issue #15 – 1st November 2021

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

Made deals for…

Nikita Gill’s first YA poetry collection Here Are The Words with Macmillan Children’s Books which will be published in June 2022.

Ore Agbaje-Williams’ debut novel The Three of Us in a heated six-way auction to Jonathan Cape.


Milly Johnson whose latest novel, The Woman in the Middle, reached no.10 in the bestseller list in the first week of its publication.

The release and launch of Liz Pichon’s 19th Tom Gates book: Random Acts of Fun! The series is now in its tenth year and we enjoyed a wonderful evening at Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall, celebrating with Liz, the Scholastic team and doughnuts aplenty.

Paperback publication of ‘the most exquisite love story’ (Red), Tish Delaney’s Before My Actual Heart Breaks.

Publication of A Queen for all Seasons, a sparkling celebration of Queen Elizabeth II for her Platinum Jubilee, introduced and edited by Joanna Lumley.

Publication of The Wild Cards: a box set of 100 postcards featuring art and verse from The Lost Words and The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, designed by Alison O’Toole and produced by Penguin Books.  Which one is your favourite?

Publication of Nick Sharratt’s fin-tastic book, Oh No! Shark in the Snow.

The launch of Michael Stewart’s brilliant book about the Brontës’ lives and landscapes, Walking the Invisible, at Huddersfield Literature Festival. Hear Michael talk more about the Brontës, the book and the Bronte Stones Project that inspired it here.


Professor Sujit Sivasundaram who has been awarded the 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for Waves Across the South, published by William Collins.

Patrick Wright, the chair of judges, said: “Waves Across the South is a riot of ingenuity, a truly powerful and new history of revolutions and empires, re-imagined through the environmental lens of the sea. The jury was spellbound by Sivasundaram’s skill in combining compelling storytelling with meticulous research. Even as a work of world history it speaks directly to the politics and military interventions of today.” 

Kei Miller whose collection of critical and lyrical essays Things I Have Withheld has been shortlisted for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize.

Jonathan Stroud for being shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards with The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne!

Liz Pichon and the team at Sky Children’s for their BAFTA Scotland nomination for The Brilliant World of Tom Gates series. Liz co-writes, presents and executive produces the series – all alongside writing and illustrating her books and creating her podcast!  

Di Hofmeyr on her White Raven Award from the International Youth Library for Paris Cat, published by Tiny Owl and illustrated by Piet Grobler.


The striking and dramatic cover of Araminta Hall’s latest novel, Hidden Depths, due for publication in March 2022.

Met with…

Editors from all over the world as part of the DHA Virtual Frankfurt Bookfair. While we sadly couldn’t make it to Frankfurt itself, the translation team nonetheless pitched DHA books on Zoom to editors from over 50 countries! They pitched everything from children’s books to crime fiction to non-fiction. Between the team, they took over 250 meetings, totalling over 120 hours (or 5 real-world days!)

It was a great chance to meet and catch up with international editors we haven’t had the chance to see properly, and talk about DHA authors and why their books are so great. It was a long two weeks, with over 200 cups of tea, coffee and hot water with lemon consumed (and a few bottles of wine as well!), but the translation team were thankful to hear about how the publishing industries are faring all across the world and to reconnect with people after a strange couple of years.

Taking these meetings from home has its advantages – there were never any queues when going to the bathroom! And everything felt more seamless than in the past. Only a couple of meetings were interrupted by pet cats and, in one case, a pet mouse running across the screen!


Emma-Lee Moss as a new client to the agency. Emma is a writer and musician who performs under the name Emmy the Great. She is working on a work of non-fiction and a novel.


Jacqueline Wilson’s Wonderful World at The Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Featuring a selection of classical pieces and readings from Jacqueline Wilson and Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker), Emma Maggie Davies (Jess Beaker), Isabel Clifton (Hetty Feather) and Chloe Lea (Katie Carr). Look out for future broadcasts on BBC television and radio!

An intricate ‘long read’ by Sarah Watling in the TLS on Rebecca Birrell’s This Dark Country which described its ‘alternative history of twentieth century art’ as  ‘considered, bracing and elegantly constructed.’ We also travelled to Charleston for Rebecca’s dazzling, sold-out lunch-time lecture.

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


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