Hilary Delamere
Hilary joined Lemon Unna & Durbridge in the early 90s to look after the Paddington Bear titles and to build her own book list. She worked for several different publishing houses including Rights Director at Penguin Children’s Books before becoming an agent. She is now a partner at the Agency and continues to represent Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear alongside a wide range of children’s book authors and illustrators from pre-school books to YA novels - handling their publishing deals alongside their film, TV and stage rights.
Jessica Hare
: rbrown@theagency.co.uk
Jessica joined The Agency's children's books department in early 2017. She studied Classics at the University of Edinburgh and turned her mind to publishing after working as a TA at a primary school, followed by work experience placements at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Arcadia Books, Four Colman Getty, Felicity Bryan Associates and Rogers, Coleridge & White. Jessica began agenting in 2020 and continues to work together with Hilary Delamere, looking after the department's authors and illustrators.
Children’s Book News & Blog

MIKE FALLS UP in Guardian’s best new books roundup

Mike Falls Up written by Candy Gourlay and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros has been included in Imogen Russell Williams’ roundup of theFull story »

Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We hope that your holidays are full of joy. Many thanks to Kate Read for her wonderful illustrationFull story »

CHILDREN OF THE STONE CITY by Beverley Naidoo acquired by HarperCollins

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired Beverley Naidoo’s first novel in over a decade: CHILDREN OF THE STONE CITY. Naidoo’s newFull story »

WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD lands development deal with Tiger Aspect

Tiger Aspect Kids & Family has signed a development deal for bestselling adventure picture book series What the Ladybird Heard.Full story »

ENDGAME publishes 20 years after NOUGHTS & CROSSES

Today’s publication of ENDGAME, the remarkable final instalment of Malorie Blackman’s ground-breaking NOUGHTS & CROSSES series, marks 20 years sinceFull story »

S&S Children’s to publish Finn Longman’s ‘deliciously dark’ YA debut

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books has acquired a ‘deliciously dark’ speculative series from new YA debut author Finn Longman. THEFull story »

TEN DELICIOUS TEACHERS and THE BOOK CAT feature in Guardian Children’s roundup

Ten Delicious Teachers by Ross Montgomery and Sarah Warburton (Walker) is described as ‘funny and irreverent’ in the Guardian’s recent children’sFull story »

NOUGHTS + CROSSES to Return to BBC For Second Series

We are delighted that the BBC has announced today that a second series based on Malorie Blackman‘s landmark novels willFull story »

PADDINGTON: THE STORY OF A BEAR Exhibition at the British Library

A new Paddington exhibition will be opening at the British Library this summer. Paddington: The Story of a Bear opensFull story »

WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD heads to West End for summer season

The stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ bestselling picture book What the Ladybird Heard will be Live on Stage in theFull story »

BBC Books to publish THE ESSENTIAL TERRANCE DICKS COLLECTION

Terrance Dicks was at the heart(s) of Doctor Who for over 50 years – from joining production of The InvasionFull story »

Macmillan Children’s Books signs up new picture book series, GUARDIAN ANGELS

Macmillan Children’s Books has acquired Guardian Angels, a new picture book series by bestselling author Lucinda Riley and her son,Full story »

Folio Society reveals Spring 2021 collection: NOUGHTS & CROSSES among special editions

This week the Folio Society has unveiled eleven beautifully produced hardback editions which make up its Spring 2021 Collection. MalorieFull story »

Malorie Blackman receives special achievement award for NOUGHTS & CROSSES

Malorie Blackman has received a special achievement award to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first novel in her ground-breakingFull story »

WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD World Book Day 2021 title

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks, The What the Ladybird Heard Story Play is one of 2021’s specialFull story »