Derek Johns

Derek Johns was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Derek Johns began his career in the world of books in the High Hill Bookshop in Hampstead. He then moved to New York, where he became an editor at Random House. On his return to London he was Managing Director of the Bodley Head and later Managing Director of Granta. In 1992 he became a literary agent at A.P. Watt, where he remained until he retired from full-time agenting in 2013. He is the author of a novel, The Billy Palmer Chronicles, and Ariel: A Literary Biography of Jan Morris.

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