The Shaw Agency


PIcture credit: Johnny Ring

PIcture credit: Johnny Ring


“Kate is hard-working, supportive and encouraging.”


Susan Elliot Wright grew up in Lewisham in south-east London, left school at 16 and married unwisely at 18. She didn’t begin to pursue her childhood dream of writing until she left her unhappy marriage and went to university at the age of 30.  After her BA she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University.

Susan lives in Sheffield with her husband and a dog called Norman and spends her time writing, teaching creative writing, cooking and socialising with friends and family.

Susan’s powerful contemporary novels about women’s lives have been published to terrific reviews in many languages, shortlisted for prizes and ranked in the Nielsen bestseller chart. 


The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood, Simon & Schuster, 2019; What She Lost, Simon & Schuster, 2017; The Secrets We Left Behind, Simon & Schuster, 2014; The Things We Never Said, Simon & Schuster, 2013.



“Heartbreaking and compelling.”

Daily Express


Woman and Home

“Staggeringly accomplished.”

Veronica Henry



At our very first meeting, it was clear that Kate had already put in hours of work making editorial notes on my novel before I’d even signed with her. She was approachable and enthusiastic, and I knew very quickly that she was the agent for me. In the many years we’ve worked together, I’ve been impressed again and again by how hard-working, supportive and encouraging she is.


Susan writes brilliant stories about loss, secrets and the difficult choices we make; brave, powerful novels that explore dark themes with deep compassion.  She examines relationships, particularly between mothers and daughters, with great understanding and intelligence.  She is also a warm and tireless supporter of fellow writers.