Laura Cecil has been an agent for 45 years and was the first specialist children’s agency in the country.
Her clients have included many major names such as Jonathan Stroud and Emma Chichester Clark. She has also managed several notable estates, including those of Edward Ardizzone and Philippa Pearce.
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David Higham Associates (DHA) has bought Laura Cecil’s agency as she prepares to retire.
Cecil plans to retire at the end of 2017 after 45 years as a literary agent. She started her agency for children’s books in the 1970s and one of her first big breaks was to be invited by Edward Ardizzone to represent him. She also had early success with children’s fiction when she became Diana Wynne Jones’ agent soon after starting her company. Cecil has continued to represent both authors and artists and had bestsellers with books such as Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy and the Blue Kangaroo series by Emma Chichester Clark.
Anthony Goff, m.d. of DHA, said Cecil is “universally admired for her taste and judgement” and that DHA is “very proud” to be taking on the agency. The amount paid for the agency was not disclosed.
“Laura Cecil was the first specialist children’s agent in this country and is universally admired for her taste and judgement,” said Goff. “We are very proud that Laura has entrusted us with the care of her enviable backlist and current roster of outstanding clients….”