Alex Franks has joined the Donaghy Literary Group as a Junior Agent. Prior to joining DLG, Alex worked as a bookseller and book club collector organizer at The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, as well as a freelance editor for mysteriouspress.com and proofreader for Europa Editions. He also worked as an editorial intern for both Europa Editions and Grove/Atlantic, Inc. He has written regularly for Kirkus Reviews and Foreword Reviews, primarily about independent and self-published works.
Alex studied English literature and philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he focused on Ancient philosophy and the early Victorian novel and graduated with honors. He continued his studies at the University of Edinburgh to earn an MSc in Modernism and Postmodernism; his master’s thesis addressed the anti-modernist movement and austerity in the post-WWII years of the United Kingdom, particularly concerning the works of Kingsley Amis.
A seasoned traveler, Alex enjoys literature with a sense of place, in addition to well-formed characters and carefully paced plots. Small details can make or break a reader’s immersion in a text, and he is always looking out for writers who understand the idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms of the counties and regions about which they write. Additionally, he loves comic fiction, though prose quality and plot take precedence in consideration.
Alex is currently building his client list.
Alex enjoys a wide range of modern authors, including Edward St. Aubyn, Donald Ray Pollock, Daniel Woodrell, Martin Amis, and Tom Perrotta.
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