issue #21 – 16th February 2022

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


Discovering that Tom de Freston’s debut work of non-fiction Wreck: The Art of Being Lost at Sea (forthcoming from Granta in March) has been chosen by Waterstones as their Bookseller Choice of the Month. We are particularly grateful to James Upton at Waterstones in Canterbury for his passionate close reading of the book and this wonderful display:


The news that this week’s UK Official Top 50 chart sees Val McDermid’s 1979 take the top spot, making 1979 the first fiction book to do so in 2022! Congratulations to Val and to everyone at Little, Brown and DHA.

Publication of Katy Regan’s How To Find Your Way Home in the US. Take a look at this wonderful book-club kit linked here.

‘A truly touching story about love, hope, belonging and memory, with authentic and lovable characters who you’re rooting for from the first moments.’ Araminta Hall

‘Beautiful, heartbreaking and life-affirming’ Rosie Walsh

Made deals for…

The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer, a joyful debut novel about death set in New York City. Viking pre-empted in 24 hours in the UK and PRH Australia triumphed in a hotly contested auction in Australia.

And for Tasha Silva’s debut psychological thriller, The Guest Room, with Holt in the US. The novel follows a young woman who rents out her spare room to a mysterious stranger and discovers more than she bargained for when she snoops through his possessions. Welbeck will publish in the UK in 2023.

Been entertained by…

Robert Macfarlane and Johnny Flynn with a stunning evening of story and song last week at the Globe’s Sam Wannamaker Theatre.  Inspired by the first known book, the Epic of Gilgamesh, in lockdown they wrote an album, Lost in the Cedar Wood and now with this story a nascent book is poised to emerge. 


The fantastic new adaptation of Jacqueline Wilsons Little Darlings on Sky Kids and Now TV, starring popstars Lemar and Jamelia!

And welcomed…

Lynsey May and April Roach as a clients to DHA. Lynsey is currently working on a novel Weak Teeth, a darkly comic take on dental trauma and on the sacrifices we make for family and partners – and how those seemingly selfless choices can eat away at us. April is writing a YA speculative fiction novel, The Best View. Both Lynsey and April are represented by Sara Langham.

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


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