Giles Gordon, the flamboyant British agent and author—who began as a publisher—died November 14, two weeks after a fall at his home that left him in a coma. He was 63. Gordon became a key figure at Victor Gollancz before leaving to become an agent, first with Anthony Sheil and later in Edinburgh, his birthplace, where he opened a Scottish office for Curtis Brown. He wrote extensively as a newspaper columnist, theater and restaurant critic, and also published his own short stories and several novels, but it was as an often outspoken agent that he was best known. Among his notable clients were Vikram Seth, Fay Weldon, Peter Ackroyd, Sue Townsend, John Fowles and Prince Charles (whose question to Gordon: "Aren't we due a royalty statement?") became the title of his gossipy memoir.
Volume 250 Issue 47 11/24/2003