issue #26 – 11th April 2022

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


The announcement that Bad Wolf (His Dark Materials, I Hate Suzie) will be adapting the first book in Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles trilogy, The Winter King,  into a 10-part series. Kate Brooke and Ed Whitmore are adapting with Otto Bathurst as lead director.

Publication of Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England by editor-in-chief of the New Statesman, Jason Cowley (Picador, 31 March). Jason’s brilliantly insightful essays on the state of our nation have been serialised in The Times and been the subject of rave reviews in the Sunday Times and Observer:

‘I can’t tell you how refreshing it is in these polarised times to read a book on politics that doesn’t have an axe to grind . . . an essential read.’ – Matthew Syed, Sunday Times

‘Subtle, sophisticated . . . compellingly told . . . This is a gentle and intelligent book, refreshingly unpolemical and reflective.’ – Observer Book of the Week

Author of 32 Words for Field Manchan Magan as he takes a six week country wide tour of America with his show Aran & Im in which he bakes sourdough bread for 70 mins on stage while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language, exploring potent words for landscape, intuition and insight.  It’s a glorious celebration of Irish language, land and local food in which the audience churn butter themselves from Irish cream. For a full tour programme please visit his website Manchá

And publication of The Sloth Lemur’s Song by the distinguished anthropologist and conservationist Dame Alison Richard (William Collins, 31 March). Dame Alison was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week, talking about her book on the mysteries and wonders of Madagascar.

Made deals for…

Sophie Harman, whose debut trade book Sick of It: The Global Fight for Women’s Health was sold to Rose Tomaszewska at Virago / Little, Brown (UK & Commonwealth rights, by Andrew Gordon).


The big LBF announcement of Olivia Atwater’s Regency Faerie Tales,  the enchanting self-published fantasy romance series that Orbit will be bringing to bookshops near you in the UK and US this summer. German and French readers will be able to get their hands on translated editions later this year too, and we expect to have more good news to share very soon. Watch this space!

‘Whimsical but never frivolous, sweet but not sugary, deeply kind rather than merely nice. I loved it’ – Alix E. Harrow

This brilliant piece in The Times by Sarah Vaughan on scandals in Westminster and her novel, Anatomy of a Scandal, which is due to air this Friday 15th on Netflix.


Salomey Doku, a picturebook author/illustrator and graphic novelist based in Leeds. Originally trained in architecture, she eventually left to pursue her passion for storytelling. She has previously illustrated two picturebooks for a self-published author, and has many more stories of her own to tell and illustrate in this space. Alongside content for younger readers, she is also working on a graphic novel and young fiction concepts. We are so excited to see her light up the kidlit world! Salomey is represented by Christabel McKinley.

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


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