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Tade Thompson

BornTade Thompson
London, United Kingdom
OccupationWriter, psychiatrist
GenreScience fiction, Horror
Notable work
Notable awards

Tade Thompson FRSL is a British-born Nigerian psychiatrist and writer of Yoruba descent.[1] He is best known for his 2016 science fiction novel Rosewater, which won a Nommo Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Thompson was born in London, England, to Yoruba parents. His family left the United Kingdom for Nigeria in 1976, when Thompson was seven. He grew up in Nigeria, where he studied medicine and social anthropology. He went on to specialise in psychiatry. He returned to the UK in 1998, where he has remained except for a year spent working in Samoa. He now lives on the south coast of England.[4][5][3]

As well as being an author, Thompson also works full-time at St James' Hospital, Portsmouth, where he specializes in mental illnesses in people with physical problems. In July 2020, he told The Guardian that he could not imagine leaving medicine, saying: “The hospital work is a calling. I help people.”[6]

His novels and short stories have been critically well received, with critics commenting on their originality and breadth of vision.[7] Thompson is a Nommo Award and a Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award winner. He was a John W. Campbell Award finalist and has been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award, the BSFA Award, and the Nommo Award.[3][4][5][8][9][10][11] His novel Rosewater, the first book in the Wormwood trilogy set in Nigeria, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2019.[12] And his 2022 novella, Jackdaw, was described in the Financial Times as: "a metafictional dive into the life of Francis Bacon."[13]

in 2017, The Murders of Molly Southbourne was optioned for screen adaptation.[4][14]

Thompson is also an illustrator and artist.[2][15][16]

In 2023, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[17]



The Wormwood Trilogy[edit]

  • —— (2016). Rosewater (1st ed.). Apex.[18]
  • —— (2019). The Rosewater Insurrection (paperback ed.). Orbit. pp. 1–374. ISBN 978-0316449083.
  • —— (2019). The Rosewater Redemption (paperback ed.). Orbit. pp. 1–416. ISBN 978-0316449090.


Novellas and short fiction[edit]

The Molly Southbourne Trilogy[edit]


  • "The McMahon Institute for Unquiet Minds" (2005)
  • "Slip Road" (2009)
  • "Shadow" (2010)
  • "Notes from Gethsemane" (2012)
  • "Bicycle Girl" (2013)
  • "One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sunlight" (2013)
  • "Slip Road" (revised) (2014)
  • "Budo or, The Flying Orchid" (2014)
  • "The Monkey House" (2015)
  • "Child, Funeral, Thief, Death" (2015)
  • "The Last Pantheon" (2015) (with Nick Wood)
  • "Decommissioned" (2016)
  • "Household Gods" (2016)
  • "The Apologists" (2016)
  • "Gnaw" (2016)
  • "Bootblack" (2017)
  • "Yard Dog" (2018)
  • "Jackdaw" (2022)


  • "Komolafe" (2013)


  • The Last Word on the Last Pantheon (2016) (with Nick Wood)
  • Please Stop Talking about the 'Rise' of African Science Fiction (2018)

Other work[edit]


  1. ^ Alberge, Dalya (26 July 2020). "Tade Thompson: full-time doctor who finds energy for full-on writing career". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 May 2024.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Adam (4 October 2018). "Rosewater by Tade Thompson review – a stellar SF debut". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b c "Tade Thompson". Strange Horizons. 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "C&W Agency". cwagency.co.uk.
  5. ^ a b "Tade Thompson | Authors | Macmillan". US Macmillan.
  6. ^ Alberge, Dalya (26 July 2020). "Tade Thompson: full-time doctor who finds energy for full-on writing career". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 May 2024.
  7. ^ Johnstone, Doug (31 October 2021). "Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn". Big Issue. Retrieved 26 May 2024.
  8. ^ "Summary Bibliography: Tade Thompson". www.isfdb.org.
  9. ^ Rosewater. 21 November 2017. ISBN 9780316449038.
  10. ^ "sfadb : Tade Thompson Awards". www.sfadb.com.
  11. ^ "BSFA London Meetings: Interview with Tade Thompson". 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ Cain, Sian (17 July 2019). "Tade Thompson's 'gritty' alien invasion tale wins Arthur C Clarke award". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "Jackdaw — a metafictional dive into the life of Francis Bacon". www.ft.com. Retrieved 26 May 2024.
  14. ^ "Interview: Tade Thompson - Lightspeed Magazine". Lightspeed Magazine. 24 October 2017.
  15. ^ Brown, Eric (15 January 2016). "The best science fiction novels – review roundup". The Guardian.
  16. ^ Flood, Alison (8 March 2016). "Margaret Atwood wins Kitschies Red Tentacle award for The Heart Goes Last". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Creamer, Ella (12 July 2023). "Royal Society of Literature aims to broaden representation as it announces 62 new fellows". The Guardian.
  18. ^ Tade Thompson (5 September 2018). "Author Interview: Tade Thompson on Rosewater". The Illustrated Page.

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