issue #35 – 28th July 2022

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


The Diane Oliver Estate to the Elise Dillsworth Agency list. Diane was an exceptionally talented writer of short stories exploring race and racism in 1950s America. She began graduate work at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and was awarded the MFA degree posthumously days after her death, at the age of 23, in a motorcycle accident in 1966.


Award-winning author Karen Joy Fowler whose latest novel, Booth, has been selected for The Booker Prize 2022 longlist! A startling portrait of a country in the throes of change and a vivid exploration of brother- and sisterhood, Booth is a riveting historical novel focused on the very things that bind, and break, a family.

Beth Lewis whose brilliant novel The Origins of Iris was longlisted for the Polari Prize 2022. In the novel, a young woman fleeing her troubled marriage escapes to a remote cabin deep in the Catskill Mountains. There she is faced with a version of herself who made different life choices and is forced to confront the decisions and actions that have led her to this point.

And Bhanu Kapil on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Made deals for…

FT Whitehall editor Sebastian Payne’s The Fall of Boris Johnson, which will tell the inside story of a chaotic year in No. 10, and the scandals, rivalries and political machinations that led to the prime minister’s resignation. Pan Macmillan acquired World English language rights to the title, which will be published for Christmas 2022.

And Black Thorn by Sarah Hilary in a two-book deal with Vicki Mellor at Pan Macmillan. Black Thorn centres around the Gale family who think they have moved into their dream home in the ultra-modern Blackthorn Ashes estate, built high on the cliffs of the Cornish coastline. But what should have been a new start turns to a nightmare as they and their new neighbours are forced to evacuate their homes one terrible morning shortly after moving in…


Publication of Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter by Angela Hui. Read an extract in Guardian Saturday and tune into Takeaway on Radio 4’s Book of the Week from Monday.

Publication of Sarah Duguid’s latest novel, The Wilderness by Tinder Press. Featured as one of Metro’s best beach reads for this summer, The Wilderness is a “pungently atmospheric novel about a married couple who have to abruptly uproot to a Scottish island to look after their two nieces, whose parents have been killed in a car accident. Be warned, the beautiful descriptions of the landscape and the wildlife it is home to may well tempt you to do the same”. 

Paperback publication of Sunday Times bestselling author Lucy Diamond’s Anything Could Happen.

‘The book we all need – full of escapism, romance, hope and kindness’ – Milly Johnson
‘I couldn’t put it down’ – Jill Mansell

Publication of Eve Chase’s latest novel, The Birdcage, in the US.

‘…a bittersweet, beautifully written, slow burn family drama with a killer kick in the closing chapters. I loved every word of it.’ – Lisa Jewell

The Birdcage is Eve Chase at her very best: taut, intriguing and evocative. Du Maurier with a modern twist.’ – Veronica Henry

Publication of Alexandra Page’s second picture book with Stef Murphy: The Worry Tiger. The pair previously collaborated on The Fire Fox, which was shortlisted for the Oscar’s Book Prize this year. A mindfulness story that weaves calming actions into a magical story, The Worry Tiger shows young children ways to soothe their own worries.

And trade publication of Ten Thousand Stitches: the second book in Olivia Atwater’s Regency Faerie Tales trilogy. The series has been described as “smart and subversive” stories to “ignite your heart – and your hope” by Shelley Parker-Chan. The previous title, Half a Soul, was published in June, and the final volume, Longshadow will follow in August.


Attending the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate this weekend. Founded by our own Jane Gregory and Val McDermid nineteen years ago, Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival has become the largest celebration of crime fiction in the publishing calendar – and this year’s weekend of packed-out panels and fun conversations in the famous tent certainly didn’t disappoint.

Jane Gregory was delighted to raise a glass with Val McDermid, Robbie Morrison, Natasha Cooper, Amer Anwar, Kate Bradley, Rob Parker, S W Kane, A K Turner and Charity Norman on the Thursday night, and it was a pleasure to see so many more of our wonderful authors joining in the celebrations over the weekend.

We also enjoyed seeing our authors on the programme, from special guest Paula Hawkins being interviewed about her latest novel A Slow Fire Burning by NJ Cooper, Val McDermid’s masterful selection and chairing of the New Blood panel – a showcase of the year’s most outstanding debut novels – to hearing Robbie Morrison speak about his award-winning novel Edge of the Grave in a conversation about historical fiction. We’ve come away feeling incredibly proud and inspired by all of the terrific talent, and already can’t wait to return next year!

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


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