With my partner Peggy Brusseau, I've written or co-written some two dozen books, including some No. 1 bestsellers here in the UK. I became an agent over a decade ago. Most agents are either former publishers or inherited the family business; my own perspective of having previously been a professional writer informed my agenting and gave me a unique insight into what writers actually want from their agent. And before all that I ran an advertising agency, which gave me bags of broad-based, commercial rough-and-tumble experience. Founding Litopia was one of the most satisfying things I've ever done!
Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat. Because I'm fairly Edwardian, really.