In bored moments, I have been known to google for literary agents who might want to take me on. I’m building up a shortlist of possibles before deciding who to plump for first. I was a bit taken aback by some of the draconian submission guidelines on agents’ websites, until I read the following from one agent’s blog, indicating what his ‘slush pile’ of unsolicited manuscripts looks like each day.
About Caroline Shenton
Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London, and before that was a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it 'microhistory at its absolute best' while Dan Jones considered it 'glorious'. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barryís War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine and was described by Lucy Worsley as 'a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful'. During 2017 Caroline was Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library.