issue #9 – 23rd July

Over the last couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we have:

Celebrated

The publication of A Trillion Trees; How We Can Reforest our World by Fred Pearce, out with Granta on August 5th. An environmental call to arms and a celebration of all things arboreal.  Pearce shares the good news, we can have our forests back and mass planting should be a last resort, instead we should mostly stand back, make room and let nature — and those who dwell in the forests — do the rest. 

‘We should all read Fred’s book’ James Lovelock 

Deserves to become an environmental classic’ Literary Review


The paperback publication of Stephen Fry’s bestselling book that retells the legend of Troy, published by Penguin on the 22nd July.

Some wonderful early praise for FT journalist Sebastian Payne’s Broken Heartlands, a reporting road trip across Labour’s former ‘red wall’ seats in the north of England. Robert Peston has called the book ‘a must-read for anyone who wants to understand England today’ and Andrew Neil considers it ‘the political book of the year about one of the most consequential elections of my lifetime… Essential reading’. Broken Heartlands will be published by Pan Macmillan on 16th September.

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issue #8 – 9th July

Over the last couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we have:

Celebrated…

The paperback publication of The Book of Trespass : Crossing the Lines that Divide Us by Nick Hayes.  It tells the story of the barbed-wire fences and NO ENTRY signs that exclude us from 92% of England’s land and 97% of its waterways. Beautifully illustrated by the author, it is a Sunday Times Bestseller for Bloomsbury and a Guardian, I and Spectator Book of the Year. 

Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.  At a time when access to the outdoors is more important than ever before, it’s time to introduce universal right-to-roam, a move that could revolutionise our enjoyment of the countryside. Hayes is a founder of the Right to Roam movement, campaigning to extend the Countryside and Rights of Way Act so that millions more people have easy access to open space and the spiritual, mental and physical health benefits that it brings.

Catherine Ryan Howard’s lockdown thriller, 56 Days, which has been chosen as a July pick for Book of the Month in the US. BOTM sent Catherine one of their tote bags, complete with book pocket, which we are desperate to get our hands on.

Paul Rissmann’s chamber version of Jason Chapman’s Stan and Mabel is to be performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music this month

An exhibition centred around the Red Fox from The Lost Spells is to open this month at Seven Stories.

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issue #7 * 28th June

Over the last couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we have:

Congratulated…

Tim Bowler, whose teen novel River Boy has won an Andersen Prize in Italy in the category ‘Best Book Ever Awarded’. First published in the UK in 1997, this enduring modern classic has been translated into 11 languages and into Italian in 2020.


Irenosen Okojie who received an MBE for services to literature. 

Irenosen has also co-authored a play, The Green Room, which will be live streamed on the 4th July. 



Celebrated…

Big Sky Mountain: the brand new young illustrated fiction series by Hotel Flamingo creator, Alex Milway. Set in the wilds of Big Sky Mountain,  young Rosa must transform into an intrepid adventurer alongside feisty Grandma Nan, and brave the wilderness with the help of Albert the Moose and their other animal friends.

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issue #6 * 16th June

Over the last couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we have

Been looking forward to…

The publication on June 17th, for summer solstice, of a powerful new book of images and poetry written during the pandemic that speaks to the power of heeding or noticing. The Heeding by Rob Cowen and Nick Hayes is a slim volume that helps break down those painful walls built by us all during lockdown.  Strong praise coming in from Dara McAnulty (‘visceral, achingly tender, with stunning illustrations’), Willem Dafoe (‘So vivid… A call out to our elemental relationship with love and nature), Stephen Moss (‘Rob Cowen’s poems speak to us all, guiding us through the emotional journey the nation has gone through during the past year, with humour, pathos and forensically sharp portrayals of people and nature at a time like no other. Powerful, moving and brilliant),Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane, Joanna Harris and many more.

Join writers, booksellers and readers all recording and sharing their favourite poem on social media with the hashtag #READINGTHEHEEDING.

Here is Rob reading Moon over Skipton Road.

Admired…

This wonderful book clutch bag inspired by Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, produced by Paris-based fashion brand Olympia Le Tan.

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issue #5 * 21st May 2021

In the last couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we…

Congratulated…

Val McDermid on being longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for Still Life.

Marlowe Granados, whose debut novel, Happy Hour, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Jonathan Gibbs on being longlisted for the Sunday Times/Audible Short Story Award, for A Prolonged Kiss. The shortlist is announced on 6th June and the winner on 8th July.

Maz Evans on the publication of the first book in her brand-new series, The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife,  published by Hodder Children’s Books on May 13th.

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issue #4 * 30th April 2021

In the last week at David Higham Associates, we…

Celebrated…

Another brilliant week for Nomadland, inspired by Jessica Bruder’s book, which swept the Oscars for best picture, director and actress.

The long-awaited publication of Sleeping With a Psychopath by Carolyn Woods, her extraordinary memoir of her relationship with notorious conman Mark Acklom. Carolyn’s story has been all over the media this week, with serialisation in the Daily Mail and The Times, and media appearances on ITV’s This Morning and many others.

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issue #3 * 20th April 2021

In the last week at David Higham Associates, we…

Celebrated

Two birdy books that herald spring, the return of swifts from Africa and the promise of soft summer days to come. In the window of Little Toller’s new bookshop in Beaminster, Dorset we spotted: The Screaming Sky by Charles Foster, the latest in Little Toller’s monograph series, in which Foster follows swifts around the world, manically, lyrically and always scientifically. Swifts live in perpetual summer and sleep in the high thin air, their wings controlled by an alert half brain. And with it another book represented by Jessica Woollard:  The Circling Sky by Neil Ansell which has a great promotional partnership with GO JAUNTLY, a walking, wayfinding and nature connection app, so that you can win a year’s worth of premium membership here.

Nomadland which won an impressive four BAFTAs for picture, director, best actress and cinematography, inspired by Jessica Bruder’s book of the same title.

Rosanna Amaka, Kei Miller, Leone Ross, Symeon Brown, and Raymond Antrobus in The Bookseller’s The Black Issue Black Authors’ Preview.

And associate agent Elise Dillsworth in the same issue.

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issue #2 * 9th April 2021

In the last week at David Higham Associates, we…

Celebrated

The publication of The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus by Tin House in the US on 30 March. The UK edition was first published by Penned in the Margins in 2018. We are thrilled that it is now available in a beautiful, new US edition. Tune into the launch event here and read a review in Publishers Weekly here. Look out for Raymond’s next book All the Names Given which will be published in September by Picador.

The re-issue of twelve of Milly Johnson’s backlist audiobooks by Simon & Schuster on 1st April to the delight of her readers.

And the stunning paperback of Eve Chase’s second novel The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde following a phenomenal 100,000 sales in ebook for The Glass House. The eBook is currently part of the April Kindle Monthly Deal, priced at 99! Buy a copy here.

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issue #1 * 30th March 2021

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