issue #33 – 6th July 2022

Over the past couple of weeks at David Higham Associates, we have:


Cressida Cowell’s time as Children’s Laureate! For the last three years, Cressida has been a truly inspiring laureate and has brought hope to so many children, teachers, librarians and adults across the UK during a very difficult time, all with her signature style, humour and curiosity. Her #LifeChangingLibraries campaign has transformed six schools across the country, and inspired many more while, as Cressida noted, ‘adding to the raft of evidence about the crucial role reading for pleasure and school libraries play in a child’s life chances’. The baton will now pass to children’s poet Joseph Coelho.

Seeing The Murderer by Roy Heath, featured in The New York Review of Books, and Sonnets for Albert by Anthony Joseph in Guardian Books best recent poetry – review roundups.

DHA authors Val McDermid and Tina Baker making the Dead Good Reader Awards 2022 shortlist. Make sure to vote for them here!

The upcoming release of the second instalment in Jonathan Stroud’s The Notorious Scarlett & Browne. We enjoyed chatting all things Outlaws at Jonathan’s book launch in Waterstones Kensington last week and can’t wait for the book to be released out into the world.

Phil Tinline on the publication of his first book The Death of Consensus (Hurst), which has already gained rave reviews from Dominic Sandbrook in the Sunday Times and John Gray in the New Statesman, who called it ‘one of the most original and enjoyable books on British politics to have appeared for many years’.

Philip Short on the publication of his extraordinary biography Putin, His Life and Times, which was serialised in The Sunday Times and The Times on 26th and 27th of June.

Author and illustrator, Catherine Rayner, on being chosen for The Times Book of the Week with her brand-new picture book, Five Bears. With characterful and emotive illustrations, Five Bears is a moving book about friendship and looking past differences.

Publication of Tish Delaney’s beautiful new novel, The Saint of Lost Things, which was published by Hutchinson Heinemann on the 30th June.

‘Tish Delaney’s first novel, Before My Actual Heart Breaks, suggested that she was an author of rare promise and acuity. This follow-up confirms her as one of the most arresting voices of her generation.’ – The Observer

Publication of bestselling author Sarah Vaughan’s Reputation in the US and Canada.

Publication of Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone by Jackie Morris, with John Mitchinson at Unbound. A pillow book of poems, dreams and stories typed directly onto gold leaf, feathers and leaves, then photographed in sunlight and printed on special paper. Fitting words around the shape, shifting the focus to find in that space a kind of peace.

Made deals for…

KT Hoffman’s debut novel The Keystone Combination, a joyful and heated enemies-to-lovers love story about what happens when the first openly trans professional baseball player in history is forced to share the field with his arch-nemesis. UK and Commonwealth rights were sold to Callum Kenny at Little Brown on behalf of Allison Hunter at Trellis Literary Management.

Is a River Alive?  by Robert Macfarlane with Simon Prosser at Hamish Hamilton.  At the heart of Is a River Alive? is a powerful, counter-intuitive idea: that rivers, forests and mountains are living beings, and that as such they have rights which should be recognised both in imagination and in law. The book travels vastly across time; from the Sacred Cedar Wood that is felled in The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest written work in world literature, through our troubled present and on into the precarious Anthropocene future. Passionate, political and profound, Is A River Alive? draws on remarkable new scientific breakthroughs, as well as traditional ecological knowledge, to argue for the need to recognise and protect the extraordinary, imperilled liveliness of the more-than-human world. For publication in 2025.


Being entertained at The Wealden Literary Festival by Jackie Morris who painted live to The Lost Sounds (Penguin), an original soundscape made for The Lost Words, created by the wildlife recordist Chris Watson, Jay Griffiths talking about the devil’s interval in music and Nemesis, My Friend (Little Toller), Charles Foster on quantum locality and human consciousness in Being a Human (Profile) and Doreen Cunningham on learning lessons in endurance from grey whales and Soundings (Virago).

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


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