Molly Ker Hawn
Nicola Barr represents literary and commercial fiction for adults and children, and nonfiction in the areas of sports, popular science, popular culture, and social and cultural history.
I’ve worked as an editor (at Flamingo, the literary imprint of HarperCollins), a foreign-rights agent at The Susijn Agency, and a book reviewer for the Guardian and the Observer.
I studied English Literature at Glasgow University, then spent my twenties as an editor on a literary list working with Nicola Barker, Fay Weldon, Doris Lessing, Douglas Coupland, Patrick Gale, and literary fiction is still my dearest passion. But in recent years my taste has widened and I adore well-told commercial fiction, whether it be historical worlds my own Katherine Webb creates, dark twisted clever contemporary psychological thrillers or the modern-day police procedural in either rainy Manchester or exotic lands. I love crime fiction – love the tropes of the genre and the way it can be subverted. Good stories, absorbing stories, told in a way that surprises me – that’s what I’ll fight any agent over. Your novel can be quirky, intimate, sweeping, local, international, as long as it convinces me I’m in. Also, I’m Northern Irish so mention Ireland and you’ll go to the top of my reading pile.