issue #7 * 28th June 2021

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


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. 


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.

The hardback, ebook and audio publications of One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah Harris. You can listen to Sarah talk about the book on The Breakfast Book Club podcast and read reviews in publications including the Daily Mail. Miranda Dickenson praised it as ‘gorgeously written, utterly moving, a JOY!’ while TM Logan called it ‘a wonderful, life-affirming story about friendship, hope and the power of second chances – the perfect book for summer 2021.’

Publication of Walking the Invisible: The Brontës Lives and Landscapes by Michael Stewart, with reviews confirmed and upcoming in the Guardian, Grazia and Yorkshire Living, and guest appearances by Michael on Talkradio, Scala Radio Book Club and a Channel 4 documentary about the Brontës being aired this autumn.

Grazia called it an ‘imaginative and elegant trek through the landscape of the Brontës’

The premiere of The National Theatre’s incredible production of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. The Michael Sheen-starring play has opened to rave reviews, including a 5 star review in The Times.

The publication of Sunshine Kitchen – the new edition of Vanessa Bolosier‘s delicious Creole recipes from the Caribbean.

The publication of Lynne Truss’ Psycho by the Sea in hardback (Raven Books) and audio.

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our World. Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake, winning the First Book Award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards. 

Merlin Sheldrake for Entangled Life, Charles Foster for The Screaming Sky and Neil Ansell for The Circling Sky all longlisted for the Wainwright Prize.

Lucy Diamond’s The Promise, ‘a stunning novel that will break your heart into little pieces and then glue it back together again with joy’ (Milly Johnson), which reached #14 in the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list.

The UK publication of Sara Jafari’s The Mismatch, ‘Original, thought-provoking and gripping. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t put it down’ (Libby Page). Read Sara’s interview with The Skinny here. The eBook of The Mismatch has been selected for June’s Kindle Monthly Deal for 99p only. Buy a copy here.

Made deals for….

Maame and a second novel from debut novelist and Bloomsbury Assistant Editor Jessica George. UK rights were sold to Hodder & Stoughton in a hotly contested eight-publisher auction and US rights were pre-empted for seven figures by St Martin’s. German rights were also pre-empted in a six-figure deal by btb. You can read the Bookseller piece here. Maame will be published as a lead title in Spring 2023.

Tasha Silva’s debut psychological thriller, The Guest Room, about a woman who rents out her spare room to a seemingly innocent stranger, which was acquired by Welbeck in a one-book UK and Commonwealth deal for publication in Spring 2023.

Green Mountains by Caroline Eden to Sarah Lavelle at Quadrille Books. The third in her series of award-winning books on the food and culture of Central Asia which started with Black Sea which won an Edward Stanford and a Food Guild Writers Award and then Red Sands which won the Andre Simon Food Award and is shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Award; ‘a wonderful book from start to finish’ (Peter Frankopan).


Beautiful coffin-shaped proofs of Alex Foulkes’ upcoming middle grade debut, the darkly hilarious Rules For Vampires. The title will be launched in September by Simon & Schuster in the UK – with US, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian editions soon to follow – and you can watch the author introduce the title herself in this charming introduction video.

Santanu Bhattacharya as a new client to agency to be represented by Jessica Woollard. Santanu grew up in India and studied at Oxford University and the National University of Singapore. In 2012, he won the Chapter One Promotions Short Story Prize. In 2021, he won the London Writers Award.   His work-in-progress novel was longlisted for the Pontas/JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize and Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award. His short memoir piece won the Life Writing Prize. His essays have appeared in Feminism in India and Revealing Indian Philanthropy.  

Santanu has worked with the United Nations, the British Civil Service and Teach For India. After living in eight cities across three countries, Santanu now lives in North London. Twitter: @santanu_x


A sneak peak of Jacqueline Wilson’s first title in her brand new partnership with illustrator Rachael Dean, as we feasted our eyes upon proofs of The Primrose Railway Children. A contemporary spin on the beloved E. Nesbit classic, Jacqueline lends her usual emotional insight and spot-on characterisation to this action-filled family adventure.

Arifa Akbar’s intricate reading of Irenosen Okojie and Alice Hattrick’s work, alongside Hilary Mantel and Sarah Manguso’s, in Pain on the page’ for the Guardian on how contemporary writers are rewriting the story of illness and the female body. “Many newer narratives point to the political inequalities around pain…Irenosen Okojie offers an alarming account of experiencing Covid in the anthology Disturbing the Body, in which her pain is dismissed by the emergency services. “I am a Black woman. I do not have the time to fully rely on the systems where the odds are stacked against me,” she writes, and goes to A&E anyway, to be told by a doctor there that she had a “50/50 chance” of survival because of her breathing difficulties…What is especially resonant in Hattrick’s narrative is the eloquent anger that streaks through their painful personal story. “I don’t want to be without it, that anger. Sometimes I think I have the right to be angry all the time…but it is exhausting.”

Spotting Charlie Porter’s What Artists Wear in the hands of Gilbert and George (who feature in the book) and the front window of Foyles:

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


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