Emma Paterson joined Aitken Alexander Associates in 2018 after five years at Rogers, Coleridge & White. Before that, she worked at The Wylie Agency. In 2018, she was selected as a Bookseller Rising Star.
She is looking for literary fiction and non-fiction. In fiction, her preference is for character-driven novels and short stories with a strong sense of place and atmosphere, and work which demonstrates an energetic engagement with the world we live in now. She is drawn especially to the formally ambitious, the radical, the darkly comic and the suspenseful. Good examples of her taste include Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, In the Cut by Susanna Moore, and Beloved by Toni Morrison. Recent fiction highlights include Elaine Castillo’s America Is Not the Heart, Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From, Chris Power’s Mothers and Sharlene Teo’s Ponti.
In non-fiction, her tastes are broad. She is particularly interested in cultural history and social justice, and keen to discover journalists and experts writing in both areas, but she is equally stimulated by business, lifestyle or beauty books which offer a fresh angle on a popular topic, such as Otegha Uwagba’s bestselling Little Black Book or Funmi Fetto’s forthcoming beauty bible for women of colour, Palette.
Emma also represents a small number of poets.