issue #8 – 9th July 2021

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


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.

The publication by Raven/Bloomsbury of The Hunt and the Kill by Holly Watt, the third of her acclaimed Casey Benedict thrillers. This weekend’s Sunday Times said Holly was “on top form in her first bio-thriller, deftly mixing old-fashioned derring-do with an urgent investigation of cutting-edge medicine”.

The publication of Alix Nathan’s novel, Sea Change, published by Serpent’s Tail on 8th July 2021. The Sunday Times said, ‘Nathan fashions a strange, touching tale of hope and redemption.’

And the paperback publication of Nick Sharratt’s Rumble, Rumble, Dinosaur.


Tansy Hoskins on winning in the Fashion category of the inaugural Freelance Writer of the Year awards.

Naoise Dolan, who was shortlisted for the Salerno Libro d’Europa prize for her sensational debut novel, Exciting Times, which is published in Italian by Atlantide.

Debut author Robbie Morrison whose 1930s Glasgow thriller Edge of the Grave is longlisted for the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2021 and shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Debut 2021!


The casting of Michelle Williams as Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s wives, in the adaptation of Elizabeth Fremantle’s first novel,  Queen’s Gambit. The film, retitled Firebrand, will begin production in early 2022.

The exciting news that Lucy Diamond has joined Quercus for a thrilling two-book deal. Anything Could Happen will be out in hardback in January 2022: watch the wonderful teaser trailer below!

The paperback publication of Gavanndra Hodge’s “brilliant and moving” (The Times) memoir, The Consequences of Love, published by Michael Joseph.

The publication of Araminta Hall’s Perfect Strangers, also know as Imperfect Women in the US, in paperback.


Self-published author of the phenomenal Regency Faerie Tale series, Olivia Atwater, to the DHA list, represented by Christabel McKinley. Set in an alternate Regency England, where the faerie world enchantingly overlaps with ours and magic is in our midst, each story is a perfectly pulse-fluttering romantic adventure. The ideal escapist reads, they feel just like fairy tales for grown-ups – soon to be the talk of the ton!

Sureka Thanenthiran-Dharuman as a new client to the agency represented by Jemima Forrester. Born in Sri Lanka, raised in Australia and currently living in Berlin, Sureka is working on her debut novel, Odd Ones Out, the story of three women of colour living in the same apartment block in Berlin as they navigate the challenges of long-term monogamy, motherhood, sexuality and being perennially “othered” by society.


The elegant early copies of Jo Hamya’s exceptional debut novel Three Rooms (Jonathan Cape) which feature a litany of quotes that brilliantly express her “barbed, supple” sentences and “unsettling intelligence”.

The cover reveal for Alexandra Page’s wonder-filled historical middle grade debut, Wish You Was. Bloomsbury will be publishing this September in hardback as a lead title, with black and white illustrations throughout by Penny Neville-Lee. With its cosy, classic feel and beautiful gold-foiled exterior, we anticipate it featuring in many Christmas lists this year!

The marvellous cover reveal for Milly Johnson’s latest book, The Woman in the Middle, due to be published this October by Simon&Schuster.

And BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel Brighton Rock, performed by Jacob Fortune-Lloyd. You can catch up on the first episodes here.

Looked forward to…

National Northern Authors Day, an initiative created by authors Milly Johnson and Trisha Ashley, which ran for its second year on July 1st, promoting the readership of writers from the North of England.

Made deals for…

Kate Zambreno, whose intense and tender novel Drifts will be published by Emilie Lassus at Editions La Croisee.

And John Gribbin with Hindawi Foundation, a charitable organisation where the key focus for them is to make available books that would not otherwise be published in Arabic, who acquired 4 books: Six Impossible Things, Seven Pillars Of Science, Eight Improbable Possibilities and Nine Musings On Time.

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


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