Friday, January 01, 2016

Ed Victor - an honoured literary agent

As one of the books industry’s most glamorous figures is awarded a New Year’s honour, David Barnett looks back at Ed Victor’s star-studded literary career

The literary agent Ed Victor

‘A shark in the water’ ... the literary agent Ed Victor. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

With a client list that ranges from Joan Collins to U2 and from Nigella Lawson to the estate of Irish Murdoch, Victor is one of the books business’s most glamorous figures, leading a jet-set lifestyle divided between homes in London and the Hamptons.

The 76-year-old was awarded the Commander of the British Empire on New Year’s Eve for services to literature, an accolade which comes as the literary agency he set up in 1976 prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary


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