issue #13 – 1st October 2021

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


Robbie Morrison who won the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize for Crime Novel of the Year 2021 with Edge of the Grave! The judges said that it was ‘a terrific debut novel, with a memorable cast of characters, which impressed the judges with its ambitious, authentic, deep dive into the Glasgow gangland and class divides of the 1930s.’

Craig Russell for being the first person to win the McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime novel for a second time, for his stunning thriller Hyde.

Santanu Bhattacharya on winning Hachette’s 2021 Mo Siewcharran Prize for Fiction for material from his forthcoming novel He Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

Santanu alongside the inaugural winner of the prize Sarvat Hasin

Benjamin Myers, former Portico Prize winner, whose collection of stories on the nature of masculinity Male Tears has been longlisted for the prize this year and Jenn Ashworth who has also been longlisted for the 2022 Portico Prize for her novel, Ghosted.  

Lynne Truss whose book, Murder By Milk Bottle, was shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize.

Alexander McCall Smith for receiving The Edinburgh Prize. Decided by public vote, Alexander is the 14th person to receive the award, given to him by the Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross. The Lord Provost said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure to present one of the Capital’s most prestigious accolades, the Edinburgh Award, to Alexander McCall Smith. His bestselling novels continue to draw positive, worldwide attention to the city, and I’m delighted that fans of his work can now enjoy seeing his handprints immortalised in stone on our very own Edinburgh Award ‘walk of fame’.”

Tim Harper for reaching the shortlist of the 2021 Cundill History Prize for his book Underground Asia.

Catherine Rayner for being a finalist in the Kids’ Book Choice Awards in the US with Arlo! The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep has been charming children and adults around the world.


The line up for The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads programme, which includes bestselling author Paula Hawkins. Her short book Blind Spot, “a chilling story of revenge”, will be published as part of the programme on the 14th April 2022.


The UK and US covers for Katy Regan’s latest novel, How To Find Your Way Home. A novel about sibling bonds, the power of nature and the human quest for home. Out February 2022!

UK cover
US cover


The new series of All Creatures Great and Small, based on the timeless classics by James Herriot. Thursdays on Channel 5 or on catch-up on My5.


Live Performance is back! We enjoyed a hugely entertaining, warm and life affirming performance by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane at the weekend on Exmoor to launch The Lost Spells a year later than expected. Jackie recited the fox spell and otter spell while painting on stage and we even got a sneak preview of the haunting track ‘bramble’ from the album inspired by the book, forthcoming from Spell Songs in November. 

Made deals for…

Anthony Joseph whose new poetry collection Sonnets for Albert has been acquired by Bloomsbury for their first poetry list.

Megan Nolan’s Acts of Desperation which has now sold into an impressive 12 languages :  Arabic – Almada Group; Croatian – Hena; French – Editions de l’Olivier; German – Aufbau Verlag; Italian – NN Editore; Lithuanian – Balto; Norwegian – Cappelen Damm; Polish – Filtry;  Romanian – Bookzone; Russian – Phantom Press; Serbian – Vulkan;  Spanish – Seix Barral.


The UKLA Book Awards, the only award to be entirely judged by teachers, announced their longlist and we were over the moon to see so many of our wonderful authors and illustrators on it! Huge congratulations to Catherine Rayner, author and illustrator of Arlo, Kate Milner, illustrator of The Girl Who Became A Tree, Geraldine McCaughrean, author of The Supreme Lie and Jonathan Stroud, author of The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne.  

The publication of Kathryn Mannix’s wonderful new book Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations (William Collins), which began with a fantastic review in the Guardian by Joanna Cannon (“a book that enables and empowers . . . wise, gentle and profound”) to go alongside pre-publication quotes from Nigella Lawson, Philippa Perry, Rachel Clarke, Greg Wise and others.

We also raised a glass to Simon Thurley’s Palaces of Revolution, his riveting history of “life, death and art at the Stuart court”, published by William Collins.

The inclusion of Oliver Harris’s brilliant thriller Ascension in the new series of Between the Covers with Sara Cox as part of a fantastic Autumn line up.

The book launch of Wishyouwas, by debut author Alexandra Page! Illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee and published by Bloomsbury, this charming Christmas tale is set in 1952 in a post office, full of magical fluffy sorters who are the self-appointed guardians of lost mail. It was only fitting to celebrate the launch at The Postal Museum, with mince pies, cheese boards and quality street a plenty.

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


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