Milly Reilly

I’ve been working at JULA since 2017, and I represent literary fiction and a broad range of non-fiction.

I’m on the look-out for informed, well-written non-fiction that challenges us to think and live critically and imaginatively. 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 excited by writing that interrogates what it means to tell the story of a life. I love working with authors to consider deeply the different and generative ways of presenting a story, argument, or idea within their writing. Examples of non-fiction books that I admire include Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, Lola Olufemi’s Feminism Interrupted, Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark, Juno Mac and Molly Smith’s Revolting Prostitutes, Amia Srinivisan’s The Right to Sex, and Margo Jefferson’s Negroland.

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 whose novels I love are Zadie Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Yaa Gyasi, Sheila Heti, Arundhati Roy, Ross Raisin, Helen Oyeyemi, and Meena Kandasamy.

Milly is currently only accepting non-fiction submissions.