Sarah Hornsley Taking Submissions

Sarah Hornsley

Sarah Hornsley

Literary Agent

Sarah is a Literary Agent, actively building a list of adult fiction. She was named a Rising Star in The Bookseller in 2019 and joined Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in 2021.

After graduating from Durham University with a First Class Honours in History, Sarah worked at a publishing house followed by a short stint in script development before becoming a Literary Agent in 2015. She has since built a list of commercial bestsellers and award-winners including Anstey Harris whose debut The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and went on to win the Sapere Popular Fiction Award at the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Russ Thomas whose original crime novel Firewatching was a number 1 Times-bestseller and Phillipa East whose twisty suspense Little White Lies was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

What I'm looking for...

She is actively looking for commercial and book club fiction – character-driven book club fiction with a strong discussion point, original and unputdownable crime and thrillers, complex relatable female characters, a sweeping love story or hooky modern romcom and historical novels placing women at the forefront. Whilst she is looking for commercial novels with a strong concept, she also loves upmarket books which have characters so real they stay with her forever and is always on the lookout for fiction which is shining a light on our society in some way.

Sarah is looking for new clients across all genres. If you’ve written a book with fantastic characters and a well-paced plot, then she may well be the agent for you!