About Us

Leslie Gardner
Leslie Gardner

Leslie Gardner co-founded Artellus Ltd in 1986 after extensive work at American publishing houses, London Management, Columbia Pictures and The National Theatre. She handles writers internationally for fiction, non-fiction, film and periodicals. Leslie set up critically acclaimed TV drama 'Tenko'; after editorial work with Salman Rushdie she landed a deal for Midnight's Children; she worked closely with Anthony Burgess during his career and handles the estate of eminent writer of spooky stories, Robert Aickman. Leslie Gardner holds an MA from the University of Iowa’s International Writers Workshop and a PhD in Rhetoric. Recently Leslie was made a visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychoanalysis at University of Essex.

Gabriele Pantucci
Gabriele Pantucci

Gabriele has his post-graduate degree from Bocconi, in economics, and LSE. He works for various Italian periodicals as liaison, specializing in literary journalism from all angles while focused primarily on British and American writers. He has a full roster of international authors including 15 years working with Anthony Burgess during the most productive years of the author’s career. He founded Artellus Ltd with Leslie Gardner in 1986.

Darryl Samaraweera
Darryl Samaraweera

Darryl studied English Literature at Christ’s College, Cambridge and worked briefly as a freelance copywriter before joining Artellus. His interests include literary fiction, social history, travel and cookery. Darryl had his first novel, 'Vicky Had One Eye Open', published in 2008 and was short-listed for a World Book Day prize.

Jon Curzon
Jon Curzon

Jon graduated with first class honours in literature from The University of Kent, where he specialised in modern American literature. His interests include literary fiction, narrative non fiction told in an interesting and revelatory way, and illustrated non fiction proposals. Jon also liaises, alongside Gabriele, for the Italian press. His background is in editorial consulting, and he continues to work as a freelance editor.

Angus MacDonald
Angus MacDonald

Angus studied History at King's College, Cambridge and joined Artellus in 2012. From his coastal base in Falmouth he works as Social Media Chief and Agent-at-Large. Angus handles both Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Illustrative projects. The @Artellus Twitter account is also his responsibility and home to much haiku-ing, wordplay, and bookish banter.

Raffaello Pantucci
Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello has a BA in Literature from the University of Manchester and an MA in War Studies from King’s College, London. He has worked for over a decade at think tanks in London, Washington and China, and has written widely for the academic press and media on topics related to terrorism, China and China’s relations with its west. His writing can be found on his own blog, he also edits the site China in Central Asia. He sometimes tweets: @raffpantucci. Raffaello acts as Consultant at Large for Artellus Ltd.