Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Welcome to Kathy Brown

We are thrilled to welcome our newest client Kathy Brown to DKW! Kathy runs the successful personal lifestyle blog www.iamkb.co.uk, where she writes about human connection, empathy and grief, among other topics. Her work has been read over quarter of a million times, and has developed a loyal and engaged readership. By day, Kathy works as a Communications Manager at a Sussex hospice, where her experiences have inspired her incredibly powerful… (read more)

Walker pre-empts first YA novel from Caroline O’Donoghue on the eve of Bologna Book Fair

DKW are excited to announce that Walker Books have acquired the first YA novel from author, journalist and podcaster Caroline O’Donoghue, in a pre-empt with a six figure sum for a two-book deal the day before the start of Bologna Book Fair. Executive Editorial Director Denise Johnstone-Burt acquired World, All Language Rights for All Our Hidden Gifts and a follow up novel from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary… (read more)

Welcome to Brenna Hassett

We’re very excited to announce Ella’s newest client, Dr Brenna Ryan Hassett! Brenna is a bioarchaeologist whose career has taken her around the globe, researching the past using the clues left behind in human remains. She has worked at University College London and at the Natural History Museum, and is 1/4 of the team behind the Trowelblazers,  a wide ranging project that does everything in its power to bring the… (read more)

Stripes Conjurs Magical Middle-Grade Acquisition with Two Book Deal for Sharon Gosling

Stripes Publishing, an imprint of the Little Tiger Group, has acquired two historical middle-grade adventures by Sharon Gosling. Editorial Director Ruth Bennett bought World rights to THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY which sees a young girl fight back against the patriarchal restrictions of the Society of Magicians, and a second standalone book from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency. Bennett said: “I am delighted to be publishing Sharon Gosling’s… (read more)

Natalie Hart Shortlisted for Costa Book Awards First Novel

Huge congratulations to Natalie Hart, whose debut novel PIECES OF ME (Legend Press, October 2018) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Book Awards in the First Novel category. Described by the judges as  “A beautiful and heartfelt debut about identity and belonging“, PIECES OF ME tells the story of Emma and Adam’s relationship, and the impact both of their experiences of the Iraq war… (read more)

Avon acquires Laura Jane Williams’ debut novel

Avon Books have signed a World All Languages deal with journalist and author Laura Jane Williams. Phoebe Morgan acquired rights to Our Stop from Ella Kahn at Diamond, Kahn and Woods. The book is slated for publication in June 2019. Our Stop is a love story of near-misses; full of humour and heart, it’s the Rush Hour Crush column for the millennial age where none of us have got the time to… (read more)

Walker pre-empts ‘epic’ middle-grade debut from Katharine Orton

DKW are delighted to announce that Walker Books are to publish Nevertell, the debut middle grade novel from Katharine Orton. Commissioning Editor Annalie Grainger acquired world rights in all languages in a pre-empt from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn & Woods. The book is set to publish in autumn 2019 in the UK. Walker US will publish the book in the USA, and other foreign rights territories will be sold at Frankfurt. (read more)

Nosy Crow snaps up high-octane MG series from Star Wars writer and film critic, Tom Huddleston

DKW is delighted to announce the acquisition of two books from Tom Huddleston, author, musician and film journalist by Nosy Crow. The first of these, FLOODWORLD, will be published in February 2019 accompanied by an ambitious marketing and PR campaign. Kirsty Stansfield at Nosy Crow bought world rights from Ella Kahn at the Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency. FLOODWORLD is a gripping, action-packed story for 10+ readers. Kara and Joe spend… (read more)

Atom to publish David Owen’s third YA novel

Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown, has acquired a third YA novel from David Owen. Sarah Castleton, Editorial Director at Atom Books, bought UK & Commonwealth Rights (excluding Canada) from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. All The Lonely People is a story about online culture – both good and bad – and its influence over our sense of self. Told from the perspective of Kat, a girl… (read more)

Polish Pre-Empt for Caroline O’Donoghue

We are delighted to announce that Świat Książki has pre-empted Polish rights for Caroline O’Donoghue’s darkly witty debut PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN in a fantastic deal negotiated by our co-agent Magda Cabajewska at Macadamia Literary Agency. As the publishers of Paula Hawkins, Jojo Moyes, Julian Barnes and many more, we are positive they will make a fantastic home for Caroline in Poland. ‘I loved it. The writing is whipsmart and… (read more)

Welcome to Nikki Marmery

We are thrilled to welcome the talented Nikki Marmery to DKW as Ella’s newest client! Nikki’s debut Isla Maria, which was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition 2017, is a literary historical novel inspired by the true story of Maria, the only woman on the Golden Hind with Francis Drake when he circumnavigated the world in 1577-1580. This is the untold story of one woman’s struggle for freedom and… (read more)

Tom Huddleston to write Warhammer Adventures: Realm Quest Middle Grade fiction series

We are delighted to announce that Tom Huddleston will be writing the new WARHAMMER ADVENTURES: REALM QUEST fiction series for middle grade readers, set in the Age of Sigmar Warhammer Universe, for Games Workshop. Warhammer Adventures is a series of action-packed stories about brave heroes battling monstrous enemies and winning great victories against impossible odds in the far future universe of Warhammer 40,000 and the fantasy realms of… (read more)

Faber to publish Jion Sheibani’s debut picture book

DKW are excited to announce that author and illustrator Jion Sheibani’s debut picture book will be published by Faber Children’s Books in September 2018.   One evening, Lily is playing on the beach. And who should float in, but LOTS of polar bears! Lily is excited to welcome them home for dinner (of fish fingers and ice cream, of course) and to have them stay for a sleepover. Lily has even… (read more)

Legend Press Signs Write Stuff Winner Natalie Hart

DKW are extremely proud to announce Legend Press’s acquisition of Pieces Of Me, the debut novel from Natalie Hart. The manuscript won the Write Stuff competition at the London Book Fair’s Author HQ Live Pitching event in 2016 and Lauren Parsons acquired World English rights from Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. The book will be published 4th October 2018. Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike… (read more)

Welcome to Lis Maimaris

We’re thrilled to welcome Lis Maimaris to DKW as Elinor’s newest client. Lis has studied creative writing under Michael Rosen and Julia Bell at Birkbeck College, London, and with Curtis Brown Creative. Her debut YA novel, MY FATHER’S GHOST, is a modern-day retelling of Hamlet, set amongst the snowy mountains, lake and forest surrounding a family-run Danish hotel, The Sovereign.  A supernatural Scandi-noir, MY FATHER’S GHOST remains true to its Shakesperean inspiration,… (read more)

Legend Press to publish Joanne Burn’s debut novel

DKW are extremely proud to announce Legend Press’s acquisition of Petals And Stones, the debut novel from Joanne Burn which will be published 6th September 2018. When Uma discovers her husband’s infidelity just hours before his untimely death, the carefully woven threads of her life begin to unravel… Struggling to manage the grief of those around her, she escapes to a remote cottage by the coast where she swims in the winter sea, cooks the forgotten… (read more)

DKW Sponsors Place on Get Into Book Publishing Course

The Get Into Book Publishing course is a four-day vocational course running from April 16th – April 19th 2018, organised by Bluebird Consulting and to be held at University College London, which will provide a comprehensive, industry-supported, accessible introduction to publishing. For the second year running, Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency are pleased to be sponsoring one place on the course for a candidate who lives outside of easy commuting… (read more)

Anna Holmwood appointed Foreign Rights Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Anna Holmwood as Foreign Rights Manager, tasked with developing the agency’s foreign rights department in-house for the first time. Anna Holmwood was previously a literary agent at the Grayhawk Agency in Taipei, and was a founding member of the Emerging Translators Network in London. She has an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies and a BA in History from Oxford University. She speaks fluent… (read more)

Scholastic to publish two new novels by Sylvia Bishop

DKW are delighted to announce that Scholastic have acquired THE SECRET OF THE NIGHT TRAIN, a thrilling middle-grade adventure for readers aged 9-12, and a second untitled middle-grade adventure from author Sylvia Bishop. THE SECRET OF THE NIGHT TRAIN will be published on May 3rd. When Max is sent to Istanbul to stay with her boring Great Aunt Elodie, little does she expect to be plunged into a thrilling night-time adventure… (read more)

Welcome to Katharine Orton

We are delighted to welcome the wonderfully talented children’s author Katharine Orton to DKW! Katharine is the latest author to join Bryony’s list of clients, having met her through the WoMentoring Project, where Bryony was bowled over by her vivid and powerful storytelling. Katharine’s debut children’s novel, Nevertell, is a darkly magical middle-grade adventure, set in the wilderness of Siberia. 12-year-old Lina was born in a Soviet prison camp and has… (read more)