Head of Books

Olivia Maidment


What I'm Looking For

Literary, upmarket, and book club fiction; contemporary fiction; select narrative non-fiction.


What I'm Looking For

I represent literary, upmarket, and book club fiction. I really admire writers who have a commitment to craft and style in their work, and I am drawn to books that utilize a strong hook or a unique voice to explore compelling themes. Above all, I want to see books that combine masterful writing, vivid characters, and emotional depth with well crafted plot.

I love literary fiction with an original insight and perspective that puts the peculiarity of life under an original microscope. I enjoy novels that explore identity, messy relationships, and complicated lives, or the inclusion of compelling social, cultural, historical, or political themes. I love global narratives,  family and multi-generational stories, and books with a cause told with a lot of heart. I am also keen to find sweeping novels that are epic in scale and scope, and fiction that uses individual stories to explore moments of wider societal change.

For upmarket and book club fiction, I’m looking for smart, voice-led contemporary fiction with a literary sensibility and wide appeal. I love discovering books with conversation-starting questions at the heart of them that get people talking, with characters, settings, and storytelling that you won’t forget.

I also love literary leaning fiction that blends with elements of genre, in particular novels with shades of the speculative, magical realist, or horror. For me, writing in this area needs to be grounded in the human stories at the heart of the novel, and I really enjoy books with big imaginations.

Please see below for a list of some of my favourite books.

Some of my favourite books

NW by Zadie Smith

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

Memorial by Bryan Washington

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Fleischman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

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