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Backlist: Lavie Tidhar

We often receive feedback on how, through the prize, a reader has not only been introduced to a fantastic writer for the very first time, but they have also discovered that the writer has an exciting backlist of work.

Today, we take a look at the backlist of this year’s winner, Lavie Tidhar.

Lavie has an extensive backlist of work, which includes his novels The Violent Century, Osama and An Occupation of Angels. Scroll down for a selection of his backlist:



Guardian Best SF/F 2013 Selection

Daily Mail’s Fantasy Novel of the Year Selection

IO9’s Best of 2013 Selection

Locus Recommended Reading List 2013

Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

They’d never meant to be heroes.

For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.

But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question:

What makes a hero?


“A brilliantly etched phantasmagoric reconfiguring of that most sizzling of eras—the twilight 20th.” – James Ellroy

“If Nietzche had written an X-Men storyline whilst high on mescaline, it might have read something like VIOLENT CENTURY.” – Adam Roberts

“An alternative history tour-de-force. Epic, intense and authentic. Lavie Tidhar reboots the 20th century with spies and superheroes battling for mastery – and the results are electric.” – Tom Harper


“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

“He provides an insight into what it takes to be human, and what can happen when we lay that humanity aside. It’s a powerful novel, which will no doubt reward rereading.” – Sci Fi Bulletin

“dark, creative and wonderfully written – and comes highly recommended.” – The Founding Fields book blog


UK Hardcover

UK paperback

UK e-book



Winner of the World Fantasy Award 2012

Shortlisted for the BSFA Award and the Campbell Award

In a world without global terrorism Joe, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious woman to find a man: the obscure author of pulp fiction novels featuring one Osama bin Laden: Vigilante…

Joe’s quest to find the man takes him across the world, from the backwaters of Asia to the European Capitals of Paris and London, and as the mystery deepens around him there is one question he is trying hard not to ask: who is he, really, and how much of the books is fiction? Chased by unknown assailants, Joe’s identity slowly fragments as he discovers the shadowy world of the refugees, ghostly entities haunting the world in which he lives. Where do they come from? And what do they want? Joe knows how the story should end, but even he is not ready for the truths he’ll find in New York and, finally, on top a quiet hill above Kabul – nor for the choice he will at last have to make…

In Osama, Lavie Tidhar brilliantly delves into the post-9/11 global subconscious, mixing together elements of film noir, non-fiction, alternative history and international thriller to create an unsettling – yet utterly compelling – portrayal of our times.


“A novel about the power of fantasy, about the proximity of dreams and reality, about ghost people and ghost realities. Lavie Tidhar has written a fine, striking, memorable piece of fiction here, one that deserves to be widely read.” – Adam Roberts

“A provocative and fast moving tale that raises good questions not only about the heritage of Al Qaeda, but about the slippage between reality and sensational fiction that sometimes seems to define our own confused and contorted experience of the last couple of decades.” – Locus

“Moving seamlessly between intense realism and equally intense surrealism, Osama is a powerful and disturbing political fantasy by a talent who deserves the attention of all serious readers.” – Strange Horizons


Mass market paperback. Amazon UK

Hardcover edition. Buy direct from PS Publishing.

Signed hardcover edition, limited to 100 copies. Buy direct from PS Publishing.

Non-DRM epub and mobi. Buy direct from PS Publishing.

Kindle edition from Amazon UK.


Audible 2012. Narrated by Jeff Harding. 8 hours 27 minutes.

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blackgodskissBLACK GODS KISS

2015 British Fantasy Award Nominee – Best Collection

“One of the most flamboyantly entertaining collections of the year… what [the stories] are is almost the pure essence of pulp – violent, action-packed, paced like a runaway freight train, politically incorrect and socially unredeemable.” – Locus Magazine

His name was Gorel of Goliris and he was a gunslinger and an addict, touched by the Black Kiss. Gorel wanted nothing more than to return to his home, the greatest empire the World had ever known, from which he was banished by sorcery as a child. But wherever he went, trouble doggedly followed, and death preceded his steps . . .

In Black Gods Kiss Lavie Tidhar returns to the vivid world of his 2012 British Fantasy Award winning novella, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God. It collects 5 long adventures set before and after the events of Pot-Bellied God, and includes a brand-new novella, “Kur-a-Len”. 

In these pages you will find thrilling tales of guns and sorcery, filled with ghosts, mercenaries, necromancers and gods – not to mention sex, and death!


A companion volume to 2012’s British Fantasy Award winner Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God.

Contains the following five stories:

  • Black Gods Kiss
  • Buried Eyes
  • Kur-a-len (novella)
  • The Dead Leaves
  • White Queen


“Muscular fantasy…  varied, adult, occasionally surreal and always interesting. Black Gods Kiss is a collection for readers seeking a different flavour to their fantasy.” – British Fantasy Society

“Classic heroic fantasy… My overwhelming feeling upon reading it is gratitude that such an exceptional writer chooses to write the kind of books I want to read.” – Theaker’s Quarterly


Hardcover edition


“Buried Eyes” in available in audio at Podcastle


A selection of Lavie’s Novellas: 


In 1945, the Archangels materialised over the battlefields of Europe, ushering in a new Cold War. Fifty years later, they are being killed off… one by one.

But who – or what – can kill an angel?

Killarney is a shadow executive for the Bureau, British Intelligence’s most secret organisation: so secret it doesn’t even officially exist. She is the best – and she always works alone. Sent on a desperate mission to locate a missing cryptographer who may prove the key to the murders, Killarney finds herself running for her life, from London to Paris to Moscow, leading to a confrontation with a very human evil in the frozen wastelands of Novosibirsk.

Plagued by dreams of a different world, and haunted by a swastika adorned with angel wings, it ould take all of Killarney’s resources to survive, when heaven itself may be threatened, and God herself may be walking the earth…


“A novella of blistering, ballistic energy and ferocious cleverness. A nonstop fantasy spy adventure of the kind that John le Carré might write, if he ingested a few strange, strong drugs first. Fans of Tim Powers should love this. Fans of high-class supernatural action drama should love this. Fans of ballsy, gun-toting heroines should love this. In fact, everyone should love this.” – James Lovegrove

“Fast moving, powerfully phantasmagoric fantasy; a gorgeous mutant cross between James Bond, Constantine and Rilke. Sharp, witty, violent and liable to haunt your dreams. Don’t say you weren’t warned…” – Adam Roberts

“The Cold War has suddenly become cool”  – Jay Caselberg

“Lavie Tidhar’s novella is like a coiled sprinter launching himself at the B of BANG. The pace is relentless, the tension continually ramped. A blackly humorous amalgam of subtle SF invention and flat out thrills with a hard-boiled wiseass hero. Great fun.” – Conrad Williams

“Sharp, brutal, cool – yet also stunningly imaginative and perfectly realised. This is the most compelling thing I’ve read in a long time: the only bad thing was that it had to end.” – Michael Marshall Smith





cloud_cover_final.inddCLOUD PERMUTATIONS

The world of Heven was populated, centuries ago, by Melanesian settlers from distant Earth. It is a peaceful, quiet world – yet it harbours ancient secrets.

Kai just wants to fly. But flying is the one thing forbidden on Heven – a world dominated by the mysterious, ever present clouds in the skies. What do they hide? For Kai, finding the answer might mean his death – but how far will you go to realise your dreams?

Set against the breathtaking vista of a world filled with mystery and magic, Cloud Permutations is a planetary romance with a unique South Pacific flavour, filled with mythic monsters, ancient alien artefacts, floating islands and a quest to find a legendary tower… whatever the cost.


A novella inspired by life in the South Pacific and a love of Cordwainer Smith, written in Vanuatu. Published July 2010 by PS Publishing, in limited edition hardcover format, with cover artwork by Pedro Marques.


On Cloud Permutations at SF Signal – an essay on the origins of the novella, and life in Vanuatu.


“an entertaining picaresque adventure . . . full of mystic elements drawn from island mythology.” – Gardner Dozois in Locus.

“An impressive science fiction tale  . . . It is Tidhar’s refreshing telling that makes it special.” – Rich Horton in Locus

“Wonderful and touching” – Rising Shadow Review.

“reminded me of Le Guin’s exquisite Hainish Cycle … I am utterly charmed” – Innsmouth Free Press.

“Wonderful novella … his writing is as powerful and lovingly handled as any old master” – Tangent Online.

“I felt like a child who didn’t ever want the book to close or the story to end.” – The Future Fire.

“Fascinating” – Strange Horizons.


Hardcover edition – direct from publisher

Signed jacketed hardcover (limited to 100 copies) – direct from publisher


For more of Lavie’s past work, visit his website here.


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