Sam Avery, a quasi rock star in his 'youth' and a stand-up comedian ever since, started a blog when his twin boys were born to share his parenting jubilations and tribulations. Within months he had won Best New Blog at the MAD awards and saw his devoted Facebook following skyrocket.
He has been featured in the Mail online, the Lad Bible, Netmums, The i Paper and Liverpool Echo and makes regular appearances on BBC 5 Live and BBC 6 Music. You can download a new episode of his 'Things I Learned' podcast every week on iTunes.
His first book, Confessions of a Learner Parent, was published by Seven Dials in October 2017.
Sam Avery is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Emma Barnett is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. She presents The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live from 10am-1pm and also regularly presents Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. She was named the Radio Broadcaster of the Year 2018 by the Broadcasting Press Guild for her agenda-setting interviews with key figures shaping our times - from the Prime Minister to Melinda Gates.
Emma also hosts Sunday Morning Live, the weekend TV debate programme on BBC One and has previously presented BBC's News Night and The Andrew Marr Show.
She was named the PSA's Political Broadcaster of the Year in 2017.
Prior to joining the BBC, Emma was the Women's Editor for The Telegraph - where she founded and created Telegraph Women.
Emma currently writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times and, away from writing and broadcasting, is the patron of Smartworks - a charity helping economically disadvantaged women get back into work through interview training and outfit coordination to make the best first impression.
Her ‘taboo-busting’ book titled Period., which aims to remove the stigma and myths that surround the female body, was acquired by HQ earlier this year. It is set to be published on 5th September 2019.
Robert Caskie manages Emma Barnett’s literary career in association with Anita Land Ltd.
Guy Browning is a long-standing humorous columnist and commentator for The Guardian and he also writes the Sidestroke cartoon for The Sunday Times. On the professional side, Guy started working as an advertising copywriter at Darcy Masius Benton and Bowles, and then went on to be Creative Director of The Added Value Company, Europe’s largest marketing agency. He founded his own company Smokehouse in 1997, an innovation agency specialising in new product and service development. He is an international conference speaker on creativity and innovation.
Guy has written many books on business and humour - although the dividing line is not always clear. His most recent book, My Life in Lists, was published by Square Peg in June 2017.
Guy Browning is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
An award-winning writer and journalist, Carla was the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post in the UK, bringing the global news powerhouse to British shores in the summer of 2011.
During her time with HuffPost, she was twice named Editor of the Year at the Online Media Awards, and Media Innovator of the Year at the British Media Awards. She has also been included in Management Today’s annual 35 Under 35 list and The Drum’s Top 50 Female Innovators.
Specialising in opinion journalism, women's rights, fashion, travel and consumer behaviours, she has also held senior roles at Marie Claire and within Condé Nast's digital division.
In 2015, she left traditional media behind to take up a new role at Global Chief Content Officer at the world’s largest trend forecasting company, WGSN, and now spends a significant portion of her life, suitcase in hand, travelling between their worldwide offices. Instead of reporting on the here and now, today she is focused on predicting how we’ll behave, eat, live, dress and think in tomorrow’s world.
When on dry land, she has popped up on Newsnight, the Today programme and Sky News, and is a regular contributor to Channel 4’s What Britain Buys series.
While she might help mega brands predict their own future trends, she still takes hours deciding what to wear each morning.
Carla Buzasi is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Lorraine Candy is the Luxury Content Director for The Sunday Times and Editor in Chief of Style magazine. She was previously Editor in Chief of ELLE magazine for 12 years. During her career as a journalist and editor, she has worked as Editor in Chief at Cosmopolitan and Features Director of The Times newspaper.
She wrote a playful weekly parenting column for The Daily Mail’s Femail for six years called ‘I don’t know how I do It” and has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Mail, The Radio Times, Good Housekeeping and The Sunday Times as well as regularly interviewing celebrities for covers for the award winning ELLE magazine.
She regularly writes on her adventures in fitness, being a mum of four, fashion and feminism. She has a large social media following: Twitter 105k, Instagram 25k, Facebook 10k and regularly gives talks on a variety of subjects of interest to women. She has presented at the Mumsnet Conference and hosted many ELLE events interviewing women live on stage, including Melinda Gates.
Lorraine appears regularly on TV and radio including Newsnight, the BBC’s Nine O’Clock news, This Morning and Anne Robinson’s Secret Britain as well as Radio Four’s Today programme and Woman’s Hour.
She is on the media advisory board of the children's charity Theirworld and also on the membership council of the Tate art galleries.
Lorraine Candy is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Michael was born in the East End of London and through mishap and luck went on to star in Oliver at the age of 12 in London’s West End. He left full time education soon after.
His successful career in films and television lead him on to become infamous as the man who delivered the first gay kiss on British television. While starring in EastEnders for three years as Colin, he took up the tabloid and right-wing challenges in the Thatcher years and campaigned against the stigma of AIDS and HIV, and the anti-lesbian and gay law section 28. He became founder and chair of the LGBT equality group Stonewall. Michael’s love of acting gave way to his pursuit of equality and Civil Liberties and he was elected to the European Parliament, as well as the Labour Party National Executive, where he achieved many notable successes.
He stepped down from elected politics in 2014, was awarded the CBE, became Labour’s LGBT Global envoy and was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Cashman of Limehouse in 2014, where he still champions and defends equality in the UK and beyond. His partner and husband of 31 years died four days before he entered the House of Lords.
Michael Cashman’s first book is currently on submission in the UK.
Awards include: Special service Award from the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University: Commander of British Empire (CBE). Lifetime Achievement Award, European Diversity Awards, Pink News Awards 2014, Stonewall Politician of the Year 2014, Honorary Freedom of the City of London 2016, Honorary Life Membership from British Equity 2017.
Michael Cashman is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Jackie Clune is a writer, actress and singer who lives in East London. She has published numerous features for the Guardian (Weekend magazine), the Daily Mail (Femail), the Mail on Sunday (YOU magazine), the Observer, the Independent, Redmagazine, and the Scotsman. In 2012, she had her own column in Top Sante magazine.
In 2004, she published her first novel Man of the Month Club (Quercus UK, Penguin USA) and in 2006 she published Extreme Motherhood - The Triplet Diaries (Macmillan, serialised in Femail). She has just written a monologue for BBC2 and is currently writing a one-woman play. She is a regular contributor to the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2, and has also contributed to various BBC Radio 4 arts programmes (Front Row, Woman's Hour, Loose Ends).
She is the mother of four children, including a set of naturally conceived triplets, and is currently writing her second novel for the young adult market.
Jackie Clune is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Marc Hamer grew up in the North of England. After spending over a year homeless as a young man, sleeping rough and wandering the countryside, he studied fine art in Manchester and Staffordshire and began to write poetry and short stories.
He has worked in chicken shops, a steel works, the railway, art galleries, as a magazine editor and taught art and creative writing to young prisoners before becoming a gardener which he has enjoyed being now for many years. Marc has been published in a variety of journals. He has lived with his wife in Wales for over thirty years.
Marc’s memoir How to Catch a Mole is being published in the UK by Harvill Secker on 4th April 2019, and has been acquired by 12 other countries worldwide.
Marc Hamer is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Eddie Mair is, by his own account, one of Britain’s most beloved broadcasters.
Born in Dundee, Scotland, he has worked in radio all his adult life. From the foothills of commercial radio in his hometown, through the sunlit uplands of the BBC in Scotland, he has reached the peaks of his profession, with BBC network radio in London.
In addition, he’s appeared on most of the BBC’s TV channels, including ones that are no longer on TV. He witnessed the handover of Hong Kong and once asked Arnold Schwarzenegger a question –though he takes no responsibility for either.
For nearly twenty years he has been at the helm of Radio 4’s PM: a nightly news round-up that means Eddie works for just one hour a day, giving him plenty time to knock together these diaries.
Eddie’s other work, as a humanitarian and tireless, secret worker for charity is not mentioned here. His diaries, titled A Good Face For Radio, were published by Little Brown in November 2017.
Robert Caskie manages Eddie Mair’s literary career in association with Anita Land Ltd.
Her twitter feed describes her as nosy as f**k. A useful quality given Kate’s first book, Losing It: How We Popped Our Cherry Over The Last 80 Years (published by Icon Books), was the result of conversations with people of all ages about their loss of virginity. It later became a play in London’s Covent Garden.
Kate has written about sexuality, masculinity & relationships for The Guardian & The Independent. She has been the Writer in Residence at The Royal Chelsea Hospital, collating wartime experiences from its famous military residents. She also conducts a flippant ongoing investigation into modern masculinity via the Big Guy Small Dog Blog.
Kate has used her interviewing powers to create content for Pret a Manger and consulted for Durex, Smile Makers, Discovery Channel & Tunstall Healthcare on a variety of subjects including sex, food, gender, old age & curiosity.
Kate Monro is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Jo Monroe has twenty years’ of experience as a journalist and editor writing for Time Out, TV Times, The Observer and The Times. She started her career as a showbiz reporter on the Daily Mirror and then spent ten years working as a TV critic.
In 2005 she worked as a ghost writer collaborating with Duncan Bannatyne on his autobiography Anyone Can Do It, which made the bestseller charts in hardback and paperback. Although she has concentrated on business-related books, her interests are wide-ranging, from the TV and celebrity fare of her early career, to politics, travel, social history and sport.
Jo Monroe is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Born in London in 1968, Chris has never really felt the urge to live anywhere else. After joining the BBC in his twenties, he worked for several years as a radio comedy producer. Since then, he has been a comedian, on and off the radio; a newspaper and magazine columnist; and writer and voice actor for children’s animations. A second series of Chris' comic memoir, Woof - One Man's Search For A Dog Or A Boyfriend, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2018.
Audio rights to his new non-fiction book, What Is This Thing Called, Love?, were acquired by WF Howes.
Chris Neill is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Stephanie Rafanelli is a writer, editor and journalist who has been nominated for both a British Press Award and a Royal Television Society Award for documentary direction. She is currently based between Los Angeles, London and Tuscany.
The former features director of British Harper’s Bazaar, Stephanie has also worked for The Guardian, Telegraph magazine, Saturday Times magazine, Mr Porter, Porter, Times Luxx, Observermagazine, The Evening Standard, ES magazine, Telegraph Ultratravel, The Sunday Telegraph’s Stellamagazine, Telegraph Culture, The Financial Times, Elle, Red, Conde Nast Traveller, Elle Decoration, Departures and High Life.
She specialises in in-depth long-form interviews with actors, artists, musicians, directors and writers and interesting characters from all walks of life. Her interviewees have included Al Pacino, Jodie Foster, Bjork, Dolce & Gabbana, Sarah Lucas, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Cara Delevingne, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Sir Ian McKellen, Marion Cotillard, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor, Sam Smith, Jenny Saville, Salma Hayek and Kiki Smith.
Stephanie was nominated for Interviewer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2016. She also writes features on serious issues (especially those relating to women), travel, reportage, and opinion pieces.
She is currently writing her first novel.
Stephanie Rafanelli is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
One of Britain's best known lifestyle journalists, Kate Spicer's 25 year career has seen her published in all of the British broadsheets, the middle and mass market tabloids, most glossy magazines and sometimes foreign press, including the LA Times.
With a compelling and amusing writing style, she has been the first to report and comment on social and cultural trends, like LA’s Size Zero culture, and often digs into apparently glamorous and unsavoury subcultures, like the Cocaine Yogi. She also documents amusing and explicit truths about her life, including her childlessness, that has made her a popular voice of a certain generation of women. For stories, she has run the Marathon des Sables, swum both the Bosphorus and the Solent and cycled the Etape Caledonia. She currently writes regularly for The Financial Times, Sunday Times, Evening Standard and Daily Mail.
During the early noughties she reviewed local restaurants for the Evening Standard, and subsequently provided regular cover on the Sunday Times when the great AA Gill was away. For many seasons she was one of the regular critics on all the Masterchefs.
Spicer has had several successful forays into broadcasting, including two consistently popular TV documentaries about beauty and diet culture and a critically successful feature documentary, Mission to Lars, which was released into cinemas in all major global territories.
She lives in London and is an ambassador for the learning disability charity Mencap, a patron of the safeguarding charity The Ann Craft Trust, as well as a fundraiser for Médecins Sans Frontières.
Kate Spicer’s new memoir, Lost Dog: A Love Story, is being published in the UK by Ebury on 18th April 2019.
Kate Spicer is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Ece is one of Turkey’s best-known novelists and political commentators, and has also been published in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel.
During her twenty-year career as a journalist, and before she lost her job due to political oppression, she was twice recognized as Turkey’s most read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media. Originally educated as a lawyer, she gave the Freedom Lecture as a guest of Amnesty International and Prince Claus Foundation. She has also given speeches at Oxford, London School of Economics, Harvard University and the House of Commons. More recently she has appeared on the BBC’s Imagining the New Truth series.
She has lived in Lebanon, Tunisia and France, and was a visiting fellow at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. Her books have been published in nineteen countries. Her most recent novels are Women Who Blow on Knots - publishers include Parthian Books (UK), Hoffmann und Campe (Germany), Editions Jean-Claude Lattes (France), Spider & Fish (Italy) and Rod & Co (Denmark) - and The Time of Mute Swans - publishers include Skyhorse Publishing (US), Hoffmann und Campe (Germany) and Rod & Co (Denmark).
Ece also wrote a non-fiction book titled Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy - publishers include Zed Books (UK), Hoffmann und Campe (Germany), Horizon Books (China), Walkers Cultural Enterprise (Taiwan), Ksiazkowe Klimaty (Poland) and Corint (Romania).
4th Estate will publish Ece Temelkuran’s new book, How to Lose a Country: The Seven Warning Signs of Rising Populism, which dissects the global rise of populism and the downfall of democracy, in the UK on 7th February 2019.
Ece Temelkuran is represented by Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Louis Theroux's documentaries follow his attempts to get to know the people at the heart of some of the world's - and especially America's - most controversial and fascinating lifestyles.
In a career spanning nearly two decades, he has interrogated the engrained criminals at San Quentin prison; lived with the extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church; gambled with the high-rollers at a Las Vegas mega-casino, and stalked game with trophy hunters on South Africa's wild animal farms.
Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation before being signed up by the BBC to make his own series, Weird Weekends, about unusual American subcultures. In 2000, he began a series of specials about intriguing British public figures, including one featuring disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile and another which saw him live with the disgraced Tory minister Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine as they were falsely accused of rape and subjected to a media siege.
Since then, he has immersed himself in numerous documentaries, spending more than a month in Miami for a two-part series about the inmates at one of America's most violent jails, revisiting his 1997 documentary about the world of male performers in Twilight of the Porn Stars and visiting one of the best schools in America for autism in Extreme Love: Autism.
Louis' feature-length documentary "My Scientology Movie" was released in the UK in Autumn 2016 and was the highest-grossing theatrical release documentary that year.
Louis is currently filming his next documentaries for the BBC both here and in the US.
Louis’s programmes have won numerous accolades including two Baftas and an RTS award and are shown all over the world. He also writes for print publications.
His 2005 travel book about some of his adventures, The Call of the Weird was re-published by Pan Books in March 2018 with some additional material.
Pan Macmillan are set to publish two new books by Louis Theroux, the first of which, described by Louis as a “forensic and thoughtful appraisal of my life and career”, will be published in 2019.
Robert Caskie manages Louis Theroux's literary career in association with Anita Land Ltd.
Very British Problems
Rob Temple, the man behind Very British Problems, has an English and Philosophy degree from Nottingham and has been a journalist for a decade writing for national newspapers and men’s mags.
He started @soverybritish in December 2013 and now has over 4M followers. Crippled by social anxiety, he enjoys writing about being awkward because it’s therapeutic to read comments which assure him that he’s very far from alone when it comes to awkward behaviour.
Rob Temple’s first book, Very British Problems, was published in the UK in Autumn 2013 by Little, Brown, and Very British Problems Abroad, followed in September 2015. In October 2017, Very British Problems III was also published by Little, Brown.
The television show, Very British Problems, based on the Twitter feed, aired on Channel 4 in August 2015. His merchandising range is produced by Papanui and greetings cards by Woodsmansterne.
Very British Problems is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Curious Zelda is the partnership between Zelda, the Internet’s most beloved cat, and her owner Matt Taghioff. Matt adopted Zelda in 2014 following an intense staring match at the rescue shelter. She charmed him with her weird habits and permanently spooked expression, which he couldn't resist documenting online. With her signature wide-eyed look and bizarre poetry, @CuriousZelda has attracted a following of over 85,000 on Twitter.
Their first book, The Adventures of a Curious Cat,will be published by Sphere in November 2019.
Curious Zelda is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.