issue #9 – 23rd July 2021

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


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.

The publication of The Killer Inside by Matthew Frank (Penguin), the third in his acclaimed Joseph Stark series of crime thrillers.

The publication of Will Iredale’s The Pathfinders, published by Penguin, which tells the incredible story of the crack team of men and women who transformed RAF Bomber Command and helped the Allies deliver decisive victory over Nazi Germany.

The Publication of Neil Blackmore’s new novel The Dangerous Kingdom of Love, published by Hutchinson. The Times named it their Historical Book of the Month saying, ‘Expect gritty language and much enjoyment from this clever and unusual novel,’ with The Sunday Times saying, ‘Wildly anachronistic, full of sex and swearing, this fourth novel by the author of The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle is an entertaining and often very funny read with something to say about both the love of power and the power of love.’

The Publication of Oliver Harris’ Ascension, the second Elliot Kane thriller, published by Little Brown. Phillip Pullman says, ‘ Oliver Harris’s ‘Ascension’ is a stunner. What a pleasure it is to read a book with a powerful story, an unusual and fully realised setting, a convincing hero, all written in a style of luminous clarity.’

The paperback reissue of Linda Green’s The Marriage Mender, now also available in audio.

The publication of Lynne Truss’ Murder by Milk Bottle which is now out in paperback.


Charity Norman who has been longlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Novel of the Year 2021 Award, in New Zealand, for The Secrets of Strangers which the judges said is a ‘superb hostage drama: tense, compelling, and full of humanity.’

Lynne Truss whose novel Murder by Milk Bottle made the longlist for the Comedy Women in Print Prize for 2021.


This wonderfully poignant essay by Gavanndra Hodge on grief, published in The Sunday Times Style magazine.

Looked forward to

Robert Macfarlane being interviewed in BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, broadcast Sunday 25th July at 11.00am with a repeat on Friday 30th July at 9.00am.

And Claudia Roden in conversation with Bee Wilson on marking fifty years of food writing with the launch of her latest book, Med, pictured below. The event will be broadcast on the 2nd September – book your tickets here to tune in and spend an evening with the “queen of all cookbook writers” (Jay Rayner). 

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


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