issue #25 – 31st March 2022

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

Made deals for…

Vanessa Chan’s ‘utterly illuminating’ debut, The Storm We Made, which was sold to Hodder in a seven-way auction.


Publication of Araminta Hall’s ‘immersive, suspenseful and humane’ (Louise Candlish) novel, Hidden Depths, published by Orion.

Several DHA children’s authors who were shortlisted for the CrimeFest 2022 awards! Congratulations to Wishyouwas, by Alexandra Page and illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee, Vi Spy: Licence to Chill by Maz Evans, The Outlaws Scarlett & Brown by Jonathan Stroud and The Outrage by William Hussey.

The cover reveal for the second book in Jonathan Stroud’s fantastic series: The Notorious Scarlett & Browne. What a beauty! The first in the series, The Outlaws Scarlett & Brown, has also been shortlisted for a UKLA award, which is judged entirely by teachers.

And paperback publication of Alan Judd’s A Fine Madness which was first published last year to excellent praise: ‘Alan Judd knows more about the secret world than any other writer living. To have him turn his expert eye on the world of Christopher Marlowe – and on Francis Walsingham, the Elizabethan George Smiley – is a special kind of literary treat.’ – Mick Herron


Tsitsi Dangarembga who has been awarded a prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize.

Our DHA authors who were shortlisted for British Book Awards! The 2022 list includes Paula Hawkins and Val McDermid whose latest thrillers, A Slow Fire Burning and 1979 have been shortlisted for Book of the Year: Crime and Thriller.

And Cressida Cowell who was shortlisted for Audiobook of the year for Wizards of Once: Never and Forever. Read by David Tennant, it’s an exhilarating listen!

Congratulations also to Jane Rogoyska on winning the $10,000 Lynton History Prize for Surviving Katyń (Oneworld). In the words of the judges’ citation: ‘As Rogoyska traces with a quietly masterful breadth of detail, however, evidence now proves that Stalin personally ordered the massacre [of 22,000 Polish POWs]. Thus her book is part detective story, part historical narrative, part biography of the victims, and part moral reckoning with urgent relevance to contemporary conflicts.’


The adventures of Liz Pichon in her wonderful doodle-covered campervan as she visits schools and bookshops for signings across the UK, ahead of the publication of the fabulous You Can Draw this week!

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


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