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Matthew Hamilton was Editorial Director at Fourth Estate, a classy literary imprint of HarperCollins and Publishing Director at Bloomsbury, the largest of the UK independent publishers, and was also a member of the plc board at the same company.

Switching to agenting in 2008, he has built a list that centres on literary fiction, memoir and politics and – in more popular vein – music and sport. You can get a fuller flavour of his list by sampling some of his clients as follows:

  • In sport, Hamilton has handled work by cricketer Mike Brearley, footballer Ledley King
  • In music, Hamilton represents music writers (or musicians), Martin Aston, Luke Bainbridge, Paul Brannigan, Graeme Thomson, Alan Clayson, Shaun Ryder, James Nice, Steve Hackett, Irmin Schmidt and his band Can, the Frank Zappa estate and others. He also represents Chloe Combi, a writer and researcher into “Generation Z”, and music-oriented ghost writers such as Stephanie Cross
  • In business and how to, he represents the marketing guru, David Cavanagh
  • John Crace, the Guardian political sketch writer and humourist is a client

He doesn’t handle much fiction – music is by far the dominant theme of his list – but he’s represented authors like Clara Salaman (Actress in TV’s The Bill and author of Shame On You, a book about a girl being brought up in a cult). We suspect that Hamilton mentions literary fiction and politics as he’s anxious to somewhat re-balance his list away from music, so he might well be a good port of call for people writing in those areas who want an agent with Hamilton’s depth of publishing experience.



Detailed data

Agency:
Aitken Alexander Associates
Agent since:
2008
Short biography:

Matthew started his career at Bloomsbury, where he set up the paperback division and went on to become Publishing Director and a member of the PLC Board. He's particularly interested in literary fiction, suspense, narrative non-fiction, music, comedy and sport.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, History, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Enjoys literary fiction, suspense, narrative non-fiction, music, comedy and sport. His authors include Luke Bainbridge, Paul Brannigan, Andreas Campomar, John Crace, Simon Day, Dom Joly, Benjamin Moser, Shaun Ryder, and Paul Willetts.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission
Other advice and background:

Matthew is particularly keen on non-fiction (including from journalists) but advises, "The first question a journalist turning book author should ask themselves is why is this a book? What is it about this that demands it be told in so many thousand words?

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@mwhamilton
Interesting links:
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/matthew-hamilton/18/309/477
Clients:
Kester Aspden, Martin Aston, Yaba Badoe, Luke Bainbridge, Marcia Barrett, Mark Blake, Joe Boyd, Lloyd Bradley, Paul Brannigan, Ben Brooks, Max Blumenthal (UK), Mike Brearley, Keith Cameron, Andreas Campomar, Can, William Cash, David Cavanagh, Alan Clayson, Kira Cochrane, David Collard, Matthew Collin, John Crace, Sam Delaney, Peter Doggett, KK Downing, Seb Emina, Tom Feiling, The Ian Hamilton Estate, Simon Hattenstone, Dave Haslam, Will Hodgkinson, Barney Hoskyns, Dom Joly, Mick Jones, Richard T Kelly, James King, The Lisa Lynch Estate, The Greg Lake Estate, Quentin Letts, Steve Lukather, Shane MacGowan, Paul Mason, Benjamin Moser (UK), Douglas Murray, Harry Parker, Keiron Pim, Paul Rees, Mike Rutherford, Sarah Rainsford, Rock's Backpages, Shaun Ryder, Clara Salaman, Irmin Schmidt, Brix Smith-Start, Harry Leslie Smith, Adelle Stripe, Graeme Thomson, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kieron Tyler, Wyndham Wallace, Pete Way, John Williams, Paul Willetts, Ian Winwood, James Woodall, Woody Woodmansey, The Frank Zappa Estate
Full client list:
http://aitkenalexander.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=80%3Amatthewhamilton&Itemid=58
Email address:
reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk

Agents of: Aitken Alexander Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk/
About the agency:
Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2008, Andrew Kidd, previously Publisher of Picador and Macmillan, joined as a director. In 2011, Lesley Thorne joined the board of the company alongside Gillon, Clare, Sally and Andrew. Gillon, Clare and Andrew represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors. The focus of the agency remains on writers and writing. Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights, and Sally Riley joined the agency in 1989 to head up the Translation Rights department. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. Aitken Alexander also enjoys strong associative relationships with the agencies of Anthony Sheil, Mary Pachnos and Lucy Luck, each of whom boasts strong and distinctive lists. In 2009 the agency opened an office in New York, under Anna Stein, and, in 2011, in New Delhi, under Shruti Debi. Both moves reflected Aitken Alexander's strong commitment to the best of international writing.
Address for submissions:
18-21 Cavaye Place, London, SW10 9PT
Office address:
No data
Email address:
reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7373 8672
Number of agents:
8
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Send a cover letter, synopsis, the first 30 pages to submissions@aitkenalexander.co.uk. They do not represent illustrated children's books, poetry or screenplays.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
31/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y - New York and New Delhi
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@aitkenalexander
Latest news:
http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=128
More about the agency:
Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2008, Andrew Kidd, previously Publisher of Picador and Macmillan, joined as a director. In 2011, Lesley Thorne joined the board of the company alongside Gillon, Clare, Sally and Andrew. Gillon, Clare and Andrew represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors. The focus of the agency remains on writers and writing. Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights, and Sally Riley joined the agency in 1989 to head up the Translation Rights department. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. Aitken Alexander also enjoys strong associative relationships with the agencies of Anthony Sheil, Mary Pachnos and Lucy Luck, each of whom boasts strong and distinctive lists. In 2009 the agency opened an office in New York, under Anna Stein, and, in 2011, in New Delhi, under Shruti Debi. Both moves reflected Aitken Alexander's strong commitment to the best of international writing.

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