Ed Victor, founder of the Ed Victor Literary Agency "who celebrated 40 years as an agent at a star-filled party held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hyde Park in November," died June 7. He was 77. Victor "had a high-profile client list that included former prime minister David Cameron, Andrew Marr, Nigella Lawson and Sophie Dahl, among many others," the Bookseller reported. He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Years honors list for services to literature.
Cameron called Victor "an absolute Titan of the publishing world and his love of books flowed through everything he did. He was at the top of his profession for decades and I was lucky to see at first hand that he was as enthusiastic about what he was doing just a few weeks ago as he was 20 years ago. He will be deeply missed."
In a statement, the agency said: "Ed was a one-off: the toughest yet most professional of agents, who would always get the very best deal for his clients. An inveterate party-goer, he often attended three events in an evening. He will be a huge loss to the publishing industry and the wider world, and we miss him dearly. "
Penguin Random House chair Gail Rebuck commented: "Ed Victor was a super-agent, spanning the world with his deals for an illustrious group of writers. But, for so many of us, he was primarily a great friend, guiding our lives with his insight and intelligence."
Hachette U.K. CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson called Victor "the very definition of a literary agent: his list of clients is peerless, his connections inside the industry and in the wider world unmatched."