The Blake Friedmann Literary Agency was founded in 1982 by merging the Julian Friedmann Literary Agency with the Carole Blake Literary Agency; Carole handled book rights and Julian handled film and television rights.
Since then, the agency has grown to include six agents in the literary department, and two film and TV agents in the media department. Our focus is on representing the most talented, dynamic and exciting writers and directors across all genres. Our intention has always been to represent writers' careers, rather than individual books or projects, and to sell those writers into as many markets, languages and media platforms as possible.
Our authors have won a wide range of prestigious prizes, including RNA Historical Novel of the Year, RNA Romantic Novel of the Year, the Caine Prize, International Horror Guild Award, Prix Femina Etranger, Authors' Club First Book Award, ITV People's Bestseller Dagger Award, the Commonwealth Prize, the Windham-Campbell Prize and PEN Awards; and been shortlisted for, among others, the Man Booker Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, the IMPAC Prize, Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, the Costa Book Awards, Guardian First Book Award, the Orange Prize, Not the Booker Prize, and selected for the Zoe Ball TV Book Club. Our books have topped bestseller lists all over the world, and continue to regularly appear in the Sunday Times bestseller lists.
Our screenwriters and writer/directors have also garnered many awards, including BAFTAs, Emmys, Oscar nominations, Directors Guild Awards, Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Awards, Sony Gold Radio Awards, Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, and a Palme D'Or at Cannes.
You can find individual pages for all of our agents above, and more details on our international rights department here.
For more information on our recent appointments, you can read our press release here.
Louisa Minghella is in our media department. Having grown up on a strict diet of chicken nuggets and screenplays, she worked in development, production, theatre, and representation before joining the company. She is currently chipping away at a Philosophy degree, which is her excuse to skip the gym.
Samuel Hodder is Associate Agent and Reporting Manager. Previous to joining Blake Friedmann he was Publisher for Psychology at Elsevier. He loves travel, Instagram, film, video games, and many, many books!
Resham Naqvi is our Contracts Manager. She has previously worked in contracts for a publisher. She loves to travel and is an avid photographer.
Sian-Ellis Martin is our Book Department Assistant. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from KCL. She has previously interned at several literary agencies.
James Sykes is our Rights Assistant. He has a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing, and an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry), from the University of East Anglia. Predictably, he spends the majority of his spare time reading and trying to write, and a very small portion of that time actually writing.
Daisy Way is our Finance Manager. She started working in publishing as Blake Friedmann’s Contracts & Royalties Associate in 2012, then spent two years working in the royalties department at Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency, before returning to BFLA in February 2017.
If you would like to read more about our history, please click here.