David Luxton Associates is London-based literary agency that specialises in non-fiction. A market leader in sports writing, our list also includes investigative journalism, nature-writing, memoir, history, popular reference and politics.
Founded by David Luxton in 2011, DLA has grown rapidly over the past six years. We work closely with writers, sports personalities, journalists and new and established authors to provide them with outstanding literary representation both in the UK and internationally.
DLA draws on a wealth of expertise to provide literary, film, tv and stage rights representation to our clients. We have introduced new writers from abroad to a British audience, advised and assisted global brands to devise literary strategies for their clients and helped create a number of notable bestselling and prize- winning books.
On the following pages you can find out more about what we do and who we represent. If you’d like to discuss foreign rights representation then please visit the Rights page on this website.
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Butcher, Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep by Peter Cossins
(Yellow Jersey, June 2017)
Full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating, the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair. Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman, said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager, Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache, and amateurs like Jean Dargassies, a blacksmith who had never raced before.
Dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L’Auto, cyclists of the time were wary of this ‘heroic’ race on roads more suited to hooves than wheels, riding hefty fixed-gear bikes for three full weeks. ‘With a few francs you could win 3,000′, the paper declared in desperation, eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era’s professional racers and, among other hopefuls, a butcher, painter and decorator, and a circus acrobat.
Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France’s rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes? Surprisingly it did, and, all thanks to a marketing ruse, cycling would never be the same again. Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s, to see where the greatest sporting event of all began.