Sophie Gorell Barnes


Currently focused on Middle Grade Humour and Authentic Characters

Sophie studied theatre and television and worked as a freelance television researcher for several years on factual programmes. She has also written children’s books for Macmillan Education, reviewed theatre and worked on magazines as a sub editor. She joined MBA at the end of 1993 and moved to agenting original and talented children’s writers, working on picture books, early readers, middle grade and YA fiction. Other interests include adult non-fiction (particularly lifestyle books such as cookery, design, MBS and craft).  Sophie also agents writers for theatre and handles audiobook rights for MBA. She is looking, in particular, for slick and humorous middle grade fiction.


Clients of Sophie Gorell Barnes

Sufiya Ahmed


Sufiya Ahmed was born in India and arrived in the UK as a baby. She …

Noga Applebaum


After years of reading about rock buns and homemade lemonade, Noga ventured from her native …

Vivienne Bolton


With over a dozen titles to her name, Vivienne Bolton is a prolific writer of …

Sita Brahmachari

Author | Playwright

Sita’s remarkable debut book ARTICHOKE HEARTS (Macmillan 2011) won the Waterstone’s Prize 2011  and won …

Johnny Carrington


Johnny’s life is all about drama – whether teaching it -Head of Drama at Testbourne …

Natasha Desborough

Author | Scriptwriter

Natasha was born on the summer solstice in Wimbledon which makes her part hippy and …

Mahny Djahanguiri


Mahny Djahanguiri was born in Switzerland to a British mother and Iranian father and spent …

Christopher William Hill

Author | Playwright

MBA is proud to represent Christopher William Hill for his series of four books TALES …

Andy Jones


Andy Jones lives in London with his wife and two baby girls. By day, he …

Fiona Longmuir


When not working for UCL as an admissions officer, Fiona is a lifestyle blogger, web …

Antonio Mendez


Antonio was born in 1971 and lives in New York City where he has worked …

Rebecca Promitzer


Rebecca Promitzer trained as a scriptwriter at Goldsmiths. Her film and television credits included THE …

Jan Stradling


Jan Stradling spent several years as a primary school teacher before moving into the world …

Danny Sturrock


Danny Sturrock works at Oaklands as the Drama Departments Theatre Technician. He has been an …

Mimi Thebo


Mimi Thebo is an American of Cajun descent, now living and working in England. She …

Sheryl Webster


With a degree in English and Psychology, Sheryl worked as a primary school teacher before …

Mark Wheeller


Although Mark’s name is not well-known outside schools and colleges, he is one of the …