Listed by the Observer as one of “Our top 50 players in the world of books”, Clare previously worked as an editor at Random House, before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. Reading is her hobby as well as her profession and she loves literary and literary/commercial novels, memoir, powerful YA, outstanding fiction for children, short stories and exceptional voice-driven non-fiction. Areas of special interest are history, nature and art and she also enjoys reading comic books. Clare is passionate about finding original voices and loves working with new writers. She looks for strong, unique perspectives and dark humour across both fiction and non-fiction.
Between them Clare’s clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK including the Man Booker Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Novel Award, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the E M Forster Award, the Prix Femina, the John Llewllyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Arthur C Clarke Award, The PG Wodehouse Award for Comic Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
If you’re interested in submitting to Clare please email her assistant Matt Marland in the first instance. To confirm, due to the volume of material we receive your work will most likely be read by our dedicated reader in the first instance.
Assistant: Matt Marland