Since 2013 I have been Publisher and Co-Director of Thistle Publishing, which has become one the UK's fastest growing independent publishers. We have been recognised by various awards including : Winner of the People's Book Prize 2017 - A Life in Death, Richard Venables, longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2018 - The Warehouse Industry, William Macbeth, shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Prize 2018 - The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle, J. D. Dixon.
I was the fiction agent for the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, during which time I was recognised as a Bookseller 'Rising Star' of 2013. Authors represented include David Quantick, Patrick Dillon, Marius Gabriel, Larry Enmon, Louisa Treger, Matt Wilven, C. M. Taylor and Carolyn Kirby.
I've written/ghosted bestselling books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin, Piatkus, and Summersdale. One of my books was a NY Times and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller for a total of 13 weeks, and the best-selling non-celebrity memoir of that year. My most recent book (under my own name), How to Remove a Brain, has been shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2019 (to be awarded in May 2019).
Shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2019“Hilarious, and sometimes stomach-turning, vignettes.”New Scientist"I never thought a book titled How to Remove a Brain would be so incredibly brilliant. David Haviland, I don't know you, or why you create books like this and Why Dogs Eat Poop, but you are clearly smarter than your maturity level."Kick Ass Book Reviews"I’m not going to lie, I read th... read more
Was there a real Lady Godiva? Yes. Did she ride through Coventry in the nude to persuade her husband to lower taxes? Probably not. David Haviland sorts fact from fiction in this entertaining compilation of historical trivia ranging from the Trojan War, the Delphic oracle and Julius Caesar to Sandringham's clocks, Kim Jong-Il's record-breaking round of golf - and even modern wireless technology... read more
SELF-HARMING PARROTS AND EXPLODING TOADS is a marvellous compendium of the world's most unpleasant creatures and animal facts. Entries will cover everything from the disgusting to the informative, including the following:* Are cows' farts a major cause of climate change?* What happens at a dung beetle wedding?* Why do vultures defecate on themselves? * What's the best way to fight a crocodile?... read more
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Ghostwriter and author (business management, higher education, psychology) with over 15 years' experience working with professional clients.
Ghostwriter and award-winning fiction and nonfiction author. Co-author with best-seller James Patterson. Passionate about the art of story.