A Man Lies Dreaming

Winner: Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015

2016 Premio Roma Nominee

2015 British Fantasy Award Best Novel Nominee

2019 Geffen Prize Nominee

Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2016

Rolling Stone Italy Best Novels of 2016 Selection

The Guardian’s Best SF Novels of 2014 Selection

The Scotland Herald Best Crime Novels of 2014 Selection

LA Review of Books Favourite Crime Novels of 2014 Selection

Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List 2014

“A twisted masterpiece” – The Guardian

“Stunning” – The Washington Post

“Unmissable” – The Telegraph

“Complex, elusive and intriguing” – The Jerusalem Post

“Scabrous, juvenile and unsubtle” – The New York Times

A Man Lies Dreaming


Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.

An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.


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Play Store (ebook)

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“Theodor Adorno said that to write poetry after Auschwitz was barbaric. To which I would say, yes, but you can still write an excellent novel. A man Lies Dreaming is that novel.” – Philip Kerr

“Ambitious as hell” – Ian Rankin

“has been described as “a twisted classic” – and I think it is… For lovers of black literary humour, this book is a must.” – Mike Ripley

“My favourite book of the year, so dark, funny, wild and important. It’s a brilliant realisation of a down-at-heel Hitler, one of the best re-imaginings I’ve read, darkly serious with a great undertow of rage.” – Stav Sherez

“A work that is original, and funny,and angry, and moving, and significant.” – Nina Allan

“Intelligent, troubling, funny, at times harrowing, an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.” – E.J. Swift

“Amazing book.” – James Smythe


“A twisted masterpiece” – The Guardian

“Has not been published with the fanfare bestowed on Martin Amis’s The Zone of Interest or Howard Jacobson’s J, but it is their equal for savage humour… weird, upsetting, unmissable.” – The Telegraph

“Nasty, clever, waspish and witty… a brilliant and potent thought experiment” – The Sunday Herald

“Exceptional” – Library Journal (starred review)

“Stunning” – The Washington Post

“Bold and unnerving” – NPR

“Damn good” – Jewish Book Council

“A wholly original Holocaust story: as outlandish as it is poignant.” – Kirkus, starred review

“A vital, brilliant novel” – Barnes & Noble SFF Blog

“Outstanding and moving” – Maxim Jakubowski, LoveReading.co.uk

“Gripping… clever and thrilling work” – Buzz Magazine

“A novel that deliberately sets out to make the reader uncomfortable… provocative and imaginative” – Shots Magazine

“In turns brutal, harrowing, heartbreaking and intriguing…. [an] unforgettable novel.” – Gulf Weekly

“poetic & terrible… quite incredible” – Tor.com

“He is perhaps the UK’s most literary speculative fiction writer, and we should celebrate A Man Lies Dreaming as more a masterful work of literary fiction than of speculative fiction. But it is exactly that: masterful.” – Strange Horizons

“Incredibly inspiring yet terribly sad… it’s with a heavy heart that you’ll find yourself turning the last few pages, and it’s not simply down to reaching the end of the book. 5*.” – Sci Fi Now

“A brilliant novel.” – Pop Verse

“An extraordinary vision of a shifted, dark and rotted world… it’s hugely clever, aimed at (and hitting) both the reader’s heart and mind, witty and completely absorbing.” – For Winter Nights

“One of the most powerful books I’ve read this year… it will haunt your dreams and is his best novel yet.” – Sci Fi Bulletin

“Entertaining and poignant story… a wry look at detective fiction and a surprisingly generous recognition of the fragility of all men, and their convictions, makes for an unpredictable and thought-provoking experience.” – We Love This Book

“An original and intriguing portrayal of [Adolf Hitler].” – Paperman Reviews

“Fearless and audacious, raucously enjoyable and yet deadly serious.” – Dancing on Glass

“Nothing less than a masterpiece.” – Reader Dad Blog

“A darkly hilarious twist on nazisploitation and a deep revelation of humanity. The only other book I’ve read that sails in even remotely the same orbit is Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut…” – Books of the Year

“This novel truly is exceptional.” – The Eloquent Page

“Highly addictive” – Off the Shelf

“Scabrous, juvenile and unsubtle” – The New York Times


PS Publishing 2015. Signed slipcased edition limited to 200 copies, 2-book set with with bonus novella Lust of the Swastika.


A Man Lies Dreaming, limited edition, 2015


Frassinelli, January 2016, hardcover.



Argo, 2016



Kailas Editorial, 2017



Terra Nova, 2017

AMLD France


Keter, 2018

AMLD Hebrew.jpg


Takeshobo 2019



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