issue #27 – 25th April 2022

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


The TV adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal, which premiered on Netflix on April 15th and in a few short days managed to surpass Bridgerton to become the No. 1 Netflix series worldwide!

The show even had simultaneous billboards in Times Square and Piccadilly Circus!

Listened to…

The serialisation of Professor Devi Sridhar’s Preventable on Radio 4’s Book of the Week (catch up on BBC Sounds). Preventable, published by Viking on 21st April, gives a world-leading expert’s insider account of the story of the pandemic and sets out the lessons we can learn from it.


Jackie Morris’s design for this year’s Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag, which will be available exclusively in bookshops across the UK and Ireland from Bookshop Day (Saturday 8th October 2022). In 2017 Jackie won a Books are my Bag Readers Award in the Beautiful Book Category for her illustrations for The Lost Words, in collaboration with Robert Macfarlane.

Jackie said: “As a writer I owe my career to booksellers. As a reader I love the individuality of different stores that so beautifully reflect the personalities of the staff. It is a real honour to be invited to design this year’s Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag, to celebrate Bookshop Day, and I hope it gives readers and lovers of books one more reason to visit their favourite bookshops this autumn.”

Looked forward to…

Splendiferous new audio editions of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Witches, narrated by comedians James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan and Lolly Adefope, coming soon from Puffin.


The launch of Harriet Tyce’s new thriller, It Ends at Midnight, with an illumination of the Edinburgh sky line.

Publication of Alice Walker’s Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker, 1965-2000, edited by Valerie Boyd – a collection which takes us on an intimate journey into the life of the literary legend.

E. R. Braithwaite (To Sir, With Love), Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange), Muriel Spark (The Girls of Slender Means), Tim Winton (Cloudstreet) and J. M. Coetzee (Disgrace) on being included in The Big Jubilee Read, which celebrates works from across the Commonwealth published in the last 70 years.

Publication of Deborah Rodriguez’s anniversary edition of The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul.

And publication of Paula Hawkins’ novella, Blind Spot, written for The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads programme designed to help less confident readers dip into and enjoy easy-to-read books by best-selling authors.


Alexandra Page, whose debut picture book The Fire Fox, illustrated by Stef Murphy, has been chosen as one of six finalists for the Oscar’s Book Prize 2022. The judges this year included former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The winner will be announced by Princess Beatrice, the award’s patron, on the 17th May. Many congratulations, Alex and Stef!

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


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