Rowan Lawton


Rowan joined The Soho Agency in 2019 after almost two decades in the industry. Her internationally bestselling authors have been awarded and shortlisted for literary prizes including the British Book Awards, the CWA Daggers, the Irish Book Awards, the Wales Book of the Year, Romantic Novel of the Year and the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also been involved in the judging of a number of fiction prizes including Richard & Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’ and the Bristol Short Story Prize. Rowan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2012.

Rowan’s taste ranges from the most commercial women’s fiction and domestic suspense to accessible literary novels, as well as female-focused non-fiction - including moving and inspiring memoirs and personal development. She loves women’s fiction in all its guises, from contemporary romance and romantic comedy, to tightly plotted crime novels featuring strong female leads and compelling reading group fiction. She is drawn to novels that hit on relatable moral or emotional issues, as well as those that explore a lesser known side of history. Stories that centre around family drama, female characters, single or solo parenthood and diverse families are also likely be up her street.

Books Rowan has recently enjoyed include Susie Steiner’s Manon novels, Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, After the End by Clare Mackintosh, In Five Years by Rebecca Searle, Expectation by Anna Hope, Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld and I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder.

When not reading or talking (at some speed) Rowan can be found cooking (often Anna Jones or Meera Sodha recipes), running after her toddler at home in the countryside, shouting at the news or nursing a glass of whiskey in the bath whilst listening to a podcast.

Rowan loves working with new writers but is closed to submissions until September.

Rowan Lawton