Agents:
Jenny Bent
John Bowers
Victoria Cappello
Gemma Cooper
Heather Flaherty
Louise Fury
Molly Ker Hawn
Sarah Manning
Beth Phelan
Brooks Sherman

To query Sarah, please review our
submissions guidelines
Then email  manningqueries@thebentagency.com

Please send me:

  • Commercial fiction
  • Women's fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Crime/thriller/mystery
  • Speculative fiction
  • Memoir
  • Pop Culture
  • Humour
  • Cookbooks

I'm not currently considering queries in the following genres:

  • Middle grade
  • Picture books
  • YA
  • Poetry
  • Self-help
  • Reference
  • Short stories

Sarah Manning

To query Sarah, please review our submissions guidelines
Then email manningqueries@thebentagency.com

Sarah Manning represents commercial and accessible literary adult fiction and nonfiction in the area of memoir, lifestyle and narrative nonfiction. She is based in the Bent Agency’s UK office.


I grew up in Essex and read History at Durham University, graduating with a first class honours degree. I then began my publishing career at the Orion Publishing Group in London, where I worked in nonfiction and fiction before going on to gain experience in script development for TV and film. I decided that as much as I loved the creative involvement of script development, I wanted to work specifically with books, and so I became assistant to prominent agent Juliet Mushens at the Agency Group, where I was then promoted to agent. I now live in London and am focusing on building the adult list at the Bent Agency in the UK.

My taste is varied and I’m looking for commercial and accessible literary adult fiction and nonfiction. I love stories that make me cry, that show the world through a different set of eyes, and that are high-concept or have unreliable narrators. I’m also interested in speculative fiction, those stories that have a slight magical or fantasy element to them – but nothing that feels too unrecognisable from our own world. I love the kind of nonfiction that reads like fiction, that inspires me and evokes emotion. I’m also looking for popular books that have a really strong concept and can spark new trends, whether in popular science, cookery or lifestyle.