David Haviland is a writer, editor, and ghostwriter, with a number of bestselling books to his name, which have been sold to publishers all over the world and widely serialised.
David has written a number of books of amusing trivia and popular science. The most recent, How To Remove A Brain (Summersdale, 2012), is a collection of fascinating stories and anecdotes concerning the history of medicine and health. This book was previously published by Penguin in the US as Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar.
David's next book is a myth-busting guide to history, revealing the truth behind many long-held fallacies, called The Not-So-Nude Ride Of Lady Godiva (Penguin, 2012). This book will also soon be published in the UK.
David has also collaborated with Francesca Gould on a number of amusing trivia books, including New York Times bestseller Why Is Yawning Contagious? (Piatus, 2007), Horny Lizards and Headless Chickens (Piatkus, 2009), and Self-Harming Parrots and Exploding Toads (Little, Brown, 2010).
There’s a nice piece on the agency’s publishing imprint Thistle Books in the current issue of Writing Magazine.
‘As we speak, I am in the process of publishing several different books, one with the very traditional HarperCollins – (“Secret Child”, which I wrote with Gordon Lewis about his childhood in a home for single mothers in Dublin in the Fifties) – one with the selective, bespoke publisher Red Door – (“Chances”, an erotic love story which I ghosted for the author known only as “Penny”) – and one with Thistle Publishing, the enormously successful imprint run by literary agents Andrew Lownie and David Haviland, (“Pretty Little Packages” a novel about people-trafficking and modern slavery which was first published in 2001 under the title “Maisie’s Amazing Maids”).’
Jennifer Craig has won the latest IPR ‘Agents Pick’ competition for Yes Sister, No Sister: My Life as a Trainee Nurse in 1950s Yorkshire.
“Yes Sister, No Sister is an appealing, well written memoir about the life of a trainee nurse in the 1950s, with obvious similarities to the hugely popular Jennifer Worth.” - David Haviland
David Haviland has chosen counterfactual WWII novel ‘Waffen SS Britain’ by Paul Hurley as the winner of this month’s IPR Agent’s Pick competition.
David Haviland has selected Joe Crawley’s comic memoir More Ketchup than Salsa as the winner of this month’s IPR Agent’s Pick, describing the book as “A very funny tale of the expat experience… The prose is rich with irony, wit and comic absurdity.”
The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency will be judging The Guardian’s new monthly literary prize for self-published authors.
‘Each month, IPR License shortlists five titles which then go on to be judged by our partner agency, The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. We were very pleased to announce in February that Warren Durrant had won the latest IPR License ‘Agents Pick’ for his memoir Across the Wide Zambezi.’
“A pacy, entertaining memoir, by turns fascinating and amusing, with an appealing narrative voice.” David Haviland
IPR License, the global and digital marketplace for books rights, has announced that Warren Durrant has won the latest IPR License ‘Agents Pick’ for his memoir Across the Wide Zambezi.
Commenting on the winners book, David Haviland, agent at The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, said: “This is a pacy, entertaining memoir, by turns fascinating and amusing, with an appealing narrative voice.”
David Haviland has chosen Gil Hogg’s espionage thriller Codename Wolf as the IPR Agent’s Pick for December.
IPR License, the global and digital marketplace for books rights, has announced that Samsun Lobe has won the October ‘Agents Pick’ for his fantasy novel Ruin: Birth of a Legend.
Congratulations to David Haviland, who has been selected as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2013.
David Haviland selected Jill Darragh’s The Case of the Distant Relative as the winner of this month’s IPR Agent’s Pick competition.
“This is an intriguing detective mystery, with an excellent sense of the historical period and context, engaging with powerful themes regarding women’s emancipation and domestic abuse.”
IPR License, the global and digital marketplace for books rights, has announced the result of its inaugural member ‘Agents Pick’ with the winner Amanda Sington-Williams, being approached by top literary agency Andrew Lownie…
“With some deeply weird, wonderful (and grisly) historical facts, plus extraordinary revelations to make us think and laugh-out-loud, best-selling author David Haviland explores the more murky, mucky and mirth-inducing aspects of history, from the ancient Greeks to the present day.”
David Haviland is one of four literary agents judging the WowFactor 2013 competition for debut authors. The competition is being run by the Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.
‘It’s tough for a new writer to break into the publishing arena. But debut writers and self-publishing successes are great publicity hooks so we’re feeling confident and excited about this competition,’ says founder and co-director Helen Corner.
David Haviland’s myth-busting guide to history Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude? has now been the number one book in all its categories for a month and a half.
David Haviland’s Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude?, a collection of surprising historical trivia, has been selected for Amazon’s March promotion, which means that the book will be available for one month for just 99p. Thanks to this promotion, Queen Victoria is currently the number one book in all its categories on Amazon. Queen Victoria was the first book to be published under the agency’s new imprint Thistle Publishing.
The agency’s new fiction agent David Haviland is featured on the cover of next month’s Writers’ Forum magazine.