The Bookman Release Day!

Words I never thought I’d type… again.

Yes, today’s the day! The classy new edition of The Bookman is officially out today in the UK – you can get it from Amazon, or indeed from your local Waterstones. The US edition will be out next week!

The good news is that Camera Obscura and The Great Game, in the new uniform edition, will be coming out very shortly too, and each book comes with new bonus content – The Bookman comes complete with the 15,000 word novelette “Murder in the Cathedral” – the true story of what happened when Orphan went to France, and a murder mystery set in the world’s first… scientific romance convention. 118,000 in total words!

I’m truly delighted to see the books get this new edition – my thanks to everyone at Angry Robot and my cover artist Sarah Anne Langton, for making this possible.


In a 19th century unlike our own, the shadowy assassin known as the Bookman moves unseen. His weapons are books; his enemies are many. And when Orphan, a young man with a mysterious past, loses his love to the sinister machinations of the Bookman, Orphan would stop at nothing to bring her back from the dead.

In The Bookman, World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar writes a love letter to books, and to the serial literature of the Victorian era: full of hair-breadth escapes and derring-dos, pirates and automatons, assassins and poets, a world in which real life authors mingle freely with their fictional creations – and where nothing is quite as it seems.

New 2016 edition includes the novelette “Murder in the Cathedral”. Discover, truthfully, what actually happened when Orphan visited Paris.

Nominated for Il Premio Roma!

Delighted to discover that Wolf, the Italian edition of A Man Lies Dreaming, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Premio Roma, in the Narrativa Straniera, or Best Foreign Fiction, category.

The nominees are:

  • Roger Hobbs, for Pronti a svanire
  • Charles Juliet, for Brandelli
  • Ayşe Kulin, for L’ultimo treno per Istanbul
  • Matt Haig, for Ragioni per continuare a vivere
  • Lavie Tidhar, for Wolf

Wolf is published in hardcover by Frassinelli, and translated by Alfredo Colitto.


Central Station Publication Day!

Central Station is officially out into the world today (Amazon, Amazon UK). Still hard to believe my odd little project is out there today, and even getting some really lovely reviews…

(You can also get signed copies exclusively from Forbidden Planet).

My utmost thanks to my agent, John, for believing in this book, and to everyone at Tachyon Publications who made it come true!

(And to my incredible cover artist, Sarah Anne Langton!)

Central Station

And some of the latest reviews…

“Tidhar’s last two books, The Violent Century and A Man Lies Dreaming, were rightly given great acclaim, so were always going to be tough acts to follow. Central Station maintains that standard, cementing Lavie Tidhar as one of science fiction’s great voices, an author who creates scenarios and characters that feel destined to become classics, ones that readers will be happy to revisit time and time again. It’s a compelling collection that mixes the epic and the intimate, one that succeeds at being profound, incredibly moving and, quite simply, stunning.” – Starburst Magazine

“Sublimely sensual, emotionally moreish, and composed with crystalline clarity” –

“[Tidhar] has created a textured and original future that echoes real historical and economic tensions while satisfying veteran readers with deliberate echoes of classic science fiction… Despite the book’s affectionate allusions to earlier science-fiction themes, its deeply humane world seems both thoroughly new and oddly familiar.” – The Chicago Tribune

Art and War Publication Today!

Art & War, my first non-fiction book (though it comes with some fiction, too, see below), is a collaboration with my friend, the author Shimon Adaf. It’s out today in paperback and e-book. The US edition is already available for the Kindle but it looks like the paperbacks will be out in a few days, on the 26th.

Art and War

Art & War is a book-length conversation between Shimon and myself, in which we cover subjects ranging from writing the Israeli novel, poetry, the Holocaust, war (of course), our respective childhoods, and our shared love of science fiction and crime fiction, among many other topics. It was prompted by what began as an interview I was conducting with Shimon back in 2013, The Convergence Between Poetry and the Fantastic, and which Shimon turned into a conversation between us.

In between the interview and the book, we each composed a short story that, taking their cue from the subtitle of “poetry, pulp and politics”, are also in dialogue with each other (and we each appear briefly in the other’s work as characters). These are both political, and works of speculative fiction. My own contribution, “Tutim”, is I think one of my best works in the short form, and Shimon’s own “third_attribute” (translated from the Hebrew by Yaron Regev) is pretty remarkable, I think, like everything he writes.

It felt important to write this book, though what value, if any, it has, will have to be left to any readers to decide. I am not fond of acknowledgement sections in books, but since I have the opportunity here, I’m very grateful to Niall Harrison for commissioning that first conversation linked above, and to Etan Ilfeld and Tariq Goddard at Repeater Books for taking it on.

I hope you get a chance to check it out!