Rowan Lawton


Rowan recently joined The Soho Agency after almost two decades in the industry. Her Irish and Sunday Times bestselling authors have been awarded and shortlisted for literary prizes including the British Book Awards, the CWA Daggers, 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’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. 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 non-traditional families are also likely be up her street.

Books Rowan has recently enjoyed Susie Steiner’s Manon novels, After the End by Clare Mackintosh, Expectation by Anna Hope, Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams, Those People by Louise Candlish, Notes to Self by Emilie Pine and With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix.

When not reading or talking (at some speed) Rowan can be found cooking, running after her young daughter at home in the countryside, shouting at the news or nursing a small glass of whiskey in the bath whilst listening to a podcast.

Rowan Lawton