Benedict Clark

Benedict is the assistant to Mark Lucas and Marina de Pass. Having previously worked as a writing coach and editor for first-time novelists, he is passionate about supporting writers and has a keen eye for a good story.


In fiction, he loves books that combine character-driven storytelling, propulsive plots, and a willingness to push genre boundaries, such as The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Watchmen by Alan Moore, Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister, Mordew by Alex Pheby, and Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. In non-fiction, he enjoys books on a unique subject that are structured like a novel, such as Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis or Ten Thousand Apologies by Adelle Stripe and Lias Saoudi. In general, he’s drawn to books that tackle themes of friendship, ambition, guilt and obsession – and can be lured in by anything that approaches these subjects in a fresh way.


In his spare time, he enjoys pub quizzes, cryptic crosswords and going to the cinema. He also loves football – and is at his happiest when kicking a ball around with his local five-a-side team.