Welcome to David Higham Associates, one of the world’s leading literary agencies.


Established in 1935, we represent an outstanding range of writers of commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, in all media and languages, and are the leading agency for children’s authors and illustrators.

Our Film, TV & Theatre department looks after talented writers originating and scripting material for stage, screen and new media, as well as selling screen and stage rights to the books we handle.

The agency’s longevity and track record speak for themselves. Please browse the pages of our website to find out more about what we do and the brilliant writers we work with.

We recognise that DHA is not fully representational and as a company are working together to change this. Read our statement about diversity here.

Find out more about our open days for under-represented writers here.


We are currently advertising the role of Translation Rights Executive. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th November 2023. Please click here for more information.

Words and Pictures: our latest news

Issue 58* 5th December 2023
Rave reviews for SLOW HORSES, Kae Tempest in Vogue, and more...
Issue 57* 21st November 2023
An amazing few weeks for award-winning DHA authors...
Issue 56* 30th October 2023
Waterstones Best Books of 2023, Anthony Joseph on the London Underground, and more...
Issue 55* 17th October 2023
Forward and Giller prizes, Bafta Scotland nominations, and more...
Issue 54* 5th October 2023
More literary awards for our wonderful authors and exciting first trailer releases...
Issue 53* 25th September 2023
An instant Sunday Times Bestseller, the Booker shortlist, and more...
Issue 52* 31st August 2023
Theatre, TV, and Booker Prize nominations...
Issue 51* 25th July 2023
Award nominations, TV news, and new Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature...
Issue 50* 17th July 2023
Our Open Day, award shortlists, and finding out what a doctor is...
Issue 49* 21st June 2023
Translation deals and new releases...
Issue 48* 7th June 2023
Latest roundup of new books from DHA authors...
Issue 47* 24th May 2023
Fresh releases, awards nominations and The Gallows Pole trailer...
Issue 46* 11th May 2023
News from DHA, including lots of exciting new books and various accolades...
Issue 45* 8th March 2023
Our authors on the Women's Prize longlist, a Pol Roger Duff Cooper non-fiction win, and fresh releases...
Issue 44* 14th February 2023
2023 is off to a strong start here at DHA...
Issue 43* 7th December 2022
Times Best Books of the Year, new releases, a bit of sad news...
Issue 42* 21st November 2022
Fantastic books to come, awards won and a new Cressida Cowell adaptation announced!
Issue 41* 7th November 2022
Waterstones Book of the Month shortlist for Jeremy Lee and a bunch of book birthdays!
Issue 40* 24th October 2022
Frankfurter Buchmesse, Space to Write, new releases and award nominations galore!
Issue 39* 6 October 2022
Announced the four writers chosen to attend an Arvon writers’ retreat by the judges of The Space to Write Project!
Issue 38* 21st September 2022
Celebrated audio and eBook publication of Linda Green‘s latest novel, In Little Stars, which is out in hardback in Feb
Issue 37* 6th September 2022
Celebrated publication of the mouth-wateringly good, debut cookbook from Chef Proprietor of Quo Vadis restaurant, Jeremy
Issue 36* 25th August 2022
Announced the beautiful title and jackets for global bestselling author Kate Morton’s new novel, Homecoming.
Issue 35* 28th July 20222
Welcomed the Diane Oliver Estate to the Elise Dillsworth Agency list. Diane was an exceptionally talented writer of
Issue 34* 18th July 2022
Celebrated publication of Crimson Spring by Navtej Sarna with Aleph, a novel told through nine historical characters
Issue 33* 6th July 2022
Celebrated Cressida Cowell’s time as Children’s Laureate! For the last three years, Cressida has been a truly inspiring
Issue 32* 24th June 2022
Congratulated Anthony Joseph whose book Sonnets for Albert has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry Best
Issue 31* 13th June 2022
Enjoyed Sky’s brilliant new adaptation of John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos, starring Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley.
Issue 30* 26th May 2022
Congratulated Cressida Cowell for winning the British Book Award for Best Audiobook: Fiction with Wizards of Once
Issue 29* 16th May 2022
Celebrated publication of Guinevere Glasfurd’s historical novel set in mid-18th century France, Privilege. Out this week
Issue 28* 5th May 2022
Celebrated publication of Through a Vet’s Eyes: How We Can All Choose a Better Life for Animals by Dr Sean Wensley
Issue 27* 25th April 2022
Watched the TV adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal, which premiered on Netflix on April 15th
Issue 26* 11th April
Welcomed Salomey Doku, a picturebook author/illustrator and graphic novelist based in Leeds. Originally trained in
Issue 25* 31st March 2022
Vanessa Chan’s ‘utterly illuminating’ debut, The Storm We Made, which was sold to Hodder in a seven-way auction.
Issue 24* 21st March 2022
Announced The launch of The Space to Write Project – a brand new opportunity for authors from Black, Asian and minority
Issue 23* 10th March 2022
Announced the appointment of Lizzy Kremer as David Higham’s new Managing Director, with Anthony Goff taking on the role
Issue 22* 28th February 2022
Congratulated Riaz Phillips for being shortlisted for The Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food and Drink Writers 2022.
Issue 21* 16th February 2022
Enjoyed Discovering that Tom de Freston’s debut work of non-fiction Wreck: The Art of Being Lost at Sea (forthcoming
Issue 20* 7th February 2022
Announced Netflix's adaptation of Sarah Vaughan's bestselling Anatomy of a Scandal which is set to be released on April
Issue 19* 21st January 2022
Kicking the year off with a bang with London Underground advertising for the paperback launch of Megan Nolan’s Acts of
Issue 18* 17th December 2021
Congratulated Merlin Sheldrake on winning the Royal Society Science Prize for Entangled Life: How Fungi Make our World
Issue 17* 29th November 2021
The culmination of a decade-long journey to publication of Magritte: A Life, by Alex Danchev (Profile in the UK, Pantheo
Issue 16* 15th November 2021
Congratulated all of the wonderful DHA authors and illustrators nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenawa
Issue 15* 1st November 2021
Made deals for Nikita Gill’s first YA poetry collection Here Are The Words with Macmillan Children’s Books which will
Issue 14* 18th October 2021
Celebrated The publication of Hot Air by distinguished climate scientist Peter Stott (Atlantic, 7 October). A riveting
Issue 13* 1st October 2021
Celebrated Robbie Morrison who won the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize for Crime Novel of the Year 2021 with Edge of the
Issue 12* 17th September 2021
Announced The cast for Ben Myers’ The Gallows Pole adaption from Shane Meadows, an adaptation of the Bluemoose 2017
Issue 11* 6th September 2021
Celebrated publication of Paula Hawkins’ latest thriller, A Slow Fire Burning. Reviews of A Slow Fire Burning have been
Issue 10* 13th August 2021
Our author Clare Dunkel who died last month following complications from motor neurone disease, which she was diagnosed
issue #9 – 23rd July 2021
The publication of A Trillion Trees; How We Can Reforest our World by Fred Pearce, out with Granta on August 5th.
issue #8 – 9th July 2021
The paperback publication of The Book of Trespass : Crossing the Lines that Divide Us by Nick Hayes. It tells the story
issue #7 * 28th June 2021
Tim Bowler, whose teen novel River Boy has won an Andersen Prize in Italy in the category ‘Best Book Ever Awarded’. Firs
issue #6 * 16th June 2021
This wonderful book clutch bag inspired by Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, produced by Paris-based fashion brand Ol
issue #5 * 21st May 2021
Val McDermid on being longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for Still Life.
issue #4 * 30th April 2021
Another brilliant week for Nomadland, inspired by Jessica Bruder’s book, which swept the Oscars for best picture, direct
issue #3 * 20th April 2021
Two birdy books that herald spring, the return of swifts from Africa and the promise of soft summer days to come.
issue #2 * 9th April 2021
The publication of The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus by Tin House in the US on 30 March.
issue #1 * 30th March 2021
In the last week at David Higham Associates we…Watched My Mum Tracy Beaker, adapted by Emma Reeves from the novel by Ja