Darley’s day: veteran agent discusses Child, Cole and defying the literary critics

Darley’s day: veteran agent discusses Child, Cole and defying the literary critics

It is a golden autumn afternoon and Darley Anderson strolls into The Goring with something of a spring in his step. The Belgravia hotel is old-school posh—it was a favourite haunt of the Queen Mother, and the Middletons stayed there during Kate and Wills’ wedding—but a revamp has opened the dining room onto the garden, which Anderson looks out at with approval.

"Do you garden?" he asks. "I love it. But it is very time-consuming; it never stops. And when you first start out, like agenting, it is tough to tell the weeds from the flowers."

Anderson is in good spirits as he has just come from...

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