The French Connection

We specialise in B2B agenting for publishers, with a focus on selling foreign rights to France; and for French publishers into the UK.

Recent sales — French language rights sold for Virago to La Table Ronde, Paris, in On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life, Lesley Blanch, (translated by Lucien d'Azay, 2018); the sale of French language rights to Anne Carrière, Paris, in Thinking Inside the Box, Louis Saha (Du Quartier aux étoiles, 2012), was facilitated for The Blair Partnership.

Writers' Estates

Recent Sales

Negotiating and finalising the sale of the Lesley Blanch archive of letters, photographs and other memorabilia to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, USA, in 2016;
US & Canada rights sold in collaboration with United Agents in Journey Into The Mind's Eye, Lesley Blanch, to New York Review of Books Classics, New York, 2018;
WEL rights sold in Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places, Lesley Blanch to Quartet Books, London, June 2017.

Contacts for the Lesley Blanch Literary Estate — Film, TV & Theatre rights queries: Giles Smart at United Agents e: jthomas@unitedagents.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3214 0867. Translation rights: Alice Natali at Intercontinental Literary Agency e: alice.natali@ila-agency.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0)207 379 6611 Fax: +44 (0)207 379 6790; for anything else please use the Permissions Form.

Elton Mayo's The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization and The Social Problems of an Industrial Civilization (including The Political Problems of Industrial Civilization) are in print with Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (UK) | buy Human Problems | buy Social Problems

WEL rights in Pierre Janet sold to Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (UK) and Harvard University Press (USA) | buy now | 19 August, 2013 | 144pp GBP 14.99 | 978-0415730228

Reprint rights were granted in 2014 to PreMediaGlobal, 4 Collins Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA for the inclusion of Chapter 3 The Hawthorne Experiment, Western Electric Company from Elton Mayo's The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization in textbook Classics of Organization Theory, 8e, by Shafritz, published by Wadsworth-Cengage Learning | buy now | 31 January 2015 | 496 pages GBP 117.00 | 978-1285870274

Gael Elton Mayo's three volumes of autobiography and six novels will be reissued in print and digital formats via BookBlast™ ePublishing in 2017-18.


Philip Mann

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Born in Hanover, Germany, Philip Mann moved to England in 1988 where he acquired a degree in the History of Art (First Class Honours). He went on to work with the Archigram group of architects, curating their major retrospective in Vienna in 1994. Since then he has written for various publications, notably Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Vogue. He is often invited to lecture about matters sartorial-dandiaecal in Vienna, New York, Bern and, of course, London. Mann has worked intermittently on what has become The Dandy at Dusk since 1998. It will be published by Head of Zeus in October, 2017.


Ed Evans

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Ed Evans has a BA in Ancient History and an MPhil in Arabic and Oriental Studies from Oxford University. He has worked in the U.S. Senate for former Vice President Joseph Biden. Always travelling between worlds, writing fiction has kept him company on the road. He settled in Tel Aviv after meeting his wife and went back to university where he obtained a Creative Writing MA at Bar-Ilan. That experience led to his doctorate on Shakespeare's Mirrors, on which he is currently working, when not looking after his daughter; cooking, reading and writing.


M. V. Diboll

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M. V. Diboll was a motorcycle courier in and around Bermondsey, London, during the 1970s, and edited the anarcho-punk fanzines No Real Reason and Toxic Graffity. He became interested in The Koran in the 1980s and contributed to The Crescent International, but eventually went into higher education as a mature student. In the early 1990's, Diboll studied at the American University in Cairo; returned to London; and received his PhD in 2001. He holds a First in Modern Languages, majoring in Arabic, and lectures/researches in Comparative Literature in the Middle East. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous media publications, and academic works released by Routledge and the University of Manchester Press. He is married with two children.


Rupert Bogarde

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Rupert Bogarde worked in the film industry before heading off for France to renovate a 12th century chapel in the Pyrenees which he ran with his first wife as a holiday centre for young diabetics, until her disappearance in 1993, the basis of his memoir, Daybreak into Darkness. He now lives in Hampshire with his wife, the pianist Sophie Roper-Curzon, and their five children. Read More
Rupert's daughter, Jasmine a.k.a. Birdy, won a national music competition, UK IDOL, (Open-Mic), age 12. She is now 16 and is signed to Atlantic records and has sold over a million albums to date.




Singer and novelist, Mounsi, was born in Algeria and aged seven was sent to live with his father, a factory-worker, in the Parisian suburb, Nanterre. He discovered the poetry of Francois Villon and turned to writing in borstal. His mother tongues are Kabyle and Arabic, but he writes in French.
The author of five novels, award-winning The Demented Dance (La noce des fous) is published by Blackamber. He is working on a novel and a screenplay. Read More


Writers' Archive

Onyekachi Wambu

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Born in Nigeria in 1960, Onyekachi Wambu arrived in the UK after the Biafran war. He was Editor of the leading Black newspaper, The Voice, at the end of the 1980s. As a TV producer and director he has made documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. He is currently director of The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD).

Wambu's first groundbreaking publication was Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain (ed.), selected as a key title in the 'Well Worth Reading' national scheme promoting literature in libraries in 1998-99. A second book, Under The Tree Of Talking: Leadership For Change in Africa, (ed. Wambu) was commended by The Rt Hon. Neil Kinnock as being, "a rare and significant achievement." Read More


Jamika Ajalon

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Born in St Louis, Jamika Ajalon moved to London where she received an MA in Cultural Theory & Media from Goldsmiths. Her short stories have been anthologised in Kin (Serpent's Tail) and Afrekete (Doubleday, NY). Her poetry has been published in the collections Bittersweet (Serpent's Tail), Modern Love (Renaissance 1) and Velocity (Black Spring Press).

As a performance poet, she has appeared with the Urban Poets, Tony Allen Band, The Shrine, in LIFT and numerous DJs as well as solo at London venues and across Europe. Her lyrical collaboration with French dub group Zenzile, influenced by roots dub poetry and afro-beat music, was a fruitful one, covering twelve years and eight albums. Her first solo album Helium Balloon Illusions was released in France in 2007. She formed Jamika & the Argonauts in 2016. Read More


DJ Tov

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DJ Tov secured a place at INF Clairefontaine, but had to stop playing football at 16due to a knee injury. He turned to music, his other passion, and was first DJ to introduce Garage music to Paris circa 1992. He hosted regular clubs in the French capital, inviting and spinning alongside Armand Van Helden, CeCe Rogers, Robert Owens, Blade (Jestofunk), Laurent Garnier, Keoki. As a producer, he worked with Mory Kante, IAM, Judge Jules, Charlie Hall.

Having contributed a piece, Lost in Music, to XCiTés – the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, he went on to edit Le Foot – the Legends of French football. Read More


S. I. Martin

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S. I. Martin is an historian, journalist and teacher, specialising in Black British history and literature. His landmark novel, Incomparable World, is based around the Black community living in Covent Garden in the 18th century. This was followed by Britain's Slave Trade which accompanied Trevor Phillips’ series for Channel 4.

His popular walking tours of London demonstrate "500 Years Of Black London," and his work with London schools and various Museums promote knowledge of Black British history. Read More