mischa hiller

Author of Sabra Zoo, Shake Off, Disengaged and Scar Tissue. Mischa was a semifinalist in the 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and winner of the 2009 European Independent Film Festival script competition for his adaptation of Sabra Zoo. Sabra Zoo was winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s 2011 First Book prize (Europe & South Asia region).

He has had several short stories published, which can be found on Medium

“Powerful and thought-provoking, this is a book that stays with the reader. Mr Hiller’s ‘Shake Off’ is hard to shake off.”
The Economist

“I loved Mischa Hiller’s ‘Shake Off.’ I picked it up entirely by accident. I’d never heard of Hiller before, and the book absolutely blew me away.”
Malcolm Gladwell – The New Yorker

“With this taut follow-up to his much-praised Sabra Zoo, Hiller recalls the cool detachment and compelling eye for the ordinary detail that characterized the early novels of Graham Greene.”
Independent on Sunday

“Set at the end of the Cold War, Hiller’s beautifully written second novel chronicles the education of a spy.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Stunning, defiant debut.”

“Melancholy and dreamlike, Hiller’s neat upending of conventions movingly captures the realpolitik of a conflict perpetuated by the shared interests of enemies.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Beautifully told, ambitious and important, this is a debut with something important to say.”
Ronan Bennett

“Hiller’s evocation of the war through a teenager’s eyes give the book both depth and gravitas.”
Literary Review

“Hiller delineates characters, even his minor ones, with skill, and the dialogue is expertly pitched.”
Saudi Gazette

“Mischa Hiller has written a moving and haunting novel, a narrative for our tormented times.”
Fergal Keane

“Shake Off is an expertly constructed, serpentine and suspenseful novel that alternates between driven hide-and-seek sequences and numb meditations.”
Fiction Uncovered

“Shake Off is a cracking spy thriller with a hard, repressed sensitivity that recalls Len Deighton at his best.”
Nicholas Blincoe - The Telegraph Books of the Year

“Excellent… a fast moving, literate thriller.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“Hauntingly written, with a wonderful touch for human feelings.”
Daily Mail

“Hypnotic… A spy thriller of the highest class.”
Charles Cumming

“In the best le Carré tradition…Hiller not only brings to his works a craftman’s skill but also a compassion for his characters that proves infectious.”

“Hiller’s characters are satisfyingly complex and their jittery energy is vividly realised.”

“His ‘show, don’t tell’ refusal to adduce causes directly, but to display their consequences instead comes across as canny and discreet.”

“In a few pages, he creates a truly horrifying vision of hell. It is a bold shift into the heart of darkness.”
The Independent

“It is the sensitive portrayal of these endearingly honest, savvy characters that embeds the reader’s emotional concern from the opening pages.”
Selma Dabbagh

“A contemplative espionage novel that uses the imminent demise of the Soviet Union as a backdrop…An unusual hero… Consistently intriguing.”
Seattle Times