of-derision?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Out today @thebookseller, my non-fiction Editor's Choices for March 2023 are books by Ghaith Abdul Ahad @RomaTheEngineer @_F_B_G_ @rifish Katherine May @AasmahMir @jonsnowC4 @glosswitch @RSmythFreelance & @saradwheeler

Honoured to have been on the @bunker_pod talking to @sturdyAlex about bad data and the consequences for public policy.

Recommend this podcast in general for insightful content on current affairs. Listen now for free! https://twitter.com/bunker_pod/status/1600054941090840576

I wrote about the benefits of rediscovering the sublime https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20221205-the-upsides-of-feeling-small

“I was surprised to find that in some important areas there just isn’t the kind of hard data you would expect.”

@GRSturge, a statistician in the House of Commons Library, discusses how flawed figures are shaping politics and her new book Bad Data. https://www.newstatesman.com/encounter/2022/11/georgina-sturge-interview-house-of-commons?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1669309722

An amazing lineup and an important event… go go go

'ONE CAME BACK is beautifully written, gorgeously tense & delves into loss, memory, mental health, grief & obsession in a brilliant way' a.k.a I'm overjoyed that I get to work with @rose_mcdonagh (& @kateeevans) on these stunning books - my 1st acquisition for @TrapezeBooks 🥺✨ https://twitter.com/TrapezeBooks/status/1594696750413262848

As obsessed with this book as I was when I first read and immediately re-read its haunting opening pages. Can't wait for @Serena_Arthur to introduce Rose to readers everywhere.

Busy day but yes I was on @BBCRadio2 earlier talking about BAD DATA - talked PPE, immigration, farming... cobras 🐍 Cobra farming: a thing which may or may not have happened!

All of which feature in my new book Bad Data - out now! 📗 https://twitter.com/hollharl/status/1592527789143400449

The idea that unauthorised “Albanian males” (is that a new human species?) coming to the UK can “easily” get a visa is a joke. I’ve been in the UK 14 years & my brother has never visited, not once. He doesn’t know where I live, he has never seen my kids school. Why? 1/5

Not over how jaw-droppingly good this was, the writing so incredibly beautiful. It's going to be huge https://twitter.com/Laurenrbrown95/status/1588944065311444992

Happy publication eve, @GRSturge, and your lovely orange bestseller flag for BAD DATA! 🧡 Step aside, Malcolm! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Data-Governments-Politicians-Numbers/dp/0349128618/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Absolutely LOSING IT over this gorgeous cover for @Rose_Wldng’s brilliant, claws-out thriller. All of them wanted him dead…one of them made it happen. Preorder now to find out!! http://tinyurl.com/y4rnr6z2