Chris Wellbelove has been promoted to director at Aitken Alexander Associates two years after joining the agency.
The agent, who focuses on literary fiction and non-fiction, will join the board in January 2019. He joined Aitken Alexander in February 2017 from Greene and Heaton and his titles range across popular science, nature writing, memoir, sport and history.
"In recognition of his swift and significant contribution to the growth of our business, Aitken Alexander Associates are pleased to announce that Chris Wellbelove will be joining the board of directors in January 2019,” Clare Alexander said.
Wellbelove's clients include the youngest ever author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker, Everything Under novelist Daisy Johnson, bestselling award-winning author The Secret Barrister of the debut of the same name, Dylan Thomas Prize-winner Kayo Chingonyi and winner of the Guardian First Book Award Andrew McMillan.
His deals over the last year include Idle Hands by James Suzman, sold in 16 territories; The Maths of Life and Death by Kit Yates, sold in 19 territories; Immortal by Andrew Steele, sold to Bloomsbury in the UK and Doubleday in America; Civilised by Fernanda Pirie, sold to Profile in the UK and Basic Books in America; and, most recently, Johnny, The Man from the Future, by Ananyo Bhattacharya, which has been sold to Allen Lane in the UK and to Norton in the US.