Eugenie Furniss is leaving the agency she founded to join management and production company 42 as a literary agent.
Furniss is joining the London office to create a books division representing international authors in fiction and non-fiction. She will bring a roster of best-selling authors with her and has a particular interest in stories that translate to the screen. The move comes after her clients’ work was adapted for hit shows like the BBC’s “Call the Midwife”, “Hotel Babylon” and ITV series "Mr Selfridge".
Furniss had previously run the book division of Furniss Lawton, an agency she set up seven years ago after a long stint at WME. The agency has now been rolled into YMU, the newly-named James Grant Group. Rowan Lawton is continuing in her role there as literary agent and director.
Furniss said: “From the moment I first walked in the door I was struck by 42’s energy and dynamism. That fact, coupled with the extraordinary talent that they represent, convinced me that there was no better place for my authors to engage with all the developments we’re seeing across screen and stage.
“Representing their interests in the publishing world will remain my core business, but I hope to see more of my authors' works being adapted into different media and, with the guidance of the team here, will also be encouraging those that are interested to learn, to write for other forms too.”
The company’s upcoming projects include three films in post-production - Cold War thriller “Ironbark” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, “Military Wives” starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan and “In the Shadow of the Moon” featuring Michael C. Hall and Boyd Holbrook.
Partner and literary manager at 42, Cathy King, said: “We are incredibly happy that Eugenie is joining us. She is a hugely talented, highly respected representative with wonderful clients. Her presence here, with her particular knowledge, expertise and the very special writers she works with, makes this undoubtedly a very significant and exciting development for the 42 team.”