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Loyal to None but Himself

(Ne’eman LeAtzmo)

חזית ללא נימה לבנה

Saul Na’aman, Israel’s biggest radio star, is going deaf and hides it. Inevitably, he mishears something on live air, lashes out and gets himself suspended.

He befriends Dolev, an enigmatic forensics expert in the Israeli police, a ski fanatic, wine lover and a certified womanizer, but is also dangerously drawn to Dolev’s wife, Osnat, a gifted glass artist. Thus Saul is driven away from his beloved wife, Sigri, his children, himself. Out of the wine cellars of Tel Aviv and to the peaks of the Austrian Alps, a tantalizing journey between loyalty and betrayal leads to a cliffhanger ending.

Agents and non-Israeli Publishers:
Longer English synopsis is available for your considerationPlease contact me.

 

“My opinion of Jonathan Yavin’s writing can be summed up telegraphically:  Original, riveting, unpredictable, surprising. Each of his novels revealed to me a different aspect of his excellent narrative skill. I am anxious to find out where his next book takes me.”

Author Haim Be’er Yedioth Aharonot daily   

“A language juggler, such a fun book!”

Avri Gil’ad IDF radio.

“A spicy story, extremely well built.”

 Tzur Erlich Makor Rishon’s critic

“Skillful, intelligent entertainment: rythmic, sexy and funny.”

Dr. Arik Glassner Yedioth Aharonot’s critic

“Yavin writes with almost annoying edginess…”

 Jackie Levi Israel Hayom’s columnist

“I’ve enjoyed every word in this book. I don’t think this has ever happened to me with a book.”

 Author Na’ama Segal

 

Picture Books

Agents/Publishers: complete English translation available for your discretion. Please contact me.

 

הכי הייתי

...When I Grow Up

An amusingly rhymed catalog of professions!
Ages 4-8, 36pp. Over 10 reprints.
Co-written with
Nevo Ziv.
Illustrations:
Na’ama Peleg.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2002.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

החתול דלעת עטיפה לא פיגקמה

Pumpkin the Kitten

Amazing bestseller! 220K copies and counting… A boy afraid of cats meets the cutest answer!
Ages 4-8, 32pp.
PJ Library, 
Platinum book.
Illustrations: Gilad Soffer.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2004.
Translations: Arabic (2006),
English (exp. 2022).
Rights availability:
All other languages/territories.
Representation: Assia Literary Agency
אחלה אח

Oh, Brother

Left-aside sister takes parents to swap her new baby brother in the hospital!
Ages 3-7, 32pp. Over 10 reprints.
Won the Israeli Museum Illustration prize.
Illustrations: Gilad Soffer.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2005.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
RepresentationAssia Literary Agency
כשאבא היה עצוב

When Dad was Sad

Noa is sad over some silly nonsense, so Dad makes up a silly story of a sad fish!
Ages 4-8, 32pp. 4 reprints.
Illustrations: Gilad Soffer.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2008.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
RepresentationAssia Literary Agency
בשכונה שלנו

In the Neighborhood

Kids run around the hood, old school!
Ages 4-8, 32pp.
Illustrations: Noam Nadav.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2010.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

דורון הדרקון

Dorri the Dragon

Dorri dreams he’s a dragon and keeps at it all day…
Ages 4-8, 32pp.
Illustrations: Ofer Getz.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2013.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

המלך אהרלה

King Leo Retires

King Leo’s had it with running the jungle! The animals form a government…
Ages 4-9, 32pp. 
Illustrations: Ofer Getz.
Kinneret-Zmora Publishers, 2015.
Translations: Chinese (2018).
Rights availability:
All other languages/territories.
RepresentationAssia Literary Agency

גוזלים בראש

Cockatoo Hairdo

Ra’ama’s hair has a mind of its own. One morning two hatchlings are in it…
Ages 4-8, 36pp.
Illustrations: Liora Grossman.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2017.
Translations: German (2017), French (2017) both published with original.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories including German and French (rights retrieved to author).
Representation: none, directly by author.

לילה בגינה

A Night at the Playground

Amnon Ben Tamim takes his parents
on a playground adventure – at night!
Ages 4-9, 32pp. 
Illustrations: Aviel Basil.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2021.
Translations: English (exp 2022).
Rights availability:
All other languages/territories.
Representation: Assia Literary Agency

Young Adults

Agents/Publishers: English sample translation is available for your discretion. Please contact me.

איור העטיפה: אלון אנדורן

Zehavim

(The Golden Ones)
 

Ariel’s fight for survival in the toughest of boarding schools. A touching and nerve-wrecking thriller!
Ages 12-16, 428pp. 
Am-Oved Publishers, 2006.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

איור העטיפה: נוני סגול

Anti

A family tragedy makes Dror a rapper and saves him through art and love.
Ages 12-16, 247pp. 
Am-Oved Publishers, 2011.
Translations: Japanese (2019).
Rights availability:
All other languages/territories.
Representation: ITHL.

איור הספר: נוני סגול

Love vs. Friendship

(Ahava Neged Haveruth)

Yarin and Lior have been best friends forever. Now they both fall in love with the same girl!
Ages 4-9, 32pp.
Illustrations: Aviel Basil.
Am-Oved Publishers, 2017.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

Previous Novels

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באבא ג'י

Baba Gee

My debut novel. Nadav, a 28 yo lost boy photographer, goes to India. His Father, Elli, tags along. 369pp. 
Am-Oved Publishers, 2004.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

ציור העטיפה: אלדד זיו

House-Sitter

(Shemar-Ba’it)

Amos, a boring bank teller, survives a robbery, becomes a house-sitter and meets a lover and a killer. Written in ancient Hebrew. 355pp. 
Am-Oved Publishers, 2011.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: none, directly by author.

המיזנתרופ

The Misanthropist

(HaMisantrop)

Doron, a snide abusive playwright, is the star of Tel-Aviv’s theater world. His girlfriend, Irit, leads him down a slippery slope of violence. 480pp. 
Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan Publishers, 2014.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
Representation: ITHL.

Nonfiction

Agents/Publishers: English sample translation is available for your discretion. Please contact me.

בונים סיפור

Building a Story - a Writer's guide

(Bonim Sipur)

About 15 years of writing workshops resulted in a method I developed and perfected. Philosophy, psychology and practice of writing. 272pp. 
Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan Publishers, 2012.
Rights availability:
All languages/territories.
RepresentationAssia Literary Agency

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