We are a literary agency in London offering creative international representation for authors, illustrators, speakers, brands, companies and charities across all media.
We represent the interests of leading fiction and non-fiction authors, from politics to popular culture, from cookery to children's books, from history to high fashion, from thrillers to romance and fantasy.
LAW represents a select but exciting range of author illustrators working in a variety of styles and media.
Our high profile speakers can engage audiences of every kind with charm and wit, adapting their own unique experiences to inspire and motivate professionals from every sector.
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LAW – Literary Agency
Lucas Alexander Whitley is active in all areas of representation (including speaking, licensing, brand, film and television deals) and operates with individuality and commitment. Small enough to be friendly, big enough to operate effectively in a global market, always imaginative, we not only look for the best deals for our clients but also plan their long term careers.
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Adam Williams has always been uniquely placed to depict the beauty and struggles of China. As the great grandson of both a celebrated medical missionary and the engineer responsible for the first Shenyang railway, the history of China is Adam's passion and his heritage. His historical epic The Emperor's Bones was translated into Chinese in 2013 and reached No.1 on Dang Dang Wang, China's major bestseller chart, making him only the second international author to do so, alongside the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The novel has been praised for its accuracy, and Adam for his ability to write "like a paleontologist, revealing an earlier time that had been buried, finding a bone that is filled with China's DNA" by film director Wu Qi.
On July 31st 2014 The Palace of Heavenly Pleasures was also published in China. The novel is set during the volatile period of the Boxer rebellion and, along with The Dragon's Tail and The Emperor's Bones, has been wholly acclaimed throughout the world. The Times of London described it as "a rattling good read. Full of love and loss and guts and gore and derring-do this is as good as an adventure story gets".
Meanwhile, the children's book market in China is also developing at an exciting pace (see Global Times) and various sessions at this year's Children's Media Conference in Sheffield had a particular focus on its emergent creativity and innovation. Best-selling and highly-acclaimed author Hong Ying, who is married to Adam Williams, is one of the finest examples of the talent and entrepreneurial spirit now coming into children's books. Her new story book, The Girl in the French Fort, brings European fairy story techniques into a Chinese form and is set in the old French naval barracks on the South Bank of the Yangtze in Chongqing. Exquisitely illustrated by Cherry Denman, a Beijing-based British artist, the book is published in both English and Chinese with plans for sequels as well as licensing and merchandising to follow.
Our literary agents are happy to consider submissions from new authors, but please be aware that we are a small literary agency with a busy client list and we take on only a handful of new clients each year from the thousands of approaches made to us, many of which are from established writers and artists. If you are a new author, please read the submission guidelines before doing anything else.