Marina loves upmarket commercial, book club and accessible literary fiction in all its forms – from twisty crime and thrillers to smart rom-coms and epic, sweeping love stories to historical fiction – and is actively looking to take on clients in this area.
She is looking for strong hooks, compelling writing, unforgettable characters and books that provoke genuine emotional reactions. She would love to be sent more books that make her laugh out loud or move her to tears, and is particularly looking for novels with great concepts at their core (think The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary or This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens).
She is especially fond of a clear one-line pitch, as well as plot twists, a-ha moments, chemistry that leaps off the page, feminist threads, the list goes on . . . In the dynamic, but increasingly crowded crime and thriller genre, she is looking for something that feels fresh and distinct – this could be a great setting (like in The Sanitorium by Sarah Pearse) or the atmosphere of a Jane Harper novel. And while she isn’t looking for straight sci-fi or fantasy, she has a soft spot for books that are threaded with myths and folklore, or that have a speculative or magical edge. One of her favourite novels of all time, for example, is The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and she also loved The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett.
Books she has loved recently include Hostage by Clare Mackintosh, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, Malibu Burning by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts and everything by Jojo Moyes.
Marina joined The Soho Agency in 2016, after working for several years in the editorial departments of Little, Brown and HarperCollins. She has a rare insight into the publishing industry – in addition to her agenting work, she is also a published author, and has studied creative writing at the Faber Academy.
Marina is a trained copyeditor and proofreader – and takes spelling and grammar far too seriously. She also oversees the agency’s social media, as well as working with authors on building their channels.