issue #16 – 15th November 2021

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


All of the wonderful DHA authors and illustrators nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal. Please give a hand to: Jonathan Stroud, Anne Fine, Rachel Rooney, Jenny Valentine, Geraldine McCaughrean, Catherine Rayner, Nicola Davies, Michael Morpurgo, Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane!

Simar Preet Kaur on winning the 2022 Pen America/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History for her extraordinary expansive work with the truck drivers of India’s beautiful and brutal Manali-Leh Highway, a 475-kilometer winding road that borders China and Pakistan. Hyphenway in the Sky encompasses eight years of oral histories conducted with over 300 truck drivers across 91 trips, taking in extreme weather and climate and the navigation of gender and class relations. Simar is represented by Jessica Woollard.

Joanna Lumley whose latest book, A Queen for All Seasons, entered the bestseller list in its first week of publication! A unique portrait of – and touching tribute to – Queen Elizabeth II, this book celebrates our longest-reigning monarch as she becomes the first to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.


The release of the 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion. First published in 1996, it won the Smarties Prize that year and has remained a children’s favourite, a classroom staple and a bestseller ever since. Congratulations, Michael!

The ten-year anniversary of bestselling crime writer Rachel Abbott’s debut Only The Innocent. First published on the 14th November 2011, Only The Innocent was a #1 bestseller in the Amazon Kindle charts and the first of the Tom Douglas Thrillers. The series now consists of eleven spine-chilling bestsellers which have collectively sold over four million copies worldwide.

Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Liz Pichon and their places on the Waterstones list of ‘Best Children’s Books of 2021’.

Paperback publication of When the Lights Go Out by Carys Bray. When the Lights Go Out was The Sunday Times paperback of the week and a Guardian paperback of the month, where they wrote: ‘Bray shows how the most well-regulated household – and the Abrams’ is hardly that – can still tremble on the brink of collapse. What message could be more timely than that?’

Publication of Stephen Fry’s part memoir, part history book on neckwear, Fry’s Ties. Inspired by his hugely popular Instagram posts, Fry’s Ties features hand-drawn illustrations and photographs to celebrate his expansive – and impressive – collection of man’s greatest clothing companion: The Tie, in all its sophisticated glory. “One hundred ties later, many enthusiastic followers had been egging me to turn these posts into a book. And so I have” – Stephen Fry

Publication of Victoria Moore’s latest book and ultimate wine-pairing guide, Fried Eggs and Rioja.


Seeing children’s author Trish Cooke on the billboard on the Nasdaq office tower in Times Square, NY! Trish’s face was part of the New York skyline on the 4th November, as a thank you from Nasdaq for being a guest speaker during their 2021 UK Black History Month event.

Catherine Rayner’s Instagram takeover of Walker Books’ account to celebrate the publication of My Pet Goldfish. Catherine hosted a reading on publication day, followed by a live painting tutorial answering questions about all things ink, paper and goldfish as she went!

The Reading Agency’s 2022 Quick Reads collection cover reveal, which includes bestselling author Paula Hawkins’ chilling revenge story, Blind Spot, out on the 14th April 2022.

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


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