Claire Paterson Conrad

Literary Agent

Claire Paterson Conrad began her publishing career at Chatto & Windus, went on to work for Granta and Canongate Books, then subsequently moved to New York, where she lived for five years and worked for the New York Review of Books. There she became Publisher of the NYRB Classics series, an imprint which republishes great and sometimes forgotten literature. Claire returned to the UK and joined Janklow & Nesbit UK Ltd, where she is a literary agent and a Director of the London office. She represents a wide range of subjects and authors, both fiction and non-fiction, literary and commercial.

On the non-fiction side, and at this moment in time, I’m particularly keen to represent more books about the natural world and our co-existence with it (whether that be popular science, biology, ecology or nature writing); books that celebrate women in science; books that help us understand the world and bring change; and creative nonfiction that blends genres. Books I’ve loved recently include Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, Wilding by Isabella Tree, The Lonely City by Olivia Laing, Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievitch and Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez.

On the fiction side, I read widely but naturally gravitate towards atmospheric, character-driven novels that are rooted to a strong sense of place and I’m just as happy hunkering down to Malorie Blackman, Maria Semple or Maggie O’Farrell as I am to Jenny Offill, Mohsin Hamid or Bernadine Evaristo. Recent favourite novels include: The Underground Railway by Colson Whitehead, Wolf Border by Sarah Hall, and The Overstory by Richard Powers.