David Godwin was a publisher for many years, working at Heinemann, Seckers and then Cape and then created his success by personally securing writers such as Graham Swift and Ben Okri.

In 1995, he decided he didn’t fit in the new cooperate feel of publishing and became a literary agent instead, beginning David Godwin Associates alongside his wife Heather. Seventeen years later, the agency is based in Covent Garden, and despite only having five members of staff, it is one of London’s leading agencies with a diverse and impressive set of writers from Booker Prize Winners Aravind Adiga, Arundhati Roy, to well-known biographers Richard Holmes and Claire Tomalin and poets such as Simon Armitage and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Additionally, David’s career progressed in an unexpected direction in 2011, when tried his hand at writing and had his own book Breaking Eighty published. It’s a short memoir about his life and golf.

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