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A Man Lies Dreaming

My new novel is out October 23rd from Hodder & Stoughton. The official announcement is here.

Pre-orders are available from Amazon and Waterstones.

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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Coming to America!

Delighted to say that The Violent Century will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in the United States.

Hardcover and e-book editions are currently scheduled for February 2015. The US edition cover below!

The Violent Century, Thomas Dunne Books 2015

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Osama in Europe

Osama was out last year in several European countries, and subsequently I found out that:

  • In Germany, my translator, Juliane Gräbener-Müller, is nominated for the Kurd Lasswitz Prize, in the Best Translation category, for her translation of Osama (pub: Rogner & Bernhard).
  • In France, my cover artist, Pedro Marques, is nominated for the Prix Imaginales, for his cover of Osama (pub: Panini/Eclipse).

Osama, France, 2013 Osama, German edition, 2013


This is fantastic news – Pedro’s cover was the last thing I expected for Osama, but as soon as I first saw it I knew it was absolutely right – I love that 1950s Penguin paperback vibe it has, that cool modernism. It ended up being used on the mass market paperback, the French, and the German editions of the book and was previously nominated for a BSFA Award.

As for Juliane, I can’t judge the German translation myself, but it’s been an utter pleasure working with her (and indeed, with everyone at Rogner & Bernhard, who have been amazing throughout), and I’m delighted to see her work recognised – in fact, I wish translators were recognised a lot more than they usually are, and it’s great to see the Kurd Lasswitz has a special category explicitly for translators.

Fingers crossed!

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The Violent Century out in paperback!

The Violent Century is out in paperback today across the UK!

You can pick a pb up from Amazon or in a Waterstones shop near you.

“A stunning masterpiece” – The Independent

“A sophisticated, moving and gripping take on 20th century conflicts and our capacity for love and hate, honour and betrayal.” – The Daily Mail

“An elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading.” – Metro

The Violent Century

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The Great Game published in Japan

The Great Game is now out from Hayakawa in Japan, the third and concluding volume of The Bookman Histories. Cool cover!

The Great Game, Japan, Hayakawa 2014

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New in Audio: Jesus & The Eightfold Path

My third novella this month to be given the audiobook treatment – it’s Jesus & The Eightfold Path!

Jesus & The Eightfold Path

Three Wise Men came from the East for the infant Jesus in The New Testament. Three brave companions accompany the Buddha in the Chinese classic A Journey to the West. Could they have been the same three? Guided by a star, three strange companions arrive in the barbarous land of Judea to seek a newborn child – a possible messiah to some, and the reincarnation of the Budda to others.

When the child’s life is threatened, his family and new guardians escape to Egypt, returning years later, to a Jewish land on the cusp of annihilation by the Roman Empire. Once a general in the Judean army, now a Roman agent, Josephus Flavius is sent by Caesar back to his homeland to observe and report on the actions of the troubling young man now preaching sedition in the Galilee – a boy with the unsettling powers of kung-fu….

Their lives would collide in a cataclysmic confrontation between Romans and Jews, between empire and rebels – and change the world forever….

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Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God in Audio

So, short on the heels of the audiobook edition of Cloud Permutations, Audible have released my 2012 British Fantasy Award winning novella, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God.

Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, Audible 2014

There is only one truth Gorel of Goliris – gunslinger, addict, touched by the Black Kiss – is interested in: Finding a way back home, to the great empire from which he had been stolen as a child and from which he had been flung, by sorcery, far across the World.

It started out simple: Get to Falang-Et, find the mirror, find what truth it may hold. But nothing is simple for Gorel of Goliris…

When Gorel forms an uneasy alliance – and ménage à trois- with an Avian spy and a half-Merlangai thief, things only start to get complicated.

Add a murdered merchant, the deadly Mothers of the House of Jade, the rivalry of gods and the machinations of a rising Dark Lord bent on conquest, and things start to get out of hand. Only one thing’s for sure: By the time this is over, there will be blood.

Not to mention sex and drugs…or guns and sorcery.

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Cloud Permutations in audio

Audible are bringing out 3 of my novellas this month in audiobook format, and first up is Cloud Permutations

Really a short novel, this is the closest I’ve come to young adult science fiction, I guess – definitely one of my favourites, and set on a planet colonised, centuries past, by Melanesians. I wrote it when living in Vanuatu. It’s also loosely part of the Continuity universe, for anyone keeping track.

It sailed a bit under the radar when it was originally published in hardcover – I still hope to see a new paperback edition at some point.

Cloud Permutations, Audible 2014

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Camera Obscura released in Japan

The second volume of the Bookman Histories, Camera Obscura, has just come out in Japan from Hayakawa. I don’t know who the cover artist is but those covers are just amazing.

My next two books in Japan will be The Great Game (the third volume of the Bookman Histories) and The Violent Century. Can’t wait!

Camera Obscura, Hayakawa, Japan, 2013

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The British Newspapers on The Violent Century

The reviews keep coming in for The Violent Century, and they’re pretty good!

“A stunning masterpiece” – The Independent

“Tidhar synthesises the geeky and the political in a vision of world events that breaks new superhero ground … Using fantasy to reassert the awful reality of the 20th century is a smart piece of defamiliarisation.” – The Guardian

“A sophisticated, moving and gripping take on 20th century conflicts and our capacity for love and hate, honour and betrayal.” – The Daily Mail

“It’s the X-Men as written by John le Carré … A love story and meditation on heroism, this is an elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading.” – Metro

“Could keep anyone, regardless of the types of stories they regularly enjoy, interested and engaged. Tidhar has created a book that oozes excellence in both characterisation and storytelling.” – The Huffington Post