After graduating from Oxford with a degree in French & Italian, Charlotte worked as a literary scout at Eccles Fisher Associates. In April 2015, she joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates, where she handles English-language rights for many of the agency’s international authors, UK rights for a number of US agencies, and is actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction written in English.
With foreign-language books accounting for only 3-4% of the UK and US market, Charlotte is delighted to be regularly placing authors for translation into English. She sold Italian author Elena Varvello’s breakout novel Can You Hear Me? to Two Roads/John Murray in the UK, which was the author’s first foreign sale. The novel was selected as Waterstone’s Thriller of the Month in June 2018 and became a bestseller.
Her other clients include the prize-winning New Zealand author Tina Makereti; debut novelist Tunde Farrand; writer and translator Paul McQuade, who was the recipient of the Sceptre Prize for New Writing 2014 and was shortlisted for the White Review Short Story Prize 2015; acclaimed poet and writer Dunya Mikhail, whose non-fiction debut The Beekeeper of Sinjar was longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature 2018; Bethany Rose Lamont, founder of Doll Hospital, an art and literature journal on mental health; intensive care consultant Dr Matt Morgan; science communicator and comedian Florence Schechter; Vicky Hayward, winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2017; Elizabeth Romer, author of the culinary classic The Tuscan Year; British-Iraqi chef Philip Juma; East London-based social enterprise Luminary Bakery; and Emily & Giselle Roux, whose first cookbook was published in 2017.
Charlotte reads widely across upmarket commercial and literary fiction and is looking for stories that grip and move her, be they nail-biting and suspenseful, funny and uplifting or heart-breaking. She loves beautiful writing that crosses boundaries, whether geographic or linguistic or in bringing a twist to a genre. She has a penchant for the dark and haunting, and occasionally a hint of the speculative or uncanny. She is always on the hunt for a great love story.
In non-fiction, she is looking for accessible, engaging writing on a range of subjects including popular science, social and environmental issues, linguistics, social and cultural history, nature, food and cookery, and popular culture. She especially loves hybrid books, for example, when in a memoir, the personal is interwoven with a bigger story or subject.
Charlotte enjoys working editorially with her authors, bringing existing projects to fruition and coming up with new ideas. As well as championing literature in translation, she is eager to see more submissions from new and original voices in English from around the world.