Maggie Noach - Obituary

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Maggie Noach | Obituaries | Guardian Unlimited Books

I was shocked last night to discover, while reading The Guardian, that the literary agent, Maggie Noach, died last month following minor surgery.
News of her death must have first circulated while I was away in Sweden, and I have not been to any London events since my return. Still, I am surprised to have found out about it in this way.
I didn't know Maggie in her younger days, but can imagine the picture painted by Julia Eccleshare in her obituary is accurate enough. She was, indeed, one of the more colourful figures in children's publishing and I shall miss her. She always made a point of speaking to me at launch events, and not just to spread the word about her clients, though she did this well.

Always an extrovert, Maggie was fast and fashionable. She had her own car - a Mini - as soon as possible. Driving it, she would distract other drivers by air guitaring to the Rolling Stones in traffic queues. Her heels were always high and her glasses often sparkly. She epitomised the fun side of publishing, although she was a tough negotiator when it came to her authors' contracts...

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