Written Word

Twenty-two-year-old Oscar is a lost cause. He roams central London, looking for love and distraction. But this isn’t quite 'Bright Lights, Big City': Oscar is gay but feels disconnected from London’s gay scene. He is naive and rootless, an emotionally stunted young man who lives in upscale Kensington with his foster mother, novelist Charlotte Fontaine.

But all of this changes when he meets Tim, Charlotte’s thirty-something literary agent with whom Oscar becomes hopelessly infatuated. While he struggles to understand Tim’s politics and his rejection of religion, Oscar’s developing friendship with Tim affects a profound change in the young man, making him want to understand the world and his place in it.


'Disbanded Kingdom' is my first novel.


'Loizou’s supple prose excels at vivid London scene-scapes and sharp social commentary… A richly observed portrait of Britain’s young and feckless.' – Kirkus Reviews


'An excellent London novel.' - Literary Flits


'A sensitive and well-written study of the pain of not belonging.' - Breakaway Reviewers



Published by  Cloud Lodge Books.

ISBN: 9780995465794


Buy it at Waterstones / Foyles / Blackwell's / WHSmith.

Audiobook available on Audible.

[Forthcoming story]

- MAINSTREAM. Anthology edited by Justin David and Nathan Evans (Inkandescent). Pre-order here.

Take Hold

- Untitled: Voices, Vol. 2. Download for free here

His Hand

- Tales From The Shadow Booth, vol. 4. Purchase here

'Til God

- Litro #135: Somewhere Between the Borders. Read here.

Devil in Me

- Liars' League NYC, Hope & Pray. Download / read here.

- Shortlisted for HISSAC

The Selkie Wife

- Longlisted for the Fish Prize (as The Seal Wife)

Blue Glass Star

- Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train's Family Matters competition.

- Published in The Stockholm Review of Literature. Read here.


- clavmag, Feb 2020 Issue / Bone. Read here.

The Crooked Side Street

I've started a travel blog, which begins with my Japanese honeymoon journeys (first published on Litro Online). Read at The Crooked Side Street.

2020: Longlisted for Penguin's WriteNow programme.

2014: shortlisted for the IdeasTap Inspires – Writers’ Centre Norwich competition.

2008: won feedback from The Literary Consultancy as part of the Arts Council's Free Read Scheme.

© Polis Loizou 2020