Laetitia Rutherford

Literary Agent

Laetitia represents a wide variety of authors, reflecting her many interests and broad publishing background.

In Fiction, Laetitia is looking for outstanding literary novels; crime and thrillers; and reading group page-turners. ‘In Literary Fiction, I look for something in the voice that stands out and touches a nerve, or strikes a chord of humour or beauty. I also love a powerful sense of place, and am drawn to bold, creative approaches to structure and the way a writer handles the telling. I love a novel with a clear and pressing subject, which explore a particular word or question moral or other assumptions, and I love cracking story-telling, even better if it brings fresh insights to stories we might think we know.

In Crime and Thrillers, at the moment, I am looking for novels that tend a little upmarket, with unusual lead characters, and possibly something a little high-concept or that bends the genre a bit.

Novels I have particularly loved recently include Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant, and Lullaby by Leila Slimani. I also adored Patti Smith’s Just Kids and love this kind of memoir, born of long insight into a special world. And I love a high-octane, smartly written thriller like Riley Sager’s Final Girl.’ 

In Children’s and Young Adult writing, Laetitia is looking for voice above all, underpinned by hooky ideas, and loves a strong and emotional sense of place. In Non-Fiction, Laetitia goes for popular, contemporary subjects, loves an engrossing personal Memoir, and is particularly growing in the Lifestyle area – including parenting, and all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Laetitia grew up in London and holds literature degrees from Oxford and from Goldsmiths Universities. Her career in books started as a Marketing Executive for Fiction at HarperCollins, giving her a strong foundation in how publishing works and hands-on experience of how to run smart campaigns. She joined the pioneering small independent agency Toby Eady Associates in 2003, becoming a literary agent and later director of the agency. In search of wider commercial experience, she moved to Mulcahy Conway Associates in 2009, expanding her list of literary authors to include genre fiction and commercial Non-Fiction, for example A Friend Like Ben: The Cat Who Came Home for Christmas, which started out as a tabloid story. Laetitia joined Watson, Little in 2013, attracted by its long-standing reputation and its ability to work with authors across so many areas, and with its close set-up with film, TV, theatre and radio agents, to grow each writer’s potential across as many platforms as possible.