Aitken Alexander Associates is a leading literary agency in London. We represent writers from all over the world and sell their work into the UK, the US and international territories, and across all media. We have a highly successful film and TV department with an exceptional ‘book to screen’ record. Three of the directors of Aitken Alexander have a background in publishing, and the whole agency works closely with the authors we represent; we offer editorial advice and specialist knowledge about different publishing markets, as well as expert skills in negotiating terms and handling contracts. Our diverse and prestigious client list speaks for itself, and we are proud of our reputation for discovering and nurturing new talent. In the past year our clients have enjoyed huge award success, including Bernardine Evaristo’s historic win of the Booker Prize 2019 for her novel Girl, Woman, Other. Bernardine Evaristo also made history in 2020 as the first Black author to be named Author of the Year at the British Book Awards. Jack Fairweather won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2020 for his biography The Volunteer and Clare Alexander represented half of the Women’s Prize 2019 shortlist (Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and Ordinary People by Diana Evans).
Gillon Aitken founded his eponymous agency in 1976. Clare Alexander joined in 1998, and the company name was changed in 2005. Lesley Thorne joined in 1999 and in 2017 became Managing Director. Lisa Baker joined in 2016 and became a director in 2017. Chris Wellbelove joined in 2017 and became a director in 2018. Emma Paterson joined in 2018.
Gillon Aitken was a major figure in publishing for five decades and a legendary literary agent with a stellar client list. Gillon died in October 2016 at the age of 78. Clare Alexander now leads the company.