The Asia Literary Agency was founded in Hong Kong in 2013, at the tail end of the year of the dragon.

We represent Asian authors, experts on Asia and writers living in the region (with a few notable exceptions). We sell English-language rights direct, and when not selling direct elsewhere, we use a network of sub-agents.

In March 2016 we celebrated our three-year anniversary by launching our London-based office, from where we travel regularly back and forth to Asia.

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.

Also represented by Kelly Falconer:

Sandra Navidi is a financial expert whose first book: The Titans: Super-Hubs and the Financial Networks that Rule the World was an immediate bestseller in Germany in 2016 and will be published by John Murray / Hachette in January 2017.

Warwick Woodhouse served in the British armed forces as an officer for 19 years. His debut novel The Verglas File – a crime thriller – will be on submission in summer 2016.

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