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.


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

Congratulations to Nicola Chester, whose memoir, ON GALLOWS DOWN: Place, Protest and Belonging was published by Chelsea Green on 7 October.

"An incredible book of exceptional depth, feeling and bravery...wonderful!  I couldn't put it down.  A must read"  Dara McAnulty

Congratulations to Alice Hunter, whose THE SERIAL KILLER'S WIFE, published by Avon in May in paperback and eBook, has sold over 100,000 copies.  It has been a bestseller in both formats, reaching the #2 slot in the Bookseller Heatseeker bestseller list and #5 in the Kindle bestseller list in the UK, staying in the Kindle top 10 for over a month. It is still in the Kindle top 100. It also got to #10 in the US Kindle list and was also an iBooks #1 bestseller.  

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

KHLA are thrilled to welcome Ellie Wood to the agency.  Her first novel, THE WILDWATER WOMEN, will be published in eBook, paperback and audio by HarperNorth in April 2022.

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.

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 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 for two months and is now available in paperback.  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)

Victoria Jenkins's latest psychological thriller, THE NEW FAMILY, was published by Bookouture in eBook in November and hit the UK Kindle Top 100 within a week of publication, reaching the #15 spot in January.

‘OMG, OMG, OMG. Run, do not walk to read this psych thriller. Do what you must do. One-click it, buy it, find it… READ IT!… It has absolutely everything… you HAVE TO READ IT!… Straight to the top of my best reads of the year list.’ Fireflies and Free Kicks

Sam Carrington's latest thriller, THE COUPLE ON MAPLE DRIVE, was published by Avon on 9 December in paperback, audio and eBook.

It has been selected as one of The Times Crime  Club's Picks of the Month.

"A deft example of domestic noir"  The Times


Laura Starkey's romantic comedy debut RACHEL RYAN'S RESOLUTIONS was published by Bonnier Embla on 16 September 2021.  Congratulations to Laura on achieving #17 and for over four weeks in the Kindle Top 100.

"A big-hearted treat of a read." Catherine Walsh, author of One Night Only
"A sparkling debut." Zoë Folbigg, bestselling author of The Note
"Hilarious and heartwarming."Matt Dunn, bestselling author of Home

Congratulations to Kathryn Hughes whose most recent novel, THE MEMORY BOX, was published in eBook and Audio by Headline in August with the paperback also now available.

"Heartbreaking and heart-warming, with a spry, wise and contrite centenarian taking centre stage in a dramatic tale of love, loss and forgiveness"  Daily Mail

"Hughes is a wonderful storyteller and this is a spellbinding tale" Woman

 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

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 second, BROKEN GIRLS, like LAST SEEN featuring DI Bernadette Noel, was published in eBook in July 2021.  Her third novel featuring Bernie Noel, LEFT FOR DEAD, was released on January 10 in eBook by Bookouture.

"One of the best crime series out there at the moment!… Kept me thoroughly entertained and on edge the whole time I was reading it" My Chestnut Reading Tree



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