About Us

The Lennon-Ritchie Agency is an internationally-focussed literary and rights agency based in Cape Town South Africa.

We offer individualised care and personal attention.  We are dedicated to our writers in all aspects of their careers, and are committed to fostering and supporting both established and emerging writers.

The Lennon-Ritchie agency also sells International, subsidiary, and Film/Television rights for Penguin Random House South Africa, Pan Macmillan South Africa, Jonathan Ball Publishing, and Duck Creek Press, New Zealand.

We represent a select group of international writers of literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature. Our award-winning books include the 2021 Giller shortlisted and the 2019 winner of the Sharjah best international book award THE SON OF THE HOUSE by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (Dundurn Press, North America; PRH SA; Parresia Nigeria; Antares, Armenia; Europa Editions UK; Edizioni E/O Ita; Kalimat, Arabic); the 2019 Sunday Times Fiction Prize-winning THE THEORY OF FLIGHT by Gloria Siphiwe Ndlovu (Penguin Random House SA; Catalyst Press US; Trinta Zero Nove, Moz; Aser al-Kotob, Arabic); and the winner of the 2020 SALA awards and the 2020 Humanities and Social Sciences best novel award, LACUNA by Fiona Snyckers (Picador Africa; Europa Editions US, UK). Our acclaimed YA authors include Maya Fowler (ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, Kwela) and Helen Brain (The YA ELEVATION/FIERY SPIRAL Trilogy, NB Publishers SA; Catalyst Press US). Ground-breaking genre writers include Fred Strydom (THE RAFT and THE INSIDE OUT MAN, Umuzi SA; Skyhorse Press US; Davids Canton Productions).


Aoife (pronounced Eefa) Lennon-Ritchie is looking for commercial fiction, smart speculative fiction, contemporary middle grade and YA fiction, and crime and thrillers. A strong point of view and a compelling, pacy story are essential. Underrepresented voices preferred.  Regretfully, no poetry, no short stories, no rhyming children’s books, and no scripts.  

Fourie Botha is looking for literary fiction and upmarket/bookclub fiction and narrative non-fiction and memoir. Beautiful writing at the sentence level is essential.

If you would like to contact our agents about your work, please first read our submission guidelines here, and then approach the agent you feel is most likely to respond to your work.

The Lennon-Ritchie Agency no longer represents screenwriters and directors; our sister agency Torchwood is a literary agency for film and television representing screenwriters, directors, and producers worldwide.