Literary Agent

Emma Bal


What I'm Looking For

Non-fiction across the arts, humanities and sciences; narrative non-fiction; investigative journalism: cookery and food writing; travel and nature writing; memoir; illustrated projects.


What I'm Looking For

Thought-provoking non-fiction across the arts, humanities and sciences

I want to hear from academics and thinkers who work across a range of disciplines and feel passionately about sharing their ideas with the wider world. I particularly like big history and biography.


Narrative non-fiction and investigative journalism

I would like to find more writers and journalists following and documenting people, places, institutions and phenomena, to illuminate wider themes through quality storytelling.


Cookery and food writing

I love food and how it can be a gateway to culture, ideas, history and human connection. I would like to hear from cooks and writers with something exciting to say in this space.


Travel and nature writing

I grew up in the countryside and I’m fascinated by the natural world and the different relationships we have to our landscape. I also admire books that transport us to other geographies to tell rich and revealing stories.



Everyone has a story to tell but the ones I am most captivated by are very original, skilfully crafted and usually funny too.


Illustrated projects

I am a fan of visually led books that are curious, stimulating and of course beautiful.

Some favourite books

The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow

Free by Lea Ypi

Edible Economics by Ha-Joon Chang

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera

The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes

Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

Original Sins by Matt Rowland Hill

1599 by James Shapiro

Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell

The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit

Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flynn

The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessell

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

The Earth Transformed by Peter Frankopan

Humankind by Rutger Bregman

How the World Made the West by Josephine Quinn

Ultra-Processed People by Chris van Tulleken

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