Chris Wellbelove

Chris WI joined Aitken Alexander as an agent in 2017 after six years at Greene & Heaton.

I am looking for both fiction and non-fiction. In fiction my tastes tend towards the literary and I am keen to see novels that are engaging with the world we live in, experimenting with form or language, asking what it is to be human, or telling us something about a particular place or period. Fiction I’ve enjoyed recently includes: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, Addlands by Tom Bullough, The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, 10:04 by Ben Lerner, The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne and all of Nell Zink’s novels. Away from literary fiction I’d love to find some really good and original crime fiction – I’m a big fan of Patricia Highsmith, Ian Rankin and Michael Connelly – so do also get in touch if that’s what you’re writing.

I read all sorts of non-fiction, from memoir, history and nature writing to popular science, psychology, economics, current affairs and sports books. I am looking, primarily, for interesting stories, something completely original or a new and surprising take on a subject. I’d love to hear from academics who are working on something popular or journalists looking to break free of prohibitive word counts just as much as I’d like a proposal from a first-time writer with an original idea or fascinating story. And without wanting to be too specific I’d love to find an author who has discovered an untold history or a popular economics book on how we might live in the future. Among my favourite non-fiction books and authors are Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, The People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd-Parry, Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, The Lonely City by Olivia Laing, Running the Table by Jon Wertheim, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Craig Taylor’s Londoners and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

But non-fiction careers need not start with a book. I do quite a lot of work on the talent side of the business and as such have good relationships with television broadcasters and production companies. I am more than happy to receive approaches from people who are expert in their field and want to take their work to a popular audience but may not yet be thinking about writing a book.

You can follow me on Twitter on: @ChrisWellbelove

Clients include:
Bette Adriaanse
Jessica Andrews
Pascal Anson
Roderick Bailey
The Secret Barrister
Marc Bennetts
Dean Burnett
Aine Carlin
Michael Cox
Lizzie Mary Cullen
Jonathan Dean
Emily Dugan
Matthew Green
Keshava Guha
Michael Hughes
Rebecca F. John
Lynne Jones
Anna Krien
Stephen May
Daniel Pick
David Sumpter
James Suzman
Oliver Tearle
Dominic Wilcox
Kit Yates