Hilary Rubinstein, the British literary agent who helped set up the legendary Gollancz SF imprint, has died at the age of 86. He was also known for helping Kingsley Amis to get his first break as a published author.
Rubinstein got his own initial break working for Gollancz, which was run at the time by his uncle, although some accounts portray this period as an unhappy one for Rubinstein. Nevertheless, the Gollancz SF imprint remains one of the key British science-fiction publishing lines of the period. Rubinstein subsequently went to work for the Observer Magazine before returning to the publishing world with A.P. Watt.
In later years, Rubinstein represented the literary estates of writers including Somerset Maugham, H.G. Wells and Rudyard Kipling. He also worked on The Good Hotel Guide, a reader-compiled publication that quickly became one of the key reference books for travellers.