British publisher founded by Jamie Hamilton in 1931. Hamilton experimented briefly with law and medicine imprints before focusing on fiction in the postwar period, enjoying success with titles such as Catcher in the Rye (1951) and The Go-Between (1953). The company was sold to a Canadian conglomerate, the Thomson Organisation, in 1965 and eventually joined the Penguin portfolio in 1986. The Hamish Hamilton imprint still enjoys a major literary reputation.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.