Iain Hamilton (journalist)

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Iain Bertram Hamilton (3 February 1920 – 15 July 1986) was a British journalist, author and poet.[1]

Hamilton was educated at Paisley Grammar School, and initially worked as a reporter on the Daily Record in Glasgow before heading south to London to work as a staffer on The Guardian.[1] From 1952 he was associated with the weekly journal The Spectator, and after several promotions through the ranks he was appointed Editor in 1962, staying in that position for a year. He was Editorial Director of the Hutchinson group of publishing companies from 1958 to 1962, and after leaving The Spectator became managing director of Kern House Enterprises (1970–5).[1] In addition, he wrote a good many articles for the Illustrated London News and the high-brow current affairs magazine Encounter.

The most widely known of Hamilton's literary works is his biography of Arthur Koestler, published by Secker & Warburg, London, in 1982 (a year before Koestler's death). His other books were:

  • Spectrum: A Spectator Miscellany (1956), ed. with Ian Gilmour
  • Scotland the Brave (1957)
  • Half a Highlander: An Autobiography of a Scottish Youth (1958)
  • The Foster Gang (1966), with H. J. May
  • Embarkation for Cythera (1974)
  • The Kerry Kyle (1980)

He also wrote a play early in his career, The Snarling Beggar (1951).


  1. ^ a b c "HAMILTON, Iain Bertram". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2019 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)

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