The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency has appointed David Haviland to build a fiction list, with the agency having previously specialised in non-fiction.
It is the first appointment in 25 years for the agency, which is also looking to take on placing UK rights for American and Australian agencies.
Haviland is an experienced writer, ghost writer, and editor who has written books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin, Piatkus and Little, Brown. He also previously worked in advertising and held management roles at television companies Simply Money and Sirius Television.
At Andrew Lownie, he will have a broad remit covering all genres of fiction, but is particularly interested in crime, thrillers and adventure stories. Agency founder Andrew Lownie said: "David has been working with me for the past eight years as both editor and author in his own right and he was the obvious choice when I decided to expand the agency - the first appointment in twenty-five years."
He added: "He has a very good and commercial eye and is an excellent and conscientious editor who knows how to really bring out the best in a book. I'm thrilled that he has joined the agency."
Haviland said: "I'm delighted to be joining Andrew in this new and exciting role. The agency has established a fantastic reputation in non-fiction, as the UK's leading non-fiction dealmaker on Publishersmarketplace, with a long list of bestselling authors. I'm aiming to bring similar success on the fiction side, and I've already signed up some extremely talented writers."