In the last couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we have:
Kicking the year off with a bang with London Underground advertising for the paperback launch of Megan Nolan’s Acts of Desperation positioning it as the must-read for the beginning of 2022.
This spine-chilling trailer for Sarah Vaughan’s much-anticipated novel, Reputation. Out on March 3rd 2022.
The announcement of Jacqueline Wilson’s forthcoming book; a brand new addition to the The Magic Faraway Tree series, created by Enid Blyton. Published by Hachette Children’s Group on 26th May 2022, Jacqueline’s story will take three contemporary children into Enid Blyton’s original fantastical world where they meet Moonface and Silky and visit wonderful new lands at the top of the tree!
The wonderful Liz Pichon announcing her new book You Can Draw, jam-packed full of activities, step-by-step drawing guides, pages to colour in and much much more! You Can Draw will be published by Scholastic on 31st March 2022.
The news that Denis Villeneuve is set to adapt Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama and look forward to working with publishers internationally to bring this work to even more readers around the world in advance of its release.
Publication of Weike Wang’s second novel Joan is Okay, which was named as People magazine’s Book of the Week. You can read an excerpt of this heartfelt story on the Literary Hub website. ‘A novel as one of a kind as its memorable main character’ – Kirkus
And the publication of Send Nudes by Saba Sams, described by The Guardian as, ‘Rare and uplifting …In spare, rhythmic sentences, this exhilarating collection captures the light and dark of negotiating relationships, solitude, sexuality and loss. Sams makes language her own.’ We also enjoyed reading Saba’s personal essay on young motherhood in The Sunday Times Style magazine.
Daisy Sainsbury as a new client to the agency. Daisy is a writer and translator based in Paris, having completed a PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship in French literature at the University of Oxford. Her first book, Contemporary French Poetry, was published in 2021, and her short fiction, criticism and essays have appeared in Literary Review, ArtReview, 3:AM Magazine, and Modern Painters. She has been shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize and is currently working on her first novel. Daisy is represented by David Evans.
Sareeta Domingo to our agency, represented by Lizzy Kremer. She is an author, editor and publisher whose books include the anthology Who’s Loving You (Trapeze, 2021), If I Don’t Have You (Jacaranda Books, 2020) and The Three of Us (reissue due from Piatkus this year!).
Made deals for…
One Small Voice, a ‘powerful and beautifully humane novel’ by Mo Siewcharran Prize winner Santanu Bhattacharya sold by Jessica Woollard to Helen Garnons Williams at Fig Tree who will publish as a lead hardback in spring 2023. A brilliant and ambitious ‘condition of India’ novel that takes in the broad sweep of thirty years of social and political change in the country told with tender intimacy and joie de vivre through the story of Shabby, who stumbles through life haunted by trauma, propped up by privilege, bound by family expectations, fuelled by his own dreams, and sustained by friendship as he tries to navigate the contradictions of modern India. Santanu said, ‘In a place where history was written by colonialists and has since been rewritten by current powers, this story is an attempt to free ourselves of those meta-narratives and deep-dive into the everyday joys and traumas of common folk’.
Looked forward to…
A new production of Emma Reeves’ acclaimed stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather at the cliff-top Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The production will run from 10-21 April 2022, with tickets going on sale from 31st January. We can’t wait to see Hetty on stage again, especially in such a stunning venue on the Cornish coast!
We hope you enjoyed our latest news round-up. Happy reading, keep watching,