Literary agent Toby Eady has died at the age of 76.
Eady passed away on 24th December.
David Higham Associates made the announcement, saying: "With great sadness we have to announce the death of our colleague, Toby Eady. Toby was a maverick, a passionate champion of his authors and advocate of their work.
"He started his agency in 1968 and Bernard Cornwall was his first client. Among the authors he went on to represent were Rachel Seiffert, Patrick Marnham and John Carey. He was notable for having a strong international perspective, specialising in writers from China (including his wife, Xinran, and Jung Chang’s Wild Swans) and from the Middle East.
"Our thoughts are with Xinran and his family."
A full obituary will follow in The Bookseller at a later date.