Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton

I’m an independent literary agent working in partnership with Aitken Alexander, and was previously Publishing Director and a PLC Board member at Bloomsbury. I was also Editorial Director at 4th Estate.

I represent predominantly writers of non-fiction, with a particular interest in politics, music and memoir. Recent titles include Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe, which was on the Sunday Times bestseller list for 18 weeks and has sold in 21 countries, and Ben Brooks’ Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different, which won Children’s Book of the Year at the 2018 National Book Awards.

As well as Douglas Murray, my political writers include John Crace and Quentin Letts, the parliamentary sketch writers of the Guardian and The Times respectively, the bestselling author of Postcapitalism Paul Mason, the BBC Moscow Correspondent Sarah Rainsford, the late campaigner and memoirist Harry Leslie Smith, and rising stars such Andrew Doyle, the Spiked columnist and co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie, and Ed West, author of the forthcoming book on modern conservatism Small Men on the Wrong Side of History.

I also represent Mike Brearley, the former England cricket captain and President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Peter Biskind, author of the classic Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, the biographers Keiron Pim and Paul Willetts, and travel writers Dom Joly and Robert Twigger.

My music list includes the writers Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, Lloyd Bradley, David Cavanagh, Peter Doggett, Dave Haslam, Barney Hoskyns, Nick Kent, Paul Rees and Mick Wall, alongside an eclectic range of musicians: Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), KK Downing (Judas Priest), Steve Lukather (Toto), Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays), Irmin Schmidt (Can), Neal Schon (Journey), Brix Smith Start (The Fall), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) and Woody Woodmansey (David Bowie).

I also have a select literary fiction list, which includes Yaba Badoe’s Carnegie Medal nominated A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Richard T Kelly’s The Knives, which the The Times called “the best political novel since Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty”, Harry Parker’s acclaimed bestseller Anatomy of a Soldier and Adelle Stripe’s Gordon Burn Prize shortlisted Black Teeth and a Beautiful Smile.

The Observer columnist Seamas O’Reilly, the artist Cold War Steve and the radical poet Titania McGrath are among the recent clients I’ve taken on.

To view a full list of my authors please click here.

Twitter: @mwhamilton