About the agency

About the agency

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is a dedicated, passionate and successful literary agency based in the heart of Mayfair, London.

With a fierce reputation for launching authors’ careers, we are a literary agency always looking for new writers for whom we will negotiate significant deals in the UK, US and foreign markets. We have close ties with publishers around the world, and work directly or in partnership with film agents in London and LA, to option Film & TV rights to leading production companies and film studios.

We work with authors across all genres, and have had notable successes in upmarket fiction including crime, book club and psychological suspense. We also handle children’s books, teen, young adult, New Adult and cross-over fiction, as well as exciting new non-fiction authors with a focus on narrative non-fiction, history, self-help, memoir and biography.


The company was founded in 2012 by Madeleine Milburn, one of the top literary agents in the UK. Since graduating from the University of St Andrews with a degree in English Literature and Language in 2004, Madeleine has worked for the independent publishing company Trojan Books in Berlin and the oldest literary agency in the UK where she specialised in foreign rights. Prior to having her own Agency, Madeleine was the Head of Rights and a Literary Agent at the most commercial agency in the UK, handling the rights to three No.1 bestsellers. In 2011, Milburn (née Buston) was chosen as one of the book trade’s Rising Stars in The Bookseller’s first annual feature on the crop of people who will lead bookselling and publishing for decades to come, and in 2017 she was one of a small handful of agents to be included in The Bookseller’s list of the 100 most influential people in the book trade, alongside the likes of J. K. Rowling, Jamie Oliver and the CEOs of the major publishing houses . About Madeleine, they wrote:

Since setting up on her own, Milburn and her team have amassed a stellar list, for whom she is able to secure eye-popping advances. A canter through recent deals includes débutante Melanie Golding’s thriller to HQ for a six-figure suma fierce auction in the UK and US for Annie Ward’s Beautiful Bad and the seven-figure fee garnered for Gail Honeyman last year for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine2017’s bestselling hardback fiction début in the UK. But it would be remiss to suggest it’s just about the quick buck, for Milburn is more about author development, helping YA stars Holly Bourne and C J Daugherty move into adult writing and securing a long-term deal with HarperCollins for C L Taylor