issue #10 – 13th August 2021

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

Remembered and celebrated

Our author Clare Dunkel who died last month following complications from motor neurone disease, which she was diagnosed with in December 2020.

1962 – 2021

Please do read our full tribute to Clare at the end of this newsletter.

And we enjoyed our writers and their successes

These beautiful Croatian covers of T H White’s The Once and Future King and Stephen Fry’s Heroes. The Croatian publisher Vladimir Cvetkovic Sever bought the rights to The Once and Future King, the first book for what was then yet to be the Mitopeja imprint, exactly five years ago.  Mitopeja has since grown into a prestigious imprint, with much coveted limited edition hardback covers.  Both The Once and Future King and Stephen Fry’s Heroes were published this year, in March and May respectively.

The highly-anticipated return of global bestselling author Paula Hawkins, in an interview with Penguin. Read the full article here to read about her upcoming scorcher of a thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, out on 31st August. ‘Shocking, moving and full of heart… A Slow Fire Burning shows a writer at the height of her powers.’ (The Observer)

This article in The Bookseller about Stephen Fry’s upcoming book about neckwear, Fry’s Ties, the remarkable stories of 100 pieces of neckwear from Stephen’s glorious collection. The book is due to be published this November in hardback and ebook, alongside an audio edition narrated by Fry himself.

And we also celebrated the exciting news that Stephen Fry’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Liar, is to be adapted for screenplay featuring Jeff Goldblum and Asa Butterfield. 

And What On Earth’s upcoming book, It’s Up To Us, was also featured in The Bookseller. With a foreword by Prince Charles, the book explores climate change and sustainability and will feature artwork by many illustrators, including the exceptionally talented Nick Sharratt.


Rachel Greenlaw as a new client to the agency, represented by Maddalena Cavaciuti. Rachel grew up in North Cornwall, surrounded by wild moorland. She studied English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University before moving to an island in the middle of the Atlantic. When she’s not wandering the beaches and nature trails with her two children and husband, she’s dreaming up her next story. Rachel is currently working on her women’s fiction debut about one unforgettable Christmas house party. 


The launch of DHA Classics page. Where we will be showcasing all our wonderful literary estate titles as well as some modern classics. Our current lists include “Children’s Classics”, “Poetry Collections”, “Historical Insight” and “Short Stories”, with many more to come!

German success for Ben Myers and Rosie Walsh! Ben Myers’ beautiful and evocative The Offing (Offene See- published by Dumont) stormed up the Spiegel paperback bestseller list to number 3, while Rosie Walsh’s latest page-turning love story, The Love of My Life (Ein ganzes Leben lang – published by Goldmann) continues to delight readers, sitting at number 8 in its sixth week.

Catherine Ryan Howard’s storming success in the US with her latest book, 56 Days which was by far and away the favourite choice amongst Book of the Month subscribers in July!

The paperback publication of Julian Baggini and Antonia Macaro’s book, Life: A User’s Manual: Philosophy for (Almost) Any Eventuality, which Robin Ice describes as “as inspired navigation tool for the maze of existence.”

Paperback publication of Ryan Gattis’ The System which has been selected as The Untidy Bookshelf’s crime book of the month! Click here to read their review of this “pacy, immersive and.. utterly riveting read” (The Guardian) and if, like several fans on Twitter this week, you’d like to remind yourself of Ryan’s incredible reading of his earlier masterpiece All Involved at Lit Salon, click here.

The publication of Peter May’s The Night Gate in paperback, his latest thriller in the Enzo Macleod series.

The paperback publication of The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender.

Publication of Kate Reed Petty’s True Story, a “true-life crime meets page-turner” (Stylist), in paperback.

Release of Cider Country: How an Ancient Craft Became a Way of Life by James Crowden. Meeting cider experts, farmers and historians, James unearths the surprising story of an apple that travelled from east to west and proved irresistible to everyone who tasted it. Upon its arrival in Britain, monks, pirates and politicians formed a pioneering and evangelical fan base, all seeking the company of a drink that might guide them through uncertain times.  Spanning centuries and continents, Cider Country tells the story of this country through the culture, craft and consumption of its most iconic rural drink.

James Crowden is Britain’s best cider writer … Cider Country is the book we’ve all been waiting for’ – Oz Clarke

Fantastic reviews in the New Statesman’s The Best Children’s Books of the Summer for Geraldine McCaughrean and Jonathan Stroud. Praise for McCaughrean’s The Supreme Lie includes: ‘Geraldine McCaughrean is a writer of ferocious literary talent… A zinging black comedy, it asks sophisticated questions about power and responsibility.’ Meanwhile, the review praised Stroud’s The Outlaws Scsarlett & Browne: ‘Every page… is addictive, fast-paced fun.’

Made deals for

Trish Lorenz whose brilliantly atmospheric thrillers, set in the Australian outback, have been acquired by Embla Books, the digital-first imprint at Bonnier Books UK.

Kate Zambreno’s Drifts. We’re thrilled to announce that Ellerström Förlag will be publishing this title in Sweden!

Minette Walters whose work has never been published in Turkey before. Alfa will be publishing Dark Room, The Echo, The Ice House, Scold’s Bridle and Sculptress. We’re excited that her crime titles will be bought to a new audience!

And another new language for four Anthony Burgess titles: A Clockwork Orange, 1985, Nothing Like The Sun and Earthly Powers will be published in Arabic for the first time by Rashm Publishing, a new Saudi publishing company interested in translating the most international valuable books, targeting the younger generation in order to enlighten the minds and build a bridge between cultures. They would look to publish A Clockwork Orange, 1985 and Nothing Like the Sun during Al Sharjah book fair on November 2022 and The Early Powers in January 2023 for Cairo Book fair.

Listened to

Liz Pichon’s podcast: Tremendous Tales with Liz Pichon, featuring wonderful guests including Martin Brown and Cressida Cowell. Huge congratulations to Liz for being #10 in Apple’s list of bestselling podcasts of all time!


Merlin Sheldrake and Charles Foster on being shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize. Merlin in the Global Conservation Category (alongside Attenborough) and Charles in the Nature category (alongside Rebanks and Winn).

Neil Blackmore on being shortlisted for the Polari Prize for his novel The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle:

Two of our children’s authors being longlisted for The Diverse Book Awards in the YA category. Congratulations to Jacqueline Wilson with Love Frankie and William Hussey with Hideous Beauty.

Robbie Morrison on the nomination of Edge of the Grave for the HWA Debut Crown Award.

Remembered Clare Dunkel

Clare was signed to Gregory and Company in 1998 and her first book Birdman, written under the pseudonym Mo Hayder, was published on 4th January 2000. She went on to publish 9 further extraordinary crime novels, which sold 6.5 million copies worldwide. Tokyo (or The Devil of Nanking) won the French Elle Crime Fiction Award in 2004, and the Prix SNCF du Polar Européen du Pont in 2005. Several of her novels (Tokyo, Pig Island and Ritual) were nominated for the Barry Award for Best Crime in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Ritual was also voted Best Book of 2008 by Publishers Weekly. Gone, her seventh novel, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and her novel Wolf, which was nominated for Best Novel in the 2015 Edgar Awards, is currently being adapted for the BBC. In 2011, Mo Hayder was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work. Set primarily in an alternate universe, her most recent novel, The Book of Sand, will be published posthumously in early 2022. Clare was also the last surviving actor from Are You Being Served, appearing under her stage name Candy Davis.

Clare’s funeral, which took place on 12th August, is available to stream for those who wish to pay their respects. Anyone wishing to do so, please contact Clare’s husband, Bob Randall at The family have asked that no flowers be sent but anyone wishing to give a donation can contribute to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Clare leaves behind a husband and daughter, a powerful legacy of books, and an incredible number of people who loved and admired her. Everyone at DHA sends their deepest condolences to Bob and to Lotte, and to the many fans of the Mo Hayder books across the world. Below are just a few of the messages we have received in the last few weeks.

Thank you for reading,


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