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Peter Tallack

Peter studied genetics at University College London before spending a decade on the editorial staff of Nature, where, among other things, he edited the commentary and book review sections. In 1998 he was appointed publishing director of Weidenfeld and Nicolson at Orion Publishing, commissioning many acclaimed popular science titles. Three years later he joined the London-based literary agency Conville and Walsh as an agent and a director. He founded the Science Factory in 2008 in the United Kingdom, relocating it a few years later to Hamburg, Germany. A published author himself (In the Womb, National Geographic, 2006), he has also written book reviews for many publications including The Sunday Times, Daily TelegraphNew Statesman and The Economist and was editor of The Science Book (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001). 


Tisse Takagi

Tisse joined the Science Factory in 2014. Previously an editor at Basic Books and Oxford University Press, she is looking for well-written explanatory and narrative nonfiction that changes how we see the world. She’s especially interested in books at the intersection of science and culture, including natural and environmental history, history of science, parenting, psychology, biography, issue-driven memoir, and reportage. She is also drawn to books on philosophy, music, dance and food. She has BA in English from the University of Chicago and lives in New York City.


Jeff Shreve

Jeff worked as an editor at W. W. Norton before joining the Science Factory. In science, he is drawn to astronomy, physics, genetics, neuroscience and biology (for a start), and is also interested in business, technology, health and self-improvement. In short, he loves books that help readers grow, by giving them new knowledge, new perspectives and new tools to change their lives. He has a BA in music from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.


Louisa Pritchard

Through her company Louisa Pritchard Associates, Louisa sells international rights on behalf of the Science Factory. She has been a crucial part of our agency from its inception, providing us with what is effectively an in-house rights department and working closely with our authors to build successful long-term careers for them around the world. Louisa has more than 20 years of experience in selling rights in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. She attends the London, Frankfurt and Turin book fairs each year and also make regular trips abroad to visit translation publishers in their offices. She deals direct in most international markets but work with carefully selected sub-agents where appropriate. Before founding LPA, she worked as head of rights at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, foreign rights director at Orion Publishing  and senior rights manager at Random House. She lives and works in London.

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