Announcing CANDY!

So the news is out – my next novel is the middle grade detective adventure Candy, published by Scholastic UK in June 2018. That’s less than two months away!

(You can pre-order it from Amazon if you’re so inclined).

It’s been a strange old journey – frankly, it’s a huge relief just finally being able to mention it! The book pre-sold in a number of countries, so there are several editions coming out this year in addition to the UK one. It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster!

It’s been fantastic working with Scholastic too, especially my amazing editor, Sophie, and I adore the cover and internal illustrations by Mark Beech – I can’t wait for people to see them!

I think Candy may well appeal to grown-ups as well as children – I’ve certainly tried to do that! – and it’s also, it seems to me, my most accessible book – it’s fast-paced and fun, while still dealing with some big themes.

The full announcement from my agent’s below, and the cover!


Due to be published on June 7th, 2018, Scholastic have described the novel as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Bugsy Malone for 9+ readers’. In CANDY, Lavie has created a thrilling, chocolate-mad world that leaps from the page, and his distinct voice and deployed film-noir style perfectly suit the action. He has created a brilliantly accessible and inspiring heroine in Nelle Faulkner, a determined, clever girl willing to follow any lead to get to the bottom of a complex conspiracy.

Here is the blurb:

In a city where candy is a crime and biscuits have been banned, Nelle Faulker is a 12-year-old private detective looking for her next client.

So when a notorious candy gangster asks for her help, Nelle is on the case.

Swept into a secret world of sweet smugglers and chocolate crooks, can Nelle and her friends find a way to take the cake? Or will they come to a sticky end…

The Scholastic edition is lavishly illustrated with internal black and white art by Mark Beech, who also provides the cover (above, full-wrap below).

The novel has been hotly anticipated, with foreign rights pre-sold in Italy to Mondadori in a five-figure deal (at auction), in Germany to Loewe (also at auction), in France to Bragelonne, in the Czech Republic to Argo, in Poland to Zysk and in Romania to Nemira. Further deals are anticipated.

Lavie said: ‘I can honestly say I feel like a kid in a candy store! When I set out to chronicle the adventures of Nelle and her friends, I never dreamed of the level of interest the story would generate. I can’t wait to finally hold CANDY in my hands!’

This is Lavie’s first book for children, following a string of award-winning novels for adults that saw him scoop the World Fantasy Award, among others.


Central Station shortlisted for Neukom Prize

Rather to my surprise, Central Station has been shortlisted for the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award, for “Speculative Fiction works that explore the ways in which computational ideas impact society.”

Very cool!

Here is the full shortlist (awards are presented for both a debut work and an established writer):

2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards Shortlist of Books:
“After Atlas” by Emma Newman (Roc, 2016)
“Best Worst American” by Juan Martinez (Small Beer Press, 2017)
“Central Station” by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications, 2016)
“Children of the New World” by Alexander Weinstein (Picador, 2016)
“Made for Love” by Alissa Nutting (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2017)
“New York 2140” by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, 2017)
“On the Edge of Gone” by Corrine Duyvis (Amulet/Abrams, 2016)
“Six Wakes” by Mur Lafferty (Orbit, 2017)
“Telling the Map” by Christopher Rowe (Small Beer Press, 2017)
“Using Life” by Ahmed Naji (UT Press, 2017)
“Void Star” by Zachary Mason (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017)

New 3-book deal with Tachyon in US

This was posted last week, so I guess it’s official! I have a new 3-book deal with Tachyon in the US – they did an amazing job on Central Station, so when it came to it, it was an easy decision… Tachyon will be published Unholy Land in October this year, followed next year by a novel called The Circumference of the World, which is a big, messy, ambitious manuscript that I’ve been working on for a long time. My long-time collaborator Sarah Anne Langton is designing the cover for Unholy Land at the moment.

In addition(!) – and this is something I’ve been hoping for for a while – Tachyon will issue The Violent Century in a US paperback edition. The novel was previously published in hardcover by Thomas Dunne in the US, and I’m delighted to finally bring it out in a more affordable paperback edition. No fixed date for that one yet.

I won’t say too much about the books at this stage, but will have more details (and a cover!) on Unholy Land very soon.

I may as well also say that this is only one of two book deals I signed recently, and news of a new novel, coming out imminently, are, well, imminent! The other book is a different kettle of fish altogether, so more on that soon. In the meantime, here is the full press release from Tachyon.

In October 2018, Tachyon are due to publish Tidhar’s UNHOLY LAND, a subversive new novel in the vein of Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and China Miéville’s The City and the City. In 2019, Tachyon will bring out Tidhar’s THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE WORLD, a science fictional noir/mystery centered around a book that disappears each time it is read. Tachyon will also reprint Tidhar’s widely-praised THE VIOLENT CENTURY.

Tidhar’s previous novel with TachyonCENTRAL STATION, received the Campbell Award and was shortlisted for the Clarke and British Science Fiction awards.

“We’re extremely pleased to be working with Lavie Tidhar again,” said Tachyon’s publisher Jacob Weisman. “Lavie is an extraordinary writer and a great fit for our line of literary science-fiction.”

Lavie is also the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning OSAMA, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award-winning A MAN LIES DREAMING, the critically-acclaimed Bookman Histories trilogy, and many acclaimed short stories and novellas.

Philip Kerr, 1956-2018

I was shocked at the sudden news last night that Philip Kerr died. I did not know him well but I knew him some and, more to the point, I simply liked him. I guess I kind of assumed we’d run into each other again sooner or later and catch up and now, sadly, I know we never will.

Back in 2011 I was living back in London, having spent five years away. It was winter, I was in a hastily rented apartment that was freezing cold, and the whole weight of how things have changed in my absence hit me. The world I came back to wasn’t the one I’d left. It was poorer, darker, and full of new nationalist and right-wing forces right out of history, suddenly stirring up again.

Naturally, I went to the library to catch up on the the new Bernie Gunther novels I’d missed. I think it was in one of the Cuban ones that Kerr has a throwaway line about how Adolf Hitler could have become a private detective. Later that night, I had the blinding realisation that if anyone could pull something as ridiculous and offensive as that off, it might just be me… and then I spent the next couple of years trying very hard not to write that novel.

However, at some point I finished The Violent Century and nothing else seemed to work and so one night I sat down and wrote the first sentence of what would become A Man Lies Dreaming, in which a hardboiled Hitler roams the streets of 1939 London, while a British fascist runs for Prime Minister on a platform of anti-immigration…

I had a two book deal with Hodder at the time and, thankfully, they accepted the novel for publication in late 2014. Around that time, I got an invitation to a small German convention in Leipzig, and to my delight I discovered one of the other guests was none other than Philip Kerr.

We met. I got to tell him how his book inspired mine. We kind of hit it off. He was funny, candid (I can’t repeat most of the stuff he told me), full of ridiculous yet no-doubt true stories – the time he was a guest of the KGB and they made him an honorary colonel; the time a NATO general sent an honour guard and a helicopter to escort him to some gig; the time he worked with De Niro… (“Did I mention that already?” – “You did, but I think that’s fair enough.”)

The last day of the convention we all had dinner at the Aurebachs wine cellar, where Goethe wrote Faust. We missed most of our dinner as we were taken on a tour of the cellar and the giant wine barrel that Faust was said to have ridden on. I was strangely gratified when the whole visit ended up as a paragraph in The Lady of Zagreb where Bernie’s having a dream:

I once visited the famous Aurebachs Keller in Leipzig where [Goethe] spent most of his student years drinking wine, and felt an affinity with the man that I’ve felt for no other. Then again, it might just have been all those pictures on the wooden walls of Faust drinking with Mephistopheles. I’ve often felt an affinity with him, too. […] for a moment I was drinking in the medieval cellar’s subterranean depths; then I was astride a wine barrel as big as a bull and riding out of the door and up into the marketplace…

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Me and Philip Kerr, a little mellow after a few glasses of German wine, Leipzig 2014.

Back in London, I sent him a copy of my book. Phil was kind enough to blurb it. He came to my launch event at Hatchards, which he approved of (“It’s where I hold all my launch events”, he said), then he ran off to watch the football with an unnamed Russian billionaire.  It was the sort of thing he did.

The last time I saw him we had lunch in Wimbledon, near where he lived. He wanted me to work on a book with him, which I couldn’t do and now kind of wish I did…

Then life got in the way and from time to time I thought of dropping him a line and then didn’t. I wish I did that too, now. But he was so young! And full of energy, and he could take out his laptop anywhere and any time and just start writing. At least I have a new Bernie Gunther book to read, still…

I’m gutted. It’s just – I liked the guy.

During one of our chats, Phil mentioned an idea that was so ridiculous, he said I was more than welcome to have it. It was a bit out there even for me, though it’s stuck in my mind ever since and, well, now Phil’s not around maybe I should try to write it anyway, in his memory. I think he would have laughed if I ever did do it.

He’s gone, which is hard to believe. At least the new Bernie Gunther novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts, is just about to come out, and Frederick the Great Detektive sounds amazing, too. Phil’s going to be around for a while.

And besides, I refuse to believe he’s really gone. I prefer to think he just did what Bernie did – he changed his name and got a new identity and now he’s laughing at all of us somewhere in South America, where he is no doubt still getting into trouble.

I think I’ll stick with that version, for a while at least.

The Very Best of the Best

Editor Gardner Dozois has announced the Table of Contents for THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST: 30 YEARS OF THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, to be published in Dec. 2018 or thereabouts. It includes my story, “The Memcordist”, which I am, I have to admit, very fond of.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • The Potter of Bones, by Eleanor Arnason
  • Rogue Farm, by Charles Stross
  • The Little Goddess, by Ian McDonald
  • Dead Men Walking, by Paul McAuley
  • Tin Marsh, by Michael Swanwick
  • Good Mountain, by Robert Reed
  • Where the Golden Apples Grow, by Kage Baker
  • The Sledge-Maker’s Daughter, by Alastair Reynolds
  • Glory, by Greg Egan
  • Finisterra, by David Moles
  • The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm, by Daryl Gregory
  • Utrinsque Cosmi, by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance, by John Kessel
  • Useless Things, by Maureen McHugh
  • Mongoose, by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
  • Hair, by Adam Roberts
  • The Things, by Peter Watts
  • The Emperor of Mars, by Allen M. Steele
  • Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Martian Heart, by John Barnes
  • The Invasion of Venus, by Stephen Baxter
  • Weep For Day, by Indrapramit Das
  • The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi, Pat Cadigan
  • The Memcordist, by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Best We Can, by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Discovered Country, by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Pathways, by Nancy Kress
  • The Hand Is Quicker…, by Elizabeth Bear
  • Someday, by James Patrick Kelly
  • The Long Haul, From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May, 2009, by Ken Liu
  • Three Cups of Grief, By Starlight, by Aliette De Bodard
  • Calved, by Sam J. Miller
  • Emergence, by Gwyneth Jones
  • Rates of Change, by James S.A. Corey
  • Jonas and the Fox, by Rich Larson
  • KIT: Some Assembly Required, by Kathe Koja and Carter Scholz
  • Winter Timeshare, by Ray Nayler
  • My English Name, by R.S. Benedict

¡Estación central en español!

Central Station is out today in Spain from Alethé Ediciones, translated by Alexander Páez!

This is my third novel in Spain I think (Osama and A Man Lies Dreaming both previously appeared).

Central Station has already appeared in Bulgaria, Poland, Israel, Germany and Romania. Further editions are scheduled for the Czech Republic, Russia, China and Italy. It’s quite a world tour for this little book!

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Jews vs Zombies vs Italians!

Delighted to say that today sees the launch of the Italian edition of my and Rebecca Levene’s anthology, Jews vs Zombies, in Italy!

Ebrei Contro Zombi is published by Acheron Books and translated by Davide Mana. The cover is by Sarah Anne Langton. The publishers are currently at the Cartoomics book fair in Milan, where the book’s on sale, or you can pick it up on Amazon Italy. All profits from the sale go to our chosen charity.

The English-language edition is available from Ben Yehuda Press and you can get in in nifty paperback or e-book alongside companion volume Jews vs Aliens.

Ebrei Contra Zombi