Judy Moir, who began her career at the Scottish Publishers Association and subsequently worked for Canongate and Penguin, has closed her first deal as an agent.
The Death of Lomond Friel, a novel which 'tackles a dysfunctional family at a time of crisis' and which is set on the east coast of Scotland, is written by Sue Peebles. Believes Moir: 'Her lyrical, powerful, utterly spell-binding writing will surely attract a huge readership. This is the first offering from a new agency, and what a privilege it is to have discovered such a rare literary talent.' Chatto's Poppy Hampson believes it has 'the universal appeal of Mary Lawson, Maggie O'Farrell or Gerard Woodward'. (Story in Rights.)
Moir opened the Judy Moir Agency in June, having lost her job following the closure by Penguin of its Scottish office. She joins a small but growing band of Scottish agents, including Jenny Brown and Maggie McKernan, with whom she shares an office.