issue #23 – 10th March 2022

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


The appointment of Lizzy Kremer as David Higham’s new Managing Director, with Anthony Goff taking on the new role of Chair of the Board of Directors.


Leone Ross who has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for her novel This One Sky Day.

Jane Rogoyska on being shortlisted for the 2022 Mark Lynton History Prize for her book Surviving Katyn (Oneworld).

All concerned for the Audie Award for Macmillan Audio’s edition of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, narrated by the star of the Channel 5 TV adaptation, Nicholas Ralph.

Jonathan Stroud for being included in the top 10 books nominated for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Book Award with Outlaws Scarlett & Browne. This award is solely voted for by children across the UK – we’re so thrilled they’re enjoying the series as much as we are!

Tish Delaney whose debut novel, Before My Actual Heart Breaks, made the longlist for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.

Milly Johnson on reaching Number 1 in the bestseller chart at the Kindle Store for her latest novel, The Woman in the Middle, which was also published in paperback on 3rd March.

Milly was also awarded the Richard Whiteley Award at the Yorkshire Awards in recognition of the outstanding inspiration she has given to others within the county.


Publication of bestselling author Sarah Vaughan’s much-anticipated political thriller, Reputation, which received an excellent review in The Sunday Times below.

We were also thrilled to see this brilliant billboard displayed in Farringdon:

Publication of The Restless Republic by Anna Keay (William Collins), her magisterial history of the period after the Civil War when England experimented with a monarch-free society.

Anna’s book has already received some amazing reviews, including:

“Brims with life, colour, humour, and humanity . . . A dazzling achievement, and I loved every page” Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

“[Keay] leads us expertly through the labyrinth that was England in the 1650s, [and] she does it with style . . . Entirely convincing . . . A remarkable achievement” Adrian Tinniswood, Sunday Telegraph

Publication of Rosie Walsh’s The Love of My Life by Viking Books in the US and the thrilling news that her novel has been selected as Good Morning America’s Book Club pick for March! Take a look at the wonderful Book Club Kit which you can download here

Publication of Nick Sharratt’s wonderful picture-book, Super Silly Museums.

World Book Day! It was wonderful to see the fantastic author events and children’s costumes last week celebrating the joys of reading. One highlight was the inclusion of Clive King’s Stig of the Dump in the Duchess of Cambridge’s top 5 children’s book picks for the Duchess of Cornwall’s ‘Reading Room’ Instagram account. You can watch the video here.

The reissuing of Jill Paton Walsh’s children’s classic, A Parcel of Patterns, by Vintage. The award-winning novelist retells the true story of the village of Eyam, which locked itself down in 1665 to prevent the spread of plague to its neighbours – a poignant read of courageous sacrifice.

The launch of Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales by Doreen Cunningham last week, with her editor at Virago, Rose Tomaszewska and a fabulous Soundings book cake.

You can listen to Doreen here on BBC World Service Weekend (the piece starts at 19:11 minutes in)  talking about how she followed the grey whale migration for 10,000 miles from Mexico to the Arctic, on public transport, with her two year old toddler Max, after becoming homeless. The whales came when he sang


The cover reveal for Professor Devi Sridhar’s Preventable (Viking, April) – one of our leading commentators on the pandemic offers brilliant insights into how we might avoid similar crises in the future.

Seeing Little Baby’s Playtime, written by Sally Symes and illustrated by Nick Sharratt go out to homes across Scotland as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug Bag For Babies scheme, in which thousands of babies and toddlers receive a bag to introduce them to reading.

Made deals for…

Virginia Woolf by Ella Bucknall. Spanish rights have sold to Lumen and French rights have sold to Grasset.

Paco Calvo’s Planta Sapiens. There was an Italian pre-empt by Il Saggiatore. Czech rights are currently under offer.

And Simon Mason who has been commissioned by Riverrun for two more Ryan Wilkins novels. The first, A Killing in November, has been a critical and commercial success.

And welcomed…

Yuji Huang, who was born in Shanghai and grew up in the American South and currently lives with her husband and two young sons in London, where she works as a lawyer. Yuji is working on her debut novel and is represented by Lizzy Kremer.

And Jess Cartner-Morley, an associate editor (Fashion) at the Guardian. Jess has been the paper’s chief voice on fashion for two decades, with writing which ranges from covering the international collections to writing a weekly column about real-life dressing. She has written for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar and Grazia. Jess was named Fashion Journalist of the Year for 2017 and for 2020 and is represented by Lizzy Kremer. 

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


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