Peter Buckman was the youngest member of the editorial board of Penguin Books before moving to New York to be a commissioning editor with the New American Library. He then became a full-time writer, producing books, films, plays, journalism, and many scripts for television and radio.
In 2003 he set up The Ampersand Agency with the family support of The Buckman Agency and the guidance of Peter Janson-Smith, the veteran agent who counted Ian Fleming among his clients. The first writer taken on by Ampersand was Vikas Swarup, whose book turned into Slumdog Millionaire, and among Peter’s other clients are crime writers Quentin Bates and Helen Black, historical novelists J D Davies and Cora Harrison, thriller writers Jamie Doward and Mark Roberts, and non-fiction writers Aris Roussinos and Alex Rogers. Peter also looks after the Estates of Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, John James, and Winifred Foley. He loves a good story, whether fiction or non-fiction, that is peopled by credible characters and told in a distinctive voice, and he’s soppy about happy endings.