Thomas leaves Johnson & Alcock to launch own agency

Thomas leaves Johnson & Alcock to launch own agency

After six years at Johnson & Alcock, Becky Thomas has departed to launch the Lewinsohn Literary Agency (LLA) taking her clients, including Kae Tempest, Dean Atta and Hollie McNish, with her.

Thomas started her career in the rights department at Faber in 2005, before moving into agenting at Abner Stein, WME and Fox Mason. She joined Johnson & Alcock in 2015.

At LLA, there will be a focus on literary and reading group fiction, memoir, pop culture, narrative non-fiction and essays that are “genre and format-defying”. It will also specialise in live work, crossing over with the poetry and theatre scenes, podcasts and broadcast, music and film. Authors joining her at the new agency include Tempest, McNish, Atta, Sabrina Mahfouz, Justin Myers and Gemma Cairney.

Thomas explained: “The agency is named after, and as a tribute to, my maternal Jewish refugee line, and I want to continue my commitment to represent those who write from the margins, elevating them to critical and commercial success, with an ethos of legacy, inclusivity and hard work.

“I’ve been hugely supported by Johnson & Alcock but at the 16-year anniversary of my career in publishing, and a decade as an agent, the time feels right to emerge from lockdown and go it alone. Despite the massive strains placed on my authors during the pandemic, they are flourishing and my list more than holds its own.”

Johnson & Alcock m.d. Anna Power said: “We’ve had six happy years with Becky as an associate agent at Johnson & Alcock, and in that time she’s developed a distinct and impactful list of brilliant authors. We’ll miss our pal very much, especially as we return to office life, but we’re excited to see what she does at her new agency. It’s sure to fly.”

Thomas will be joined by Saliann St-Clair as operations manager and hopes to expand further once in office premises. US and TV/fim rights will be handled directly, and translation rights will be handled by Blake Friedmann. She can be reached at becky@lewinsohnliterary.com.