My latest collection, The Lunacy Commission, is out today in e-book and paperback. After I finished writing A Man Lies Dreaming I discovered I couldn’t quite let go of Wolf, as awful as he was. Over the past few years I dipped into his early adventures, set in the years 1937-1938, before the events of the novel itself. These were published – one in Apex Magazine, a couple in Maxim Jakubowski’s crime anthologies – but I wanted to put them together in a more permanent home. I doubt there will be anymore.
The new collection has an introduction by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The cover is by Sarah Anne Langton (matching the latest US edition of A Man Lies Dreaming in a fun parody of old Penguin Classics – “make it a Nazi Penguin”, I said, though we didn’t take it quite that far in the end). It contains one original story, “The Lunacy Commission” of the title, and a historical afterword setting some of the events and characters in context. You can get it here:
(For any Ted Lasso fans out there – yes, it’s that Richmond).
I taught Richmond’s undergraduate British Fantasy Fiction course several times in the past (a steep learning curve! And what led me to eventually write By Force Alone and The Hood) and have been involved in setting up the brand-new MA In Film: Science Fiction and Fantasy, which will run from this year. Depending on demand, I may also run a Creative Writing undergraduate course at some point.
This is a mostly honorific position, so I’m still mostly going to be, you know, writing books and stuff. If you’re after a Masters degree, though, do check out the new MA! It promises to be very cool, and is jointly accredited in the US and UK.
Also, you’re welcome to call me “Professor” if you like. I don’t mind! Honest.
I woke up on Saturday to a flurry of messages on WeChat. It turned out the Chinese edition of Central Station (translated by Chen Yang and published by Citic) had just won the Best Translated Fiction category of the Chinese Nebula (Xingyun) Awards, hosted in Hainan.
This is the third win for the book following the Campbell Award and the Neukom Prize. It was also nominated for the Clarke, Locus, Kurt Lasswitz (Germany), Geffen (Israel), Premio Italia (Italy) and the Premio Kelvin 505 (Spain).
Not a bad run for a book no one was ever going to publish! The Chinese edition is the tenth translation for the book, following editions in Bulgaria, Poland, Israel, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Russia and Italy. Here’s to a few more!
Nothing gives me more joy than writing “Publication Day” for a book other than writing it again (and again. And again!). So welcome to the world the brand-new UK edition of A Man Lies Dreaming, my favourite book, out now in a gorgeous new paperback from publishers Head of Zeus.
Winner of a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for Best British Fiction, shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award, the Premio Roma, the Geffen Prize, and a Seiun Award – who knows where it will go next, before the inevitable Penguin Classic edition of 2054?
1939: Adolf Hitler, fallen from power, seeks refuge in a London engulfed in the throes of a very British Fascism. Now eking a miserable living as a down-at-heels private eye and calling himself Wolf, he has no choice but to take on the case of a glamorous Jewish heiress whose sister went missing.
It’s a decision Wolf will very shortly regret.
For in another time and place a man lies dreaming: Shomer, once a Yiddish pulp writer, who dreams lurid tales of revenge in the hell that is Auschwitz.
Prescient, darkly funny and wholly original, the award-winning A Man Lies Dreaming is a modern fable for our time that comes “crashing through the door of literature like Sam Spade with a .38 in his hand” (Guardian).
“The best book I read last year is A Man Lies Dreaming” – Sting
“Ambitious as hell” – Ian Rankin
“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
“A raw, difficult and brilliant work” – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“Tidhar changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.” –Library Journal
The daughter of a legendary card player with skills of her own, Claire doesn’t want to go into the family business. She’s heard the call, and she desperately wants to become a nun. But when her convent comes under financial threat, Claire must leave what she loves to save what she loves–and enter an international poker tournament.
Both a poker novella and a meditation on faith, The Big Blind is a taut, heartfelt and compelling new book from multiple award winner Lavie Tidhar.
Ok, so shops are still closed, but the magnificent tome that is The Best of World SF (complete with shiny foil cover!) is officially out today in the UK – official US publication is in June.
I couldn’t be happier with it – publishers Head of Zeus really pulled out all the stops on this one. But of course my first thanks are to all the authors who entrusted their stories to me. I hope this does you proud!
The Best of World SF is available internationally on Book Depository, Waterstones, Amazon of course, Foyles, or, hopefully, your local independent bookshop (you can always order from them!).
We should have a fun UK launch for the book on Zoom near the end of the month, and a lot of fun events lined up in the lead up to the US publication. In the meantime, here’s to World SF taking over the world!
It is, of course, hard to tell it’s publication day, what with there being no bookshops or comics shops. Still. Who knows! You can buy it on the virtual plain. Or by astral projection. Remember to disinfect on arrival. Wear a mask at all times while reading comics.
Back in 2012(!) when we sold Adler, I went into the London Graphic Centre and bought myself two special pens, one gold, one silver. I was going to sign my new comic with them! Then time passed, then more time passed… and then we launched the comic run into a global pandemic and never left the house again. Now the omnibus graphic novel is out. If and when I get my own copies I might try to sign one, if the pens still work…
“Propels an ensemble of historical figures and literary characters through a knotty and thrilling plot packed with intrigue and visceral action, illustrated with a keen eye for historical detail.” – Library Journal, Starred Review
“This thrilling comic bursts with reimagined period characters… with strong crossover appeal, as well as twists and derring-do aplenty.” – Publishers Weekly
“Feels fresh throughout. … Adler is pure entertainment.” – Foreword (5*)