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Richford Becklow Literary Agency

United Kingdom

Richford Becklow was founded in 2012 by Lisa Eveleigh who is the primary agent,working with specialist sub-agents where relevant. Richford Becklow is delighted to be representing some old friends;  Philip Casey, Grace Wynne-Jones and Hugo Barnacle, as well as the debut talents she is working with.

Submission Guidelines

Please send an email with your work attached as a Word document only (no PDF's please) plus a short biographical note to:

Does not accept postal submissions.

Fiction:   a synopsis plus the first three chapters. Please double-space your text and use Times Roman 12 pt font.

Non-Fiction: a synopsis plus chapter breakdown and a note on the market for your book

We do not accept postal submissions and we only reply to email enquiries.  

Due to the volume of enquiries we receive we regret it is not possible to acknowledge receipt. 

US authors:  we advise that you seek representation in your own country initially but if you like the sound of us please tell your agent to contact us with a view to sub-agency.
We aim to reply within ten to twelve weeks but please allow for our busy Book Fair periods  in April and October and do not submit then.  

Please ask yourself;  are you really ready to submit?  Have you done at least two drafts of your work?

We are receiving too many first drafts at present and don't have time to do more than a final polish.  If in doubt, it is worth seeking a professional critique from an editorial consultancy.

What we're looking for

We're open to reading well-crafted and thoughtful writing in all genres. Here are some writers we admire:


Graham Swift, Ian McEwan, Susan Hill, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Forster, Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, Jonathan Coe, Simon Scarrow, Jasper Fforde, Conn Iggulden, Patrick O'Brien, Bernard Cornwell, Philip Kerr, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Penelope Lively, Barbara Trapido, Helen Dunmore, Linda Grant, Esther Freud, Raffaella Barker, JoJo Moyes, Jenny Colgan, Allison Pearson, India Knight, Luke Jennings, Jilly Cooper, Anna Blundy, Stan Barstow, Georgette Heyer, Edmund White, Patrick Gale, Nora Ephron, Helen Fielding, Colm Toibin, Andrew O'Hagan, Michael Marshall Smith, S J Parris, Suzannah Dunn, Philippa Gregory. Of the classics,  Jane Austen, Thackeray, Trollope, the Brontes,Tolstoy and Maupassant are books we return to with pleasure


Michael Holroyd, Claire Tomalin, Hermione Lee, Ben McIntyre, Stephen Fry, Adam Nicolson, Jeremy Lewis, Amanda Foreman,Jenny Uglow, Judith Flanders, Mark Lewisohn, Robert McCrum, Jon Savage, Nick Cohn, Miranda Seymour

What we're not looking for 

Picture book texts for babies and toddlers.  Erotica. Reflections on perceived inaccuracies in the Bible.  

For details of how to submit to us, please click on Contact Us

+44 (0)7510 023823

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