issue #6 * 16th June 2021

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.


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

The cover for Yewande Omotoso‘s new novel An Unusual Grief, out in October 2021 from Cassava Republic.

Finished copies of the Roald Dahl-inspired picture book Never Grow Up, which arrived at the office for the children’s translation team to send out to foreign publishers. So far, the team have sold translation rights in France, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the Spanish world, with many more to come!


Trish Lorenz, who has won the $100,000 Nine Dots Prize 2021! Trish’s first fiction work Outback has also been sold, with details of the deal still to be announced – watch this space!

Elizabeth McCracken on the publication of her short story collection The Souvenir Museum  and  whose short story, The Irish Wedding, has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, along with Jonathan Gibbs for A Prolonged Kiss.

Nick Hayes whose glorious The Book of Trespass (Bloomsbury) has been shortlisted for the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction at the CWA Daggers Award.

Caroline Eden for Red Sands (Quadrille), shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Award in the Food Book category alongside James Rebank and Tim Heyward’s love letter to bread.


The publication of Ed Miliband’s Go Big: How to Fix Our World (Bodley Head).

The paperback publication of Bernard Cornwell’s War Lord, the epic finale to his best-selling series, The Last Kingdom.

Alexis Schaitkin’s publication of her novel, Saint X, in paperback.

The announcement of the September publication of Claudia Roden’s new book MED by Ebury Press, the outstanding culmination of her life travelling, exploring and cooking in the Mediterranean region. 

The paperback release of Araminta Hall’s Imperfect Women in the US, already published to excellent praise: “Creeps on you slowly, like a fog, until you find yourself enveloped in this tangled skein of relationships, eager to see how all this is going to play out, who is going to betray whom and in what way.” ―Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

The paperback publication of Lucy Diamond’s The Promise (Macmillan) on the 10th June.

The Italian edition of Underland by Robert Macfarlane (translated by Duccio Sacchi; published by Einaudi) which was shortlisted for The Premio Gregor von Rezzori – Città di Firenze.

The paperback publication of Sarah Pinborough’s Dead to Her (HarperCollins), out on Thursday 10th June.

Liam Williams’ paperback publication of Homes and Experiences (Hodder & Stoughton), his debut novel.

The paperback publication of Nicola Davies’ new picture book, Grow: Secrets of Our DNA, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, and out now from Walker Books.

And the publication of Sarah Hilary’s first standalone thriller: the chilling and tense Fragile

Made deals for…

In Denmark: Politiken will be publishing Val McDermid there, starting with the first title in her brand-new series, 1979, in March 2022. Politiken will also publish McDermid’s Karen Pirie and Tony Hill series. The good news continued as Modtryk acquired Minette Walters’ historical novel The Swift and the Harrier.


The superb press for What Artists Wear by Charlie Porter, including frieze praising the author’s “clarity and wit” and  Olivia Laing describing the book, wonderfully, in the Guardian summer reads as the “punk cousin” of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing. We also particularly enjoyed the collaboration with Labour and Wait — a limited edition ‘The Studio Apron’ which features their classic high quality cotton canvas apron but in ecru with a tool-belt style series of pockets to accommodate all artistic requisites, including a pocket designed especially for the book “not just keeping you covered but inspired in the studio too.”


The arrival of Offing Coffee, a new business that has opened in Derry, named after Benjamin Myers’ bestselling novel, The Offing. Their coffee machine is called Dulcie after one of the protagonists.

We hope you enjoyed our latest news round-up. Happy reading, keep watching,


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