Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Arrow wins auction for high-concept domestic thriller CURFEW by Jayne Cowie

Arrow has won a three-way auction to acquire a high-concept domestic thriller CURFEW by Jayne Cowie. Editor Jennie Rothwell acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to CURFEW plus one further novel from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency. North American rights have been pre-empted by Jen Monroe at Berkley, PRH US, via Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio on behalf of DKW. CURFEW is a high-concept feminist domestic suspense that… (read more)

Walker acquires debut Middle Grade fiction series from Jamie Russell in three-book deal

DKW are thrilled to announce that Walker Books have acquired the SKYWAKE trilogy, an exciting and original debut middle grade sci-fi adventure for the gaming generation, by Jamie Russell. Emma Lidbury, Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books, bought World All Language Rights to three books in a deal brokered by Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The first book in the trilogy, SKYWAKE: INVASION will be published in… (read more)

Welcome to Tamsin Smith

Ella is delighted to announce her second signing from this summer’s open submission window: Tamsin Smith! Tamsin is a freelance broadcast journalist who began her debut women’s fiction novel THE TRUE COLOURS OF STELLA  BROOKS when studying creative writing at the Faber Academy. Narrated by an outsider who sees other people’s memories in colour, but her own in black and white, it’s inspired by a fascination with synaesthesia and an obsession… (read more)

Sharon Gosling signs first Adult Fiction deal with Simon & Schuster UK

Simon & Schuster UK Ltd has snapped up UK & Commonwealth rights to The House Beneath the Cliffs by Sharon Gosling at auction in a deal brokered by Ella Kahn of Diamond Kahn and Woods. Clare Hey, Publishing Director at Simon & Schuster UK, bought two books by Gosling, who has previously written YA and middle-grade fiction and has now turned her hand to fiction for adults. Kahn is receiving strong interest… (read more)

Welcome to Dani Redd

Ella is thrilled to announce she is now representing Dani Redd, her first new signing from her current open submissions window! Dani is a travel writer based in Norwich, and her debut upmarket women’s fiction novel THE ARCTIC CURRY CLUB, draws on her experiences living and travelling in both India and Spitsbergen. It’s an uplifting, heartwarming and funny novel about love, family, food and finding your place in the world, and we’re… (read more)

Coronet to publish debut romantic comedy from Nicole Burstein

DKW are delighted to announce that Coronet is to publish a novel about two twenty-something virgins who meet at a support group by YA writer, Nicole Burstein, who will be writing under the pseudonym, Amber Crewe. Rights for the UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) to Adult Virgins Anonymous were snapped up by editorial director Melissa Cox in a deal struck with Bryony Woods, of DKW Literary Agency. Kate Mundy is stuck in… (read more)

Pushkin Children’s triumphs at auction with two book deal for Daisy May Johnson

DKW are thrilled to announce that Sarah Odedina at Pushkin Children’s Books has bought UK and commonwealth rights at auction to two novels by debut author Daisy May Johnson from Bryony Woods of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. US rights were sold to Laura Godwin at Henry Holt, via Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio. The first novel, How To Be Brave, marks the launch of a remarkably creative, funny… (read more)

Avon’s Beth Wickington buys Clare Marchant debut in first acquisition

Avon Books has acquired World All Language rights to The Secrets of Saffron Hall from Clare Marchant. Beth Wickington at Avon found the submission via the Avon open submissions process and negotiated rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, with the book slated for publication in summer 2020. The Secrets of Saffron Hall follows university archivist Amber who, upon discovering an ancient book of hours in… (read more)

Hodder to publish travel memoir by Calum McSwiggan

Hodder & Stoughton is delighted to announce the publication of Eat, Gay, Love by writer and radio presenter Calum McSwiggan. Ian Wong, Assistant Editor for Non-Fiction, acquired World Rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The book will be published in hardback, trade paperback, eBook and audio on 28 May 2020. Eat, Gay, Love is Calum’s first book and is a heartfelt, no-holds-barred account of his… (read more)

Welcome to Sandra Lawrence

Ella is so excited to announce that she is now representing Sandra Lawrence! Sandra is a journalist specialising in heritage, travel and garden writing, and the author of twelve non-fiction books for both adults and children, including Anthology of Amazing Women (20-Watt, 2018) which made the Guardian’s Top Children’s Non Fiction list, Atlas of Monsters (Templar, 2018) and Atlas of Heroes (Templar 2019) both of which were shortlisted for the SLA Information Book of the Year. Sandra lives in Greenwich, where… (read more)

Orion Claims The Unwanted Dead in Start of a New Crime Series

Emad Akhtar, Publisher at Orion Fiction, has acquired World Rights for four WWII crime novels featuring Paris detective Eddie Giral by translator, travel writer and author Chris Lloyd. The deal was done with Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency with the first, THE UNWANTED DEAD, to publish this September. The series begins on the day the Nazis march into Paris in June 1940, and each book in the series will follow… (read more)

Welcome to Clare Marchant

We’re delighted to announce our first new client of the new decade – Clare Marchant! Ella first met Clare at the Romantic Novelists Association conference last July, and she’s absolutely thrilled to be working with her on her fabulous debut historical timeslip novel, The Secrets of Saffron Hall. Watch this space for more news on this very soon!… (read more)

HarperCollins buys Catriona Silvey’s debut novel at auction

Natasha Bardon, publishing director at HarperVoyager, has bought at auction UK and Commonwealth rights (exc Canada) to Meet Me In Another Life, a love story by debut author Catriona Silvey. Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods negotiated the two-book deal, and Julia Elliott has pre-empted the book for HarperCollins US. It will be published in 2021. Meet Me In Another Life follows the story of Santi and Thora, who have met again… (read more)

Stripes signs new fiction series from Sylvia Bishop in three-book deal

Stripes Publishing, an imprint of the Little Tiger Group, has acquired a young fiction series written by Sylvia Bishop, with two-colour illustrations by Ashley King. Associate publisher Jane Harris bought world rights to three titles in the 44 Tiny… series from Bryony Woods at DKW and struck a deal for King to illustrate with Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding. Stripes will publish 44 Tiny Secrets in May 2020, and there are two further… (read more)

Welcome to Daniel Aubrey

Ella is very excited to be adding another new client to her list: Daniel Aubrey! Daniel is working on a properly page-turning speculative thriller about a cure for aging that comes with a catch… Having travelled the world as a journalist, he now works in healthcare and lives on the Scottish border with his wife, Claire, and two dogs, Dylan and Maggie, who help him out of plot holes and provide names… (read more)

Welcome to Jamie Russell

Ella is delighted to welcome Jamie Russell to her list! A screenwriter and former journalist and speechwriter, Jamie is now channelling his lifelong love of videogames to write fun and pacey books for kids about esports and aliens. Welcome to DKW, Jamie – we’re thrilled to be working with you!… (read more)

Hodder acquires inspirational audio led project from novelist and Instagram sensation Laura Jane Williams

Hodder & Stoughton is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Life Diet by Laura Jane Williams, an audio led work of non-fiction publishing in September 2019. Publisher Briony Gowlett acquired world rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Inspired by her cult Instagram stories and popular online columns, The Life Diet is Laura Jane Williams’ brilliantly funny, painfully honest and inspiringly insightful philosophy of what… (read more)

Atom acquires fourth YA novel from David Owen

Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown, has acquired a new YA novel from David Owen. Olivia Hutchings, commissioning editor at Atom Books, bought UK & Commonwealth rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Grief Angels is an urgent and heartfelt look at the power of nostalgia and at different forms of grief. It tells the story of 15-year-old Owen Marlow, who is experiencing a great, disorienting loss… (read more)

HarperCollins Signs Four More Books from Laura Jane Williams

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world all languages rights for four more novels from journalist and author Laura Jane Williams. Avon’s Commissioning Editor Katie Loughnane has acquired World All Language rights from agent Ella Diamond Kahn, at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. Laura’s first foray into fiction, Our Stop, is already a word-of-mouth hit and is shaping up to be one of the books of the summer. Katie Loughnane, Commissioning… (read more)

Welcome to Elizabeth Shapiro

We’re delighted to announce that debut novelist Elizabeth Shapiro has signed with DKW! Elizabeth has studied writing for children with the Golden Egg Academy, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Bath Children’s Novel Award. Her WW2-set debut novel, Resistance, tells the story of a young girl fighting to survive in war-torn Poland. Brave, bold and lyrical, it’s an astonishing read and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome Elizabeth to DKW.  … (read more)