Picador's Kidd becomes agent

<p>Andrew Kidd is to depart Pan Macmillan to join literary agency Aitken Alexander. Kidd joined Pan Mac in 2002 as Picador publisher, and added a brief as Pan Mac fiction publisher at the start of 2006. He was previously with Hamish Hamilton and succeeded Peter Straus, who also left to become a literary agent, joining RCW.</p><p>Kidd&#39;s authors at Picador have included Booker Prize winners John Banville and Alan Hollinghurst. He has overseen Picador&#39;s high-profile plan to release new work in simultaneous hardback and paperback formats from later this year. He said: &ldquo;My years at Pan Macmillan have been the most exciting and enjoyable of my professional life. In the end, the prospect of a new challenge proved irresistible, but I will miss my Pan Macmillan friends, and the extraordinary authors with whom it&rsquo;s been my great privilege to work, more than I can say.&rdquo;</p><p>David North, m.d. of Pan Macmillan, added: &ldquo;Andrew has been a wonderful colleague and it is very sad to see him leave. However I&#39;m delighted that we will be able to continue to work with Andrew and to benefit from his judgement as we engage with him in his new role as a literary agent.&rdquo;<br />He is likely to leave the publisher April to take up the new role at Clare Alexander and Gillon Aitken&#39;s prominent literary agency.</p>