Founded in 2009, the Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd, has gone on to become one of the UK’s foremost independent literary agencies.
At present, there are two agents working actively at the agency, with plans to expand in due course: the founder Kate Nash who is in Oxford, and junior literary agent Lina Langlee, based in Edinburgh. Justin Nash is our business and finance manager who handles the day to day running of the agency.
Kate Nash, Literary Agent
As a former author, publisher, publicist and marketer, Kate has seen every side of publishing and set up her own literary agency so she could do “the best job in publishing”. Kate’s reading tastes – from romance to thrillers – are highly commercial.
Kate has a degree in History (BA Hons.) from the University of York and later garnered two undergraduate modules in Creative Writing and Literature from the Open University (both with Distinction!). She also holds a postgraduate certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Kate enjoys travel, wine, the theatre and fine art. She is also a trustee of the Catholic Truth Society (CTS), a 150-year-old charity who are the UK publishers to the Holy See.
Kate Nash is listed at #20 in UK Fiction by Publishers Marketplace, based on number of deals made (Feb 2017). Kate was named a The Bookseller Rising Star in 2018.
Lina Langlee, Junior Literary Agent
Lina is originally from Sweden but moved to Scotland in 2008 to study. After graduating with a First from University of Glasgow and an MLitt (Distinction) in Publishing Studies from Stirling University, she went on to work in publishing, notably in the rights department at Canongate, and publicity at Black & White. .
Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, literary fiction, speculative or conceptual books that turn the genre on the head while remaining very readable, crime fiction with a difference, and any genre of Young Adult fiction or Middle Grade. She has a special interest in Scottish writing and anything with a Scandinavian angle.
When Lina isn’t reading, she enjoys live music, wine, being outdoors, and cooking. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two cats, Björn and Benny.
Justin Nash, Business & Finance Manager
Justin has a BA in History and an MA in Medieval Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. He worked for a number of years as a teacher of History and Politics. Justin whilst working as a teacher enjoyed teaching any period from the Middle Ages to the present day. He has also edited and helped research new editions of two books on the Far East Prisoner of War experience in World War Two. Another book which Justin helped edit is a memoir about the life of a British family trapped in occupied France during the same period, written from the viewpoint of the youngest member of the family.
Justin manages the day to day business of the agency. He is also working on a new non-fiction book.
Justin particularly enjoys military, ancient and medieval history, as well as travel – he dreams about visiting the Himalayas.
Robbie Guillory, Literary Assistant
Robbie grew up in North Norfolk and worked as a butler before moving to Glasgow in 2005 to study, obtaining a degree in Comparative Literature and Slavonics. After a brief foray in education, he embarked on a career in publishing, most recently for Saraband Books. In 2016 he was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Emerging Publisher of the Year Award.
He enjoys wild swimming, gardening and cooking with far too much butter. He also is Readers’ Editor for Gutter, a literary magazine of new Scottish writing.
Robbie’s reading tastes are pretty wide-ranging, from crime and sci-fi to nature writing.