Our agents are always looking for new authors to represent. To help give an idea of the types of books we are looking for, we have all compiled High Fidelity-style top five lists of our favourite books (excluding our own authors). In the first part of Madeleine Milburn Agency Team Top Fives, our agents pick their favourite literary fiction titles of the last few years:



  1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  5. Room by Emma Donoghue



  1. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  2. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  5. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman



  1. The Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
  2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  4. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  5. The Bees by Laline Paull


norwegian wood

  1. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  2. Any Human Heart, William Boyd
  3. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
  4. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Go-Between, LP Hartley