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Anastassia Lester founded her agency in 1999 and has been working between London, Paris and Moscow for over 20 years, specialising in the representation of French titles in Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia. In 2015, Laura Karayotov joined the agency to develop the representation in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic countries. In 2019, they both decide to take a next step in their collaboration and the agency become SAS Lester Agency and Associates.

Over the years, we have promoted and contributed to the success abroad of several prominent French authors, such as: Francoise Bourdin, Juliette Benzoni, Maxime Chattam, Jean Echenoz (prix Goncourt 1999), Mathias Enard (prix Goncourt 2015), Anna Gavalda, Laurent Gaudé (prix Goncourt 2004), Jean-Christophe Grangé, Jean-Michel Guenassia, Christian Jacq, Pierre Lemaitre (prix Goncourt 2013), Marc Levy, Agnès Martin-Lugand, Guillaume Musso, Amélie Nothomb, Katherine Pancol, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Didier Van Cauwelaert (prix Goncourt 1994), Éric Vuillard (prix Goncourt 2017), Bernard Werber...

We also represent a keen selection of Non Fiction titles, especially in History, Social Sciences, Current Affairs and Documents.

Another big part is the representation of Children's Illustrated books and Young Adult/Juvenile Fiction, as well as Self Help and Lifestyle titles, thus offering our foreign publishers the latest trends.

We attend attend all major international book fairs (Frankfurt, London, Bologna, Moscow) and also target our specific markets, lately in Warsaw, Prague, Ljubljana and Sofia.

For Russian and Ukrainian territories and languages, the Agency is actively working with the classical works of Francoise Sagan, Henry Miller, Maurice Druon, André Maurois, Nina Berberova, Boris Vian, Henri Troyat, Alain Robbe-Grillet. For the same languages the Agency follows a long term collaboration with 2 Seas Agency (USA) - http://2seasagency.com and Susanna Lea Asst (Paris-London-New York) - www.susannalea.com

In addition, the Agency has a list of Russian and Ukrainian speaking writers and collaborates with the Wiedling Literary Agency - www.wiedling-litag.com (Germany) and occasionally with others agencies such as the Banke-Goumen-Smirnova Agency (Russia) www.bgs-agency.com.
and aims in the near future at developing a larger network to represent Eastern European writers worldwide.

Further information in our representation list.

Download our two representation lists of Publishers and Agents from our Agency catalogues page.

The Agency’s Primary Objectives:

  • Put French speaking authors in the Eastern European bestseller list
  • To find loyal readers for every book of my clients catalogues.
  • Promote french brands for children and YA
  • Add Eastern European authors to French Publishers’ catalogues