Milly Reilly

I’ve been working at JULA for three years, and I’m actively building a list of non-fiction and fiction authors.

I’m looking for non-fiction that’s informed, personal and tells a story, be that about issues widely discussed or those not talked about enough. Topics that interest me include human behaviour, illness and medicine, art, cultural criticism, comedy, food, and the social and political. I represent memoir and narrative non-fiction, and I’m particularly drawn to writing that interrogates what it means to tell the story of a life. Examples of non-fiction books I admire are Leïla Slimani’s Sex and Lies, Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Juno Mac and Molly Smith’s Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights, and Sigrid Rausing’s Mayhem.

When it comes to novels, for me it is all about people. I’m interested in character-driven stories that are brutally honest, ones that delve deep into inner lives and the ways people reveal themselves in friendships, families, and romantic relationships. I like a story that deals with darkness and complexity but is not without hope, and writing that’s playful, poetic and unjudgmental. Some authors I love are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Sheila Heti, Arundhati Roy, Ross Raisin, Helen Oyeyemi, and Meena Kandasamy.

I don’t represent sci-fi, crime, children’s or YA.