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Elise Dillsworth

A David Higham Associate

I became a literary agent in 2012. Previously I was a commissioning editor at Virago Press, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group. I co-founded the Diversity in Publishing Network in 2004, which received the New Venture Award from Women in Publishing in 2005. I represent literary and general fiction and non-fiction – especially autobiography and memoir, with a keen aim to reflect writing that is international. My authors have won or been nominated for many awards, including the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Caine Prize, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Edge Hill Prize, Forward Prize, International DUBLIN Literary Award, Republic of Consciousness Prize, T. S. Eliot Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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