Announcing The Violent Century – and Cover Reveal!

One of my favourite novels, The Violent Century, came out from Hodder & Stoughton in the UK in 2013 (and is currently on a very special £0.99 Kindle promotion in the UK!). It is now being published for the first time in paperback (and with reasonable e-book prices to match!) in the US, by Tachyon. The book comes with a new introduction from the great Cory Doctorow, and will be out in July!

And here for the first time is the new cover, by Sarah Anne Langton!



Italian cover for Candy!

Candy, published as La città senza cioccolato, is coming out in Italy at the end of this month! Published by Mondadori, here is their (rather awesome!) cover:


End of Year: 2018

The by-now-obligatory end of year post. I’ve been doing them for a few years now…


I had two out this year! Candy, which is my first middle-grade novel (nominally for 9-12 year olds, though I’d like to think adults may well enjoy it), was published in the UK by Scholastic, and very quickly in France, Germany and the Czech Republic – with Italian, Polish and Romanian editions out next year. It’s had some nice reviews, including a mention in the FT’s Best of 2018 list.

And Unholy Land just came out, with an audio edition from Blackstone and a collectors edition from PS Publishing – it was only published in November and already gone to reprint, which is nice! And it’s had some lovely reviews, including being on multiple Best of the Year lists (NPR, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, Library Journal, Crime Time…).

Central Station also came out in a bunch of translations all over the place – Russia, Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy… With a Chinese edition due next year. And A Man Lies Dreaming came out in Israel.


Rather to my surprise, Central Station ended up winning an inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award from Darmouth College. The prize was a rather nifty trophy, a cheque for $5000, and a trip to the States, and I got the opportunity to visit both New England and New York (and also, eat deep-fried mac and cheese balls with truffles!).


The Apex Book of World SF 5, this one edited by Cristina Jurado, came out this year. It was great working on it, and hard to believe it’s been ten years – and five volumes! – since I started doing it.


I just released my novella, The Vanishing Kind, out as an e-book – it’s one of my favourite things to have written, and was previously published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction a couple of years back.

And a mini-collection of some SF shorts came out in an exclusive Italian edition this year, Terminale Terra, which was a very cool little thing to do.

Short Stories

New stories this year were:

As a bonus cool thing, LeVar Burton reads “Yiwu” over at LeVar Burton Reads!

Not as many stories as I thought there were, but that’s mostly cause I was pretty productive and have a whole bunch now scheduled for next year…

Next Year!

As usual it’s kinda hard to say… The American paperback edition of The Violent Century comes out in the summer and “New Atlantis”, a substantial novella, is coming out in F&SF. Candy is out in Europe, Central Station in China, Martian Sands gets an audio edition, and I just sold a new picture book, of which details soon… So it’s a bit early to say what exactly will be out in 2019, but as usual expect a bunch of new short stories at the very least, as I plug away on a rather… epic novel I’ve been working on for the past year and a half or so. And 2020 should see The Circumference of the World hitting shelves, at the very least.

Should be busy!



The Vanishing Kind

The Vanishing Kind, one of my favourite novellas, is now available as an e-book [Amazon] [Amazon UK], with an original cover by Sarah Anne Langton.

Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 2016, it went on to be reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies, translated into Polish, and implausibly long-listed for the Hugo Awards. It is now available for the first time as an e-book. Here are some details!

The Vanishing Kind Ebook

London after the war wasn’t a place you went to on holiday…”

Gunther Sloam comes to Nazi-occupied London in search of an old flame. But when she turns up dead, Gunther is accused of the crime…

Moving through the dark streets of London, pursued by the enigmatic Everly of the British Gestapo, Gunther is in way over his head. London after the Nazi occupation is a place haunted by shadows, and everyone he meets is lying to him. As Gunther gets drawn into a deadly web of conspiracy, illicit drug dealing, prostitution and blackmail, the only question is: can he stay alive long enough to find answers?

“Perhaps the best novella of the year” –Locus
“Pretty close to perfect” –SFcrowsnest

The Collectors Edition of Unholy Land Announced!

PS Publishing are doing the signed and limited collectors edition of Unholy Land, designed as always by Pedro Marques, with slipcase illustrations by Sarah Anne Langton. The book is limited to 100 signed copies, and includes an exclusive afterword, “The Road to Unholy Land” and the bonus short story “The Time-Slip Detective”.

The whole thing is unbelievably gorgeous! PS’ limited edition of Central Station, similarly limited, sold out pre-publication and seems to have doubled in price since then, so these might be worth getting early

Unholy Land is currently (and improbably!) on the 2018 Best of the Year lists from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, NPR, Barnes and Noble and the Guardian.


Unholy Land publication day!

It is a mark of my general cluttered state of mind that I didn’t realise until last night that today is officially the Unholy Land Publication Day!

It’s also mid-term elections day in the US, which seems strangely appropriate!

Unholy Land is published in paperback and e-book by Tachyon (get it from Amazon or B&N), and in audio by Blackstone (get it as a direct download or CD box!). The cover is by Sarah Anne Langton and the audiobook is narrated by Andrew Fallaize. A signed, limited collectors edition in slipcase is forthcoming very soon too.

In the UK, the e-book and audiobook are available now (paperback forthcoming later in the month). You can also order a signed copy (with an exclusive limited edition signed art print) from Forbidden Planet, which will be available at my Thursday signing, and I believe Foyles should also have copies for the event this Saturday.

The book has already made the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 list(!) and the reviews have been pretty great so far, so give it a try!

unholy land cover

“Lavie Tidhar does it again. Magnificent.”
—Warren Ellis

Lior Tirosh is a semi-successful author of pulp fiction, an inadvertent time traveler, and an ongoing source of disappointment to his father.

Tirosh has returned to his homeland in East Africa. But Palestina—a Jewish state founded in the early 20th century—has grown dangerous. The government is building a vast border wall to keep out African refugees. Unrest in Ararat City is growing. And Tirosh’s childhood friend, trying to deliver a warning, has turned up dead in his hotel room. A state security officer has identified Tirosh as a suspect in a string of murders, and a rogue agent is stalking Tirosh through transdimensional rifts—possible futures that can only be prevented by avoiding the mistakes of the past.

From the bestselling author of Central Station comes an extraordinary new novel recalling China Miéville and Michael Chabon, entertaining and subversive in equal measures.