Founded in 2009, the Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd, has gone on to become one of the UK’s foremost independent literary agencies.
There are four agents working actively at the agency: the founder Kate Nash who is in Oxford, literary agent Lina Langlee, based in Edinburgh, junior literary agent Robbie Guillory in Glasgow and Justin Nash our managing director. We are supported by Alice Togneri, our finance manager.
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 a Bookseller Rising Star in 2018 and was awarded Agent of the Year by the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2019.
Lina Langlee, 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. She joined the Kate Nash Literary Agency in 2018, and is actively building her list of clients. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the RNA ‘Agent of the Year’ award.
Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, literary fiction, twisty thrillers and crime fiction with a difference, speculative or high concept books that remain very readable, fun and moving Middle Grade and any genre of Young Adult. In terms of non-fiction, Lina is interested either in ‘the small made big’ or ‘the big made small’: specialists that can make really niche subjects accessible and interesting to a wider market, or deeply personal accounts of the big issues we might all one day tackle. 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, Managing Director
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 enjoyed teaching any period from the Middle Ages to the present day. He has 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 is looking for both grounded science fiction and SF of the far future. He loves historical fiction set in any period although Justin would particularly like to see detective fiction set in either earlier times, distant places or against the background of war. Action thrillers with complex lead characters, great settings and lots of action are welcome.
Justin particularly enjoys military, ancient and medieval history, as well as travel – he dreams about visiting the Himalayas. He is working on a new non-fiction book.
Justin is interested in standout non-fiction with a strong voice. He would be particularly interested to see history, popular science, politics and travel books that immerse the reader in either a place, culture or idea. Journalistic approaches that chronicle the author’s quest with the author present in the narrative are also welcome.
Robbie Guillory, Junior Literary Agent
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.
Robbie is looking for outstanding writing across a number of genres: stand-out commercial fiction, science fiction that focuses on communities and relationships whilst the galaxy looks after itself, crime and psychological thrillers with a difference, gripping historical dramas, and beautiful nonfiction with roots in the natural world.
Alice Togneri, Finance Manager
After completing a degree in Geography from the University of Portsmouth (BA Hons), Alice went on to gain her AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification. She has many years of experience working in accounts, having worked mainly in the not-for-profit sector, including working for a local authority, a Think Tank, and a crime prevention charity.
Alice loves the outdoors, country walks, reading a wide variety of books, and eating chocolate.
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