Alexander Larman Biography

Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is an author and journalist. His most recent book, The Crown in Crisis (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2020) is a revelatory history of the abdication saga, using new and previously unknown material to tell the thrilling untold story of the political and legal machinations that led to Edward VIII’s renunciation of the throne.

His previous books include Byron’s Women (Head of Zeus, 2016), an ‘anti-biography’ of the famous poet that focused on nine of the key women in his life, Restoration (Head of Zeus, 2016), a social and narrative history of the year 1666, and his debut Blazing Star (Head of Zeus, 2014), a critically acclaimed biography of the decadent poet and courtier Lord Rochester.

After studying English at Oxford, from where he graduated with a First, he began a career on titles such as the Observer, New Statesman and GQ. Alexander continues to write for a wide range of publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Critic, BBC History Magazine, The Spectator and The Chap. 

As an editor and ghostwriter, Alexander has worked on a variety of publications. They include Written In History (Simon Sebag Montefiore, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019), Francis I: Maker of Modern France (Leonie Frieda, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018), Prime Minister Corbyn (ed Iain Dale and Duncan Brack, Biteback, 2016), Original Man (ed Patrick Grant, Gestalten, 2014), Dandy In The Underworld (Sebastian Horsley, Sceptre, 2007) and Richard by Kathyn (Kathryn Apanowicz, Virgin 2007).  

Alexander regularly appears at a variety of literary festivals and public events, most recently at the National Portrait Gallery to discuss Byron. He lives in Oxford with his wife Nancy and daughter Rose.


How I Found the Agency

After I felt that I had reached the end of the road with a former agent, a mutual friend introduced me to Andrew with the promise that ‘there’s nothing better than an agent who writes as well, because he can offer you the sort of in-depth advice and feedback that publishers can’t – or won’t – give you these days.’ His suggestion has proved an invaluable one. Andrew’s patience, good humour, carefully considered advice and unrivalled knowledge of all aspects of the publishing trade have been very useful from a career perspective, and make him an agent that one is delighted to work alongside.


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