KHLA is a small independent literary agency with a growing list of clients. We offer authors a nurturing environment and a high level of attention in all book markets. We offer publishers new and established talent across a range of adult fiction and non-fiction, and children’s fiction. Please click here for more information about agents Kate Hordern and Anne Williams.


Congratulations to Alice Hunter, whose THE SERIAL KILLER'S WIFE, published by Avon in May in paperback and eBook, has been a bestseller in both formats, reaching the #2 slot in the Bookseller Heatseeker bestseller list.  It reached #5 in the Kindle bestseller list in the UK, and was in the Kindle top 10 for over a month, and also got to #10 in the US Kindle list.   It is still in the Kindle top 100. It was also an iBooks #1 bestseller.

"Striking debut...brilliantly deserves to be a hit"   Daily Mail

Congratulations to Julie Houston whose SING ME A SECRET, published in paperback in February, won this year's Romantic Novelists' Association Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction award.   A VILLAGE VACANCY, published in October 2020, was in the UK Kindle top 100 bestseller two months.  It will be available in paperback  in November.  Her new novel, A FAMILY AFFAIR, was published in eBook on June 3rd by Aria.  The paperback will be published in February 2022.

"Warm, funny and well written, with a page-turning plot, this book has everything! I loved it!" Katie Fforde (of SING ME A SECRET)

Congratulations to Victoria Jenkins whose psychological thriller, THE PLAYDATE, published in May, was a top 20 Kindle UK bestseller.

"This ending is explosive and will simply leave you breathless and gasping… This is a MUST READ!’ The Secret Book Sleuth, 5 stars


KHLA are delighted to welcome Lynne McEwan to the agency.  Her first novel, set on the Scottish border and featuring DI Shona Oliver, IN DARK WATER was published by Canelo Crime in eBook and paperback on 24 June 2021.

KHLA welcomes new client Nicola Chester, whose memoir, ON GALLOWS DOWN: Place, Protest and Belonging will be published by Chelsea Green on 7 October.

“From treetop protests at the Newbury Bypass to the grand Highclere Estate, ON GALLOWS DOWN is that rare thing: nature writing as political as it is personal”
Melissa Harrison, author of The Stubborn Light of Things

KHLA are delighted to welcome Joy Kluver to the agency.   Her debut crime novel LAST SEEN was published in eBook in March 2021 by Bookouture. Her latest, BROKEN GIRLS, like LAST SEEN featuring DI Bernadette Noel, was published in eBook in July 2021.

Lyn Andrews's new novel, THE GIRLS FROM MERSEY VIEW, was published  in paperback by Headline in June 2021.  It is also available in hardback, eBook and Audio.

KHLA welcomes new clients Laura Starkey (two book fiction deal with Bonnier Embla) and Ruth D'Alessandro (three book memoir deal with Welbeck).

Laura Starkey's romantic comedy debut RACHEL RYAN'S RESOLUTIONS is published by Bonnier Embla on 16 September 2021.

"A big-hearted treat of a read." Catherine Walsh, author of One Night Only

 Sandy Taylor's seventh novel, THE IRISH NANNY, was published by Bookouture on 30 July 2021.

Congratulations to Sandy on achieving #1 simultaneously in the Saga Fiction, Romance Sagas and Family Sagas Kindle categories, and on reaching #24 in the Kindle Top 100.

"A heartbreaking story of WWII. Loved it so much!" Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Ewa Jozefkowicz’s new middle-grade novel THE COOKING CLUB DETECTIVES was published by Zephyr/Head of Zeus in paperback on 10 June 2021.

"A beautifully observed story about the power of food and friendship." Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Congratulations to Jane Corry whose THE LIES WE TELL, published by Penguin on 24 June 2021,  reached #6 on the Sunday Times paperback fiction bestseller list.

"Everything I love in a book." Lisa Jewell

Jane Corry's psychological thrillers have sold more than a million copies.

Congratulations to Kathryn Hughes whose most recent novel, THE MEMORY BOX, was published in eBook and Audio by Headline on 5th August.  The paperback will be available in November.


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