About Kelly Falconer

Prior to founding the agency, Kelly Falconer was an editor of fiction and non-fiction, working in-house and as a freelancer for publishers including Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Virgin Books, Constable & Robinson and Granta Magazine, as well as for agents and for a prominent literary scout. In 2012 she was the literary editor of the Asia Literary Review, and has contributed to the Financial Times (FT), the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) and the Spectator.

Her interest in Asia was sparked by her kindergarten art teacher, who married a Korean artist and introduced her to a world of sliding rice-paper screens and the use of slippers for indoors as a matter of course. At six she learned how to use chopsticks from her Vietnamese school friend, Agnes Than, whose family had fled their war-ravaged country. Before her career in publishing, Kelly spent a few years working as a cryptologic linguist, specialising in the Korean language.

About Thalia Suzuma

Thalia joined the ALA in 2018 and comes to the agency with a background as an editor, working for publishers including Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, and with authors including Cecelia Ahern, Lauren Weisberger, Tony Parsons and Barbara Taylor Bradford, et al.

Thalia has also worked at Bloomsbury Qatar, where she headed up the English language list and acquired books in translation. In 2014 she moved to the Middle East to publish prize-winning authors such as Saud Alsanousi and Mai Al Nakib, aiming to diversify the types of narrative available to an English-reading audience.

Thalia and Kelly met, appropriately enough, at the Jaipur International Literary Festival, and bonded over a shared desire to work with writers from across the globe, with a real variety of backgrounds and stories to tell.

Thalia is looking for commercial fiction from around the world – including Asia and beyond.

You can reach Kelly and Thalia on admin@asialiteraryagency.org

Also represented by Kelly Falconer:

Mark Mobius is a renowned, much-lauded economist and emerging-markets guru. He has been a key figure in developing international policy for emerging markets, has served on the World Bank’s Global Corporate Governance Forum as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group and as co-chair of the Investor Responsibility Taskforce. His latest book, The Inflation Myth, is published in German, with publication in Chinese and Japanese pending.

Sandra Navidi is a financial expert whose debut: Super-Hubs: The Financial Elite and Their Networks that Rule the World was an immediate bestseller in Germany in 2016, and published with the most glowing endorsements by Hachette in January 2017. Other foreign rights deals include translation into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian.

Warwick Woodhouse served in the British armed forces as an officer for 19 years. His debut novel, Verglas – a historical crime thriller – is being prepared for submission in spring 2020.

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