issue #18 – 17th December 2021

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


Merlin Sheldrake on winning the Royal Society Science Prize for Entangled Life: How Fungi Make our Worlds , Change our Minds and Shape our Futures, awarded by Brian Cox.  Entangled Life has been on The Sunday Times bestseller lists for 14 weeks, currently at no. 2 and at no. 11 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

J Blakeson on his Best Screenplay nomination for I Care A Lot at the Writer’s Guild Awards. The ceremony will take place on 14 February 2022 in London and will cover two years of exceptional British Writing. 

Nicola Davies and Jonathan Stroud, as The Reading Agency selected Davies’ The Song That Sings Us and Stroud’s Outlaws Scarlett and Browne as two of their books of the year!

Claudia Roden on her latest cookbook, Med, which has been selected for the Sunday Times Food Book of the Year and on winning one of the 2021 BBC Food and Farming Awards for the Derek Cooper Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award! You can listen to the podcast here.

And Jenn Ashworth whose “piercingly human and darkly funny” novel, Ghosted, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Portico Prize. Congrats, Jenn!


Seeing Jonathan Stroud and Kate O’Hearn place in the Amazon’s Top 20 Best Children’s Books of the Year with Outlaws Scarlett & Browne and Atlantis!

Seeing Wishyouwas, by Alexandra Page and illustrated by Penny Neville Lee featured as The Week Junior’s Book of the Week!

Publication of The Amazing Mr Blunden, a reissue of Antonia Barber’s 1969 children’s classic The Ghosts by Virago. The story has been adapted for Sky Max from the 1972 film,  now written, directed and starred in by the fabulous Mark Gatiss, and we cannot wait to tune in on Now TV or Sky at 7pm on Christmas Eve!

Ebook and audio publication of Lucy Diamond’scaptivating’ and ‘uplifting’ (Woman and Home) new novel, Anything Could Happen, which will also be released in hardback in the UK on 6th January 2022. 


The dramatic US cover for Sarah Vaughan’s Reputation.

Due to be published in March 2022 in the U.K. by Simon & Schuster, Sarah’s latest thriller is one of The Bookseller’s ‘Ones to Watch’ and you can read all about it on The Bookseller: Sarah was this week’s cover star!

Made deals for…

Noo Saro-Wiwa‘s travel narrative Black Ghosts with DHA Associate Elise Dillsworth selling to Ellah Wakatama at Canongate, publishing in Spring 2023.

Jessica Woollard who sold ROAD, a ‘ground breaking genre defying work of narrative nonfiction that blends memoir, history, fiction and short story by award winning poet and author Rob Cowen to Zennor Compton at Hutchinson Heinemann who envisages it as ‘a landmark publication’. ‘ROAD tells the histories and stories of The Great North Road from Robin Hood to Margaret Thatcher, the Civil War to the Peasant’s Revolt, revealing themes that echo from its Roman origins through to the present. ROAD is a book about time, place, history and memory; it is also a book of profound personal revelation written in dazzling and raw prose.” 


Liz Pichon on CBBC, Steph’s Packed Lunch and Sky News!  Her TV show, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has also released a Christmas Special, available now on Now TV and Sky Kids.

Listened to…

Spell Songs Vol II: Let the Light – The second album to come out of The Lost Words and The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris released last week. 


Arrival of the colourful window-jacketed proofs for Lucy Dillon’s moving new novel, After The Rain, due to be published on the 17th March.

And Milly Johnson’s enlightening blog post for The Bookseller on the importance of romantic fiction novels to readers and the publishing industry, and why it is time to start respecting their place on the bestseller lists and on our shelves.

Looked forward to…

New episodes from Tracy Beaker in The Beaker Girls! Tune in to find out how Jacqueline Wilson’s wonderful mother-daughter duo, Tracy and Jess, celebrate this Christmas. Huge thanks also to our co-agents The Haworth Agency and scriptwriter Emma Reeves!


The Finchale Award for Short Fiction introduced by award winning author Benjamin Myers who has gone on to critical acclaim since winning a Northern Writers’ Award in 2013 for his novel Beastings; recent titles include The OffingMale Tears and The Gallows Pole, which is currently being filmed by Shane Meadows for a BBC TV series;

Winning a Northern Writers’ Award was the first crucial step in my writing career. I always vowed that if I were in a position to give back the £5000 prize money via an annual competition, I would, and fortunately now with one of my novels being adapted for the screen, I can. The prize is named after Finchale Priory, once a medieval place of retreat for the monks of Durham cathedral, and a place that’s special to me. I’m excited to read the entries, and encourage writers of any background or ability to enter. I firmly believe that here in the north we don’t wait for things to happen – we make them happen.

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


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