Jonathan began his career as a publicist for books, before moving to Curtis Brown where he was a foreign rights executive, then an agent's assistant, and eventually a senior agent.
During five years in the latter role he represented a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writers, including: Brian Aldiss, Nina Bawden, The Estate of Malcolm Bradbury, Frederick Forsyth, David Lodge, David Mitchell, Philip Ziegler and Gore Vidal.
After twelve years at Curtis Brown in all, he pursued an ambition to establish his own business. Many former clients transferred to JPLA, and Jonathan has continued to acquire new clients selectively whilst maintaining an ethos of dedicated service to existing clients.
Jonathan's current areas of interest are:
Fiction: literary fiction, thrillers and quality commercial in general.
Non-Fiction: current affairs, memoir and biography, history, popular science, nature, arts and culture, lifestyle, popular psychology.
Jonathan also works in association with an extensive network of agents who specialize in translation rights, US, TV and film rights, to ensure that each client's best interests are catered for on an individual basis in all markets throughout the world.
He is a full member of the Association of Authors' Agents.
If you're a writer thinking of contacting Jonathan about representation and want to know about his approach to agenting, you might find it helpful to read this article from Writers Market UK 2009.