Hamish Hamilton is one of London’s oldest publishing houses, founded in 1931 by Jamie Hamilton. It has been, and remains, a home to many of the most influential writers of the past century, including Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, J.D. Salinger, Susan Sontag, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Pat Barker, Arundhati Roy, W.G. Sebald, Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Robert Macfarlane, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Deborah Levy, Marlon James and Bernardine Evaristo. We also publish the series Black Britain: Writing Back, curated by Bernardine Evaristo, and the literary magazine Five Dials.
In 1931, Jamie’s first catalogue opened with the words: ‘This first Hamish Hamilton list looks like the start of a new lighthouse – it will be noticeable at a great distance in the dark.’ It is still alight and burning brightly.