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Imogen Morrell

Imogen Morrell

Literary Agent

I joined Greene & Heaton in 2018. Before joining the agency, I studied for a BA in English Literature at KCL and a MSt in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oxford. As well as handling the agency’s contracts, I’m actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction authors.

In non-fiction, I’m looking for proposals about history, culture, food, art, nature, the environment, politics, identity, usually with a strong narrative or personal element.

In fiction, I’m looking for literary/upmarket fiction, historical fiction and fresh takes on genre writing (be it a thriller, horror, crime, or speculative novel). I love books that centre an edgy or surprising voice, are totally immersive or richly plotted, and socially or politically engaged. I’m always drawn to queer stories, set now and in the past, so please do send them my way.

Imogen's Manuscript Wishlist

I'm currently on the look-out for novels that play with genre writing or span different genres, perhaps using the twist of a suspense, the slow dread of a horror, the thrill of a mystery. I always want to read historical fiction centring stories that aren't represented in book publishing enough. I love a literary novel or short story brought to life by an off-beat voice, whatever the time period or place (from BRIEFLY, A DELICIOUS LIFE by Nell Stevens to THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED by Mariana Enriquez). Queer joy and romance are always welcome!

Some favourites: MILK FED by Melissa Broder, SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid, FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters, PAUL TAKES THE FORM OF A MORTAL GIRL by Andrea Lawlor, HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead, MATRIX by Lauren Groff, VAGABONDS! by Eloghosa Osunde, LOVE AFTER LOVE by Ingrid Persaud, DETRANSITION, BABY by Torrey Peters, LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB by Malinda Lo, FIRE RUSH by Jacqueline Crooks, DREAMLAND by Rosa Rankin-Gee, PLAIN BAD HEROINES by Emily M Danforth.

On the non-fiction side of things, I represent academics, journalists and essayists who are writing books about a huge range of subjects e.g. heat, love, the future, bothies, AI... I’m interested in books that bring people, culture, places and time periods to life in surprising ways. I don’t shy away from memoir or narrative-led writing in this department, or an investigative angle.

I’m currently particularly looking for histories of all stripes (cultural histories, object histories, revisionist histories) that explode the way we think about a space or time. I also love non-fiction that uses real-life, seemingly smaller stories to welcome us into big topics, and books that have a beating political heart.

My favourites include DOPPELGANGER by Naomi Klein, FREE by Leah Ypi, AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY by Dipo Faloyin, SUPER-INFINITE by Katherine Rundell, TAKEAWAY by Angela Hui, SILK by Aarathi Prasad, SAVING TIME by Jenny Odell, IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado, ISLANDS OF ABANDONMENT by Cal Flyn, ENTANGLED LIFE by Merlin Sherdlake, UNCANNY VALLEY by Anna Wiener, and SEA STATE by Tabitha Lasley.

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