issue #34 – 18th July 2022

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


Publication of Crimson Spring by Navtej Sarna with Aleph, a novel told through nine historical characters linked by their connection to one of the worst outrages in British history.  On 13th April 1919 in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar General Dyer ordered his men to systematically open fire on a crowd of 25,000 civilians who were celebrating the harvest festival of the Punjab.   A strict curfew meant that the wounded were left overnight to die where they lay. “A beautifully evocative novel which uses the frame of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to show us how the interplay of history and memory produced the identity of Punjab.” (Vikas Swarup author of Slumdog Millionaire). Navtej Sarna has held many critical posts including India’s High Commissioner to the UK and India’s Ambassador to the United States.

The return of Charles Thoroughgood in Alan Judd’s new tense and gripping spy thriller, Queen And Country, published by Simon & Schuster on the 7th July.

Paperback publication of Lynne Truss’ Psycho By The Sea, her latest murder mystery in the award-winning Constable Twitten series.

Paperback publication of Paula Hawkins’ latest and bestselling thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, which has been selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick!

And publication of Anna Hoghton’s second children’s novel with Chicken House: Orla and the Wild Hunt. The children’s team went to Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath (where Anna was a former bookseller) for the launch and had cake, met a wild Pooka and toasted to Anna’s wonderful new book, which features a wealth of Irish folklore and focuses on working through the darkness of grief.


Jamila Gavin for a fantastic review and being chosen as Children’s Book of the Week in The Times with her new novel Never Forget You. “If there are any prizes left for children’s books by the end of the year… then Jamila Gavin’s thoughtful, engaging new novel should clean up.”


Seeing Val McDermid, Sarah Vaughan and Karen Joy Fowler feature in Nicola Sturgeon’s list of top ten books of 2022 so far.

Made deals for…

The Good Women of China by Liu Hong with Molly Slight at Scribe.  Set in China at the outset of the Opium Wars, the novel holds at its centre an intense relationship between two unusual Chinese women. Quijin is a brilliant kung fu master and poet and Wu Fang is an educator and revolutionary pushing against the confines of her society. Quijin is inspired by a real woman of the same name, often cited as China’s first feminist, and now a national hero; a 19th century poet who campaigned hard for women’s rights.

And for Life as an Act of Rebellion: a Revolutionary History of the Earth’s Intelligences by Melanie Challenger with Simon Thorogood at Canongate and Paul Slovak at Viking Penguin. Part personal essay, part science, part philosophy; a portrait of the psychosphere, of our planet as a tapestry where life forms interact intelligently. Melanie explains that life, intelligence and the way it interacts is rebellious.  Interactions between different life forms can actually transform the genome, change DNA and alter how it is expressed and handed down. Helping us to appreciate the diversity of life on our planet and re-evaluate our place in it as human beings.

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


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