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, 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 Allison DeFrees in the first instance. We read all of the submissions we are sent, but due to the volume we receive it may take us up to three months to get back to you.
Please note that Clare is not currently accepting children’s books on submission.
Assistant: Allison DeFrees