issue #20 – 7th February 2022

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


Netflix’s adaption of Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling Anatomy of a Scandal which is set to be released on April 15th. See some great pre-publicity in Harper’s Bazaar and Entertainment Weekly here.

News that Sarah Vaughan’s next upcoming thriller, Reputation, has been optioned for television by Made Up Stories and 3dot Productions, who also executive produced the Netflix adaptation of Anatomy of a Scandal. Sarah’s latest novel is a “5 star thriller” (Marian Keyes) due to be published by Simon & Schuster on  March 3rd 2022 in the UK and on July 5th.


Nick Sharratt on winning the BookTrust Storytime prize for his and Katrina Charman’s book, Whales on the Bus.

Cressida Cowell  on being announced as a judge in the Children’s Illustrated category of the British Book Awards 2022.

Amer Anwar on his brilliant short story, which has been included in an anthology of short stories by crime writers from diverse cultural backgrounds, The Perfect Crime.

The news that DHA stage and screen client Bex Bowsher has become the RTYDS Assistant Director for Northern Stage and Live Theatre as part of their 18-month scheme.


Megan Nolan being shortlisted for The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award — the UK and Ireland’s most influential prize for young writers. Previous winners include Zadie Smith, Sarah Waters, Sally Rooney, and Helen Simpson. The 2021 winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 24th February 2022. Megan was also longlisted for one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Publication of Price Wars by Rupert Russell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK, and Doubleday in the US).

Price Wars is a totally original and stimulating read, part war zone reportage, part economic history and buzzing with ideas about the way markets work that will change your understanding of the world we live in’ —Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance

Publication of Katy Regan’s beautiful new novel How To Find Your Way Home in the UK, which will also be published in the US on February 15th.

The inclusion of Nicola Davies and her picture book Last and Laura Mucha and her children’s non-fiction book Being Me in EmpathyLab’s 2022 must-read collection. All 60 books for 4-16 year olds were chosen to encourage and empower an empathy-educated generation.

And the release of Season 2 of Liz Pichon’s The Brilliant World of Tom Gates on Sky Kids. We hope you enjoy this brand-new season and remember – keep doodling!


Tsitsi Dangarembga as a new client to the agency, represented by Niki Chang. Tsitsi is author of the acclaimed Tambudzai Trilogy. The final novel in the trilogy This Mournable Body was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.

And Rohan Heath. Rohan is a songwriter and founder of the pop group Urban Cookie Collective. His memoir, The Silver Thread: A Journey Through Grief, reflects on his passion for fly fishing and the healing power of nature as the river becomes a conduit for his grief. He is represented by Elise Dillsworth.


Finished copies of An Unusual Grief by Yewande Omotoso. Take a look at the great cover below and this  wonderful review in the Guardian. Out on 22nd February from Cassava Republic.


Seeing Robbie Morrison’s Edge of the Grave included alongside this wonderful collection of items for Canadian booksellers McNally Robinson for their January 2022 Mystery & Crime subscription box!

Reading Cressida Cowell’s piece in the TES on the joys and wonders of libraries for #NationalStoryTellingWeek.

And the tour to launch the second Spell Songs album, Let The Light In, inspired by extraordinary creative duo Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, which ended last night with a packed gig at Cadogan Hall in London. Jackie Morris painted creatures from The Lost Spells (Hamish Hamilton, House of Anansi) live on stage, projected onto a huge overhead screen while the band performed. As Jackie said; ‘protest can be beautiful’.

Made many more rights deals including…

Sarah Pinborough’s upcoming thriller Insomnia with Piemme who will publish an Italian edition.

And Megan Nolan’s Acts of  Desperation into Danish to Turbine, which brings us to a total of 15 international editions for this novel.

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


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