issue #17 – 29th November 2021

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


The culmination of a decade-long journey to publication of Magritte: A Life, by Alex Danchev (Profile in the UK, Pantheon in the US).

Alex was one of our foremost polymaths. Although he wrote on matters related to his ‘day job’ as professor of international relations at the University of St Andrews, in recent years he focused on art history and biography. At the time of his shocking, horribly premature death in 2016, he had completed perhaps 85% of his book on Magritte. It has taken another five years for the book to be sensitively and successfully completed, by the Magritte scholar Sarah Whitfield, and for the book to finally be published. We raise a glass to a great book, beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, and to salute the memory of a much-missed author.

The tenth anniversary of RSC’s fabulous Matilda: The Musical in the West End, based on Roald Dahl’s adored classic, at a gala performance at London’s Cambridge Theatre in the presence of 42 previous Matildas!

All The Names Given by Raymond Antrobus making the shortlist for the 2021 Costa Book Awards.

The paperback publication of Milly Johnson’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday which soared up the bestseller lists during the first couple of weeks of its release!

Publication of Sunday Times top ten bestselling author, Lulu Taylor’s latest novel A Winter Memory.

Sebastian Payne’s Broken Heartlands featuring in the FT, Telegraph and Times Books of the Year lists. The Telegraph ranked Broken Heartlands No. 5 in their list of the Top 75 Books of 2021, proclaiming it ‘reminiscent of Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier’, while the Times named it their ‘Political Book of the Year’!

Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon being shortlisted for the Swedish Adlibris Prize under the ‘Feelgood of the Year’ category! The Adlibris Prize was established in 2019 to pay tribute to ‘the authors’ ability to enrich our lives with their stories’. The prize is awarded for 9 separate categories and the winner in each category is picked by readers around the country. The winners will be announced on 25 January 2022 – go, Lucy Dillon!

Made deals for…

Ayesha Manazir Siddiqis debut novel The Centre with Sophie Jonathan and Salma Begum at Picador, publishing in Spring 2023. 


The cover for debut novelist Jessica Stanley’s A Great Hope, which will be published in Australia next February. This lead title by Picador follows three women as they learn how to live in the wake of tragedy: the death of the most important man in their lives.

The glorious cover for Sunday Times bestselling author Rosie Walsh’s next novel, The Love of My Life, to be published by Macmillan on June 23rd 2022.


Catherine Ryan Howard for winning Best Crime Novel at the Irish Book Awards for her lockdown thriller 56 Days!


Award-winning actor, writer and comedian/presenter Sally Phillips as the narrator of the audio edition of Lucy Diamond’s new novel Anything Could Happen. Phillips said: ‘Recording Anything Could Happen has been a truly enjoyable experience. I loved voicing Lara and Eliza as they’re such brilliant characters’. We can’t wait to hear it!


Reading Saba Sams’ story ‘Snakebite’ published online by Granta magazine from her forthcoming collection Send Nudes (Bloomsbury). Read about and pre-order these dazzling stories, beloved by Emma Cline, Megan Nolan and Pandora Skyes, here.

The Spanish (Seix Barral), Italian (NN Editore) and Polish (Filtry) covers for Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan. Megan was recently on an Italian tour in November, visiting her readers at BookCity Milano, Bologna and Firenze.

As well as the German cover of Anna Kavan’s Who Are You?, (Diaphanes), and the Greek cover for Stephen Fry’s Mythos, (Patakis).

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


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