Greyhound Literary

Charlie Campbell

Charlie represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, both literary and commercial. He is looking for original work and to build long-lasting and significant careers for his clients.

His first job in the books world was at Literary Review, where he reviewed both fiction and non-fiction and became deputy editor. After three years he moved into agenting, first as a maternity cover at Johnson & Alcock, before moving to Ed Victor Ltd, where he spent ten years, building his list and learning from one of the greatest literary agents in the business. He also worked on the film and TV side there, as well as handling audio and speaking engagements for the agency’s clients.

He set up his own agency in 2014, believing that independent companies have a vital role in launching new talent. In 2022, Sam Edenborough joined as Rights Director and we renamed the agency Greyhound Literary. Their focus is on books with international appeal, with early successes including Victoria Belim’s extraordinary memoir The Rooster House.

Recent fiction that he loved include Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain, a bleak and tragic story written with such warmth and love for its characters that the reader cannot help but be uplifted; Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer; anything Jonathan Coe writes; likewise Gwendoline Riley. And he is always on the lookout for humour. 

In crime and thriller, Philip Kerr’s novels starring Bernie Gunther set the standard. Gunther is a Berlin police detective struggling to remain untainted in 1930s Germany and rubs shoulders with prominent Nazis. The depth of research is remarkable and yet the narrative never sags under its weight. He also loves Jane Harper, Mick Herron, Michael Connelly and SJ Parris.

This may not be a golden age for travel writing, but Charlie would love to find a modern successor to Norman Lewis, with the same eye for the absurd. Otherwise in non-fiction, he is keen on sport – Al Alvarez’s The Biggest Game in Town is a stone-cold classic. Andre Agassi’s Open set incredibly high standards for other sports stars (and Prince Harry). Also, anything resembling John Lanchester’s writing on economics for the LRB. His outsider’s eye and ability to communicate the complexities of finance outweigh the fact that he hasn’t worked in the sector for decades. And Patrick Radden Keefe’s New Yorker article about the death of a teenager in London was one of the most extraordinary pieces of writing he has read recently. 

What Charlie would most love to find is a book to change people’s minds and make them consider issues slightly differently, at a time when we need this perhaps more than ever. Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black was one such book, with its searing and sensitive portrayal of a medium and the suffering in her past.

Lastly he believes that every list should have one book quite unlike any other. Leanne Shapton’s Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris: Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry remains one of the most unusual and brilliant books he’s seen published in recent years. It’s the story of a relationship told from start to finish in a fictional auction catalogue of the couple’s possessions. He hopes he will always be open to a submission like this.

Charlie's Clients

 Guy Adams  - Author
Guy Adams
Guy Adams
K Anis Ahmed - Author
K Anis Ahmed
K Anis Ahmed
Becky Alexander - Author
Becky Alexander
Becky Alexander
 Moeen Ali  &  Tanya Aldred  - Author
Moeen Ali & Tanya Aldred
Moeen Ali & Tanya Aldred
  Authors CC  - Author
Authors CC
Authors CC
 Victoria Belim  - Author
Victoria Belim
Victoria Belim
SJ Bennett - Author
SJ Bennett
SJ Bennett
Edward Brooke-Hitching - Author
Edward Brooke-Hitching
Edward Brooke-Hitching
Andy Bull - Author
Andy Bull
Andy Bull
 Jen Campbell  - Author
Jen Campbell
Jen Campbell
Bonnie Chung - Author
Bonnie Chung
Bonnie Chung
David Collins - Author
David Collins
David Collins
Zoë Colville - Author
Zoë Colville
Zoë Colville
 Duncan Crowe  &  James Peak  - Author
Duncan Crowe & James Peak
Duncan Crowe & James Peak
Iain Dey - Author
Iain Dey
Iain Dey
 Adam Fergusson  - Author
Adam Fergusson
Adam Fergusson
Jamie Fewery - Author
Jamie Fewery
Jamie Fewery
Rebecca Front - Author
Rebecca Front
Rebecca Front
 Tom Gabbay  - Author
Tom Gabbay
Tom Gabbay
Ian Garner - Author
Ian Garner
Ian Garner
Julian Gough - Author
Julian Gough
Julian Gough
 David Higgins  - Author
David Higgins
David Higgins
Will Hill - Author
Will Hill
Will Hill
 Thomas W. Hodgkinson  - Author
Thomas W. Hodgkinson
Thomas W. Hodgkinson
Nicholas Hogg - Author
Nicholas Hogg
Nicholas Hogg
 Iain Hollingshead  - Author
Iain Hollingshead
Iain Hollingshead
 Andrew Hosken  - Author
Andrew Hosken
Andrew Hosken
 Simon Jones  - Author
Simon Jones
Simon Jones
 Paul Levy  - Author
Paul Levy
Paul Levy
Bonnie MacBird - Author
Bonnie MacBird
Bonnie MacBird
 Shingi Mararike  - Author
Shingi Mararike
Shingi Mararike
Katie Marsh - Author
Katie Marsh
Katie Marsh
 Hugh Matheson  &  Christopher Dodd  - Author
Hugh Matheson & Christopher Dodd
Hugh Matheson & Christopher Dodd
 Neil McCormick  - Author
Neil McCormick
Neil McCormick
 Anthony McGowan  - Author
Anthony McGowan
Anthony McGowan
 Barry McKinley  - Author
Barry McKinley
Barry McKinley
 Moin Mir  - Author
Moin Mir
Moin Mir
 Anton Mosimann  - Author
Anton Mosimann
Anton Mosimann
 Rebecca Myers  - Author
Rebecca Myers
Rebecca Myers
 Edvard Radzinsky  - Author
Edvard Radzinsky
Edvard Radzinsky
 Sue Ransom  - Author
Sue Ransom
Sue Ransom
 Amy Raphael  - Author
Amy Raphael
Amy Raphael
 Andrea Stuart  - Author
Andrea Stuart
Andrea Stuart
 Jo Thompson  - Author
Jo Thompson
Jo Thompson
 Tom Tivnan  - Author
Tom Tivnan
Tom Tivnan
Hana Videen - Author
Hana Videen
Hana Videen
 Kate Vigurs  - Author
Kate Vigurs
Kate Vigurs
 Wendy Wason  - Author
Wendy Wason
Wendy Wason
 Sioned Wiliam  - Author
Sioned Wiliam
Sioned Wiliam
 Mike Woodhouse  - Author
Mike Woodhouse
Mike Woodhouse