Eleanor Birne joins PEW Literary

News - Publishing Monday, 13 May 2019

Former John Murray publisher moves from DGA


Eleanor Birne has joined PEW Literary as an associate agent. She was previously at David Godwin Associates (DGA).

Birne's clients include Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books and author of the collection Human Relations and Other Difficulties. US rights in the book have gone to Mitzi Angel at Farrar, Straus; UK rights are with Profile. Her other clients include Amber Medland, whose debut novel, Wild Pets, has gone to Emmie Francis at Faber; and Adam Smyth, professor of English literature and history of the book at Balliol College, Oxford - his proposal The Book: A Story in Thirteen Extraordinary Lives is soon to go on submission. Birne is also about to submit 34 Patients by former Observer journalist-turned-doctor Tom Templeton.

She said: "I'm hugely excited to be working with Patrick Walsh, Margaret Halton, John Ash and Doug Young at PEW Literary. It's an incredibly supportive, experienced and energetic team and I'm delighted to be part of it. I feel it's the ideal home for me and my writers."

Patrick Walsh, who set up the agency in 2016, said: "Eleanor's editorial eye is legendary, and her experience as a publisher and now as an agent - selling Amber Medland's brilliant first novel to Faber this week - speaks volumes for her talents. I've always admired her, and we all love working together."

Before starting work as a literary agent, Birne was publishing director at John Murray. She is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, and is in the final stages of finishing work on a PhD, "The Women Who Built Virago".

She can be contacted at eleanor@pewliterary.com.

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