Clare Alexander became a literary agent in 1998 after more than 20 years as a publisher, latterly as Publisher of Viking and Hamish Hamilton and Editor-in-chief of Macmillan.
While at Viking she was the editor of the winners of the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the Whitbread prize, the first editor ever to achieve this hat trick.
In 2019 she was the agent of half the short list of The Women’s Prize, a prize of which she had been a founder member, although she stepped off the Board in 2017. She remains a Founding Patron.
She was named Orion Publishing Group Literary Agent of the Year at the 2007 British Book Industry Awards, was awarded the 2008 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which honours outstanding achievements by women in publishing and is a previous President of the Association of Authors’ Agents.
She is currently chair of Aitken Alexander Associates, a major literary agency based in London.