Matthew Hamilton is leaving Aitken Alexander Associates to set up his own literary agency.
Hamilton, who started his career as a publisher at Bloomsbury and has worked for and in partnership with Aitken Alexander Associates for more than 12 years, said launching his own company has been a “long held ambition”.
The Hamilton Agency opens its doors in March and will be based in Michelin House in South Kensington. The agency will represent writers of non-fiction, with a particular interest in politics, music and entertainment, as well as literary fiction.
Hamilton said: “When I became a literary agent I couldn’t have asked for better mentors than Clare Alexander and the late Gillon Aitken. But starting up my own company has been a long held ambition of mine. I’m excited that the time is right to do it.”
The Hamilton Agency will continue to represent Hamilton’s roster of authors, including Ben Brooks, whose Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different (Quercus) won Children’s Book of the Year at the 2018 National Book Awards, and Douglas Murray, author of the international bestseller The Strange Death of Europe (Bloomsbury Continuum).
Hamilton’s other political writers include Paul Mason and parliamentary sketch writers John Crace and Quentin Letts. He also represents the psychotherapist and former England cricket captain Mike Brearley, comedian and travel writer Dom Joly, publisher Andreas Campomar and biographers Keiron Pim and Paul Willetts.
His music list ranges from Shaun Ryder to Cosey Fanni Tutti, Barney Hoskyns to Mick Wall. His literary fiction list includes Yaba Badoe’s Carnegie Medal nominated A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars (Zephyr), Harry Parker's Anatomy of a Soldier (Faber) and Adelle Stripe's Gordon Burn Prize shortlisted Black Teeth and a Beautiful Smile (Fleet). Hamilton has recently taken on three Twitter phenomena: the artist Cold War Steve, the radical poet Titania McGrath and the memoirist Seamas O’Reilly.
Lesley Thorne at Aitken Alexander Associates will continue to represent film and television rights for Hamilton’s clients, following successful adaptations such as the BBC drama of Lisa Lynch’s The C Word (Arrow). Intercontinental Literary Agency (ILA) will represent translation rights for all of The Hamilton Agency’s clients, except for three long-standing clients of Aitken Alexander, who will continue to be handled by them.
Alexander said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with Matthew over the years, and we wish him every success in his new independent venture.”
Hamilton can be reached at: email@example.com.