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ISBN: 9781942658641


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“Beautiful and hallucinatory. . . . From extreme isolation and suffering springs a vision of universal connectedness.”

Wall Street Journal

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“Gripping. . . . A wildly inventive and moving exploration of the human mind.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“Exquisite. . . . This novel will submerge readers in contemplation and dazzling prose as it captures the essence of mind and matter.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“Complex and erudite. . . . [Murmur] bears reading twice.”

Library Journal

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“A deftly crafted read from beginning to end. . . . Extraordinary and unreservedly recommended.”

Midwest Book Review

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“Scrupulous, humane . . . [Murmur] is as bracingly intelligent as it is brave. . . . [Eaves] knows that Turing’s theories of consciousness have implications for fiction, and that fiction can operate at the frontiers of what we know about the workings of our minds.”


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“[Murmur will] grip your mind in the very first pages, break your heart halfway through, and in the end, strangely, unexpectedly, restore your faith in human beings and their endless capacity for resilience.”

Wellcome Book Prize chair of judges Elif Shafak in the Guardian

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“Eaves’ playful, fiercely intelligent interpretation of aspects of the life of a character who closely resembles the brilliant, multifaceted Alan Turing is a dreamlike wonder of memory and consciousness. Its ways are mysterious, its effect deepens with every reading.”

Republic of Consciousness Prize judge Catherine Taylor in the Guardian

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Murmur is a fully achieved literary experiment, digging deep into all the dimensions of human consciousness.”

Goldsmiths Prize judge’s citation

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Murmur is a restrained and elegant exploration of cause and effect, and the meaning of life and love.”

BBC judges’ citation

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“An extraordinary exploration of dreams, consciousness, science and the future.”

New Scientist

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“Captures beautifully the pith and precision of Turing’s own prose. . . . One of Eaves’s great accomplishments is to make the aesthetic questions raised by [Murmur] as significant as the ethical ones.”

Financial Times

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“Exceptionally poised and elegant. . . . Murmur is a poignant meditation on the irrepressible complexity of human nature and sexuality, and a powerful indictment of the cowardice and groupthink that sustain state-sanctioned barbarism. It also poses timely questions about the digital world Turing’s pioneering work helped bring about.”

Irish Times

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“Eaves has achieved one of the pinnacles of novelistic endeavour: he has given deep thought to human experience, and in doing so brought to life the ‘self-conscious wonder’ of thought itself.”

Times Literary Supplement

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Murmur is boldly different from anything else written about Turing.”


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“There is science, there is art and there is Jungian symbolism. . . . For all its challenges, Murmur is also beautiful [in its] willingness to embrace opacity, its portrayal of the labyrinthine paths along which thought proceeds, and its exhilarating ambition to test Alec’s belief that ‘[a] mind can’t prove or step outside itself’ by inviting us to step out from ours, and into his.”

New Statesman

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“It takes a certain literary brilliance to convey the conscious and unconscious mind of one of history’s greatest intellects. Will Eaves eloquently probes the boundaries between dreams, perception, and reality, prompting the reader to examine the recesses of their own labyrinthine psyche. A seamless dialogue between art and science, and fact and fiction.”

Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H., neuroscientist and host of Science Goes to the Movies and Startalk All-Stars

Murmur is a profound meditation on what machine consciousness might mean, the implications of AI, where it will all lead. It’s one of the big stories of our time, though no one else has treated it with such depth and originality.”

Peter Blegvad, author of The Book of Leviathan

“Tender and funny, Murmur takes the tragic story of Turing’s life and punishment and ingeniously transforms it into something glittering, subversive, and even triumphant. Eaves has built a magnificently challenging memorial to one of the great twentieth-century martyrs.”

Patrick Gale, author of Rough Music and A Place Called Winter

“Will Eaves’s Murmur is masterful—compassionate, principled, and moving. It is deeply wise, with the aching loneliness of both human indignity and dignity, despair and courage.”

Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces and All We Saw

Murmur by Will Eaves is a really extraordinary book, unlike any other. He’s in a class of his own.”

Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

In Murmur, a hallucinatory masterwork, Will Eaves invites us into the brilliant mind of Alec Pryor, a character inspired by Alan Turing. Turing, father of artificial intelligence and pioneer of radical new techniques to break the Nazi Enigma cipher during World War II, was later persecuted by the British state for “gross indecency with another male” and forced to undergo chemical castration. Set during the devastating period before Turing’s suicide, Murmur evokes an extraordinary life, the beauty and sorrows of love, and the nature of consciousness.

Wellcome Book Prize Winner

Republic of Consciousness Prize Winner

Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist

James Tait Black Prize Shortlist 

BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist (for the novel’s opening chapter)

Rathbones Folio Prize Longlist

Big Other Readers’ Choice Award Honorable Mention

Wall Street Journal “Distinctive Novel of the Year” selection

Advocate “Best of the Year” selection

New Scientist “Best Book of the Year” selection

Guardian “Best Book of the Year” selection

Kirkus Reviews “Best Book of the Year” selection

Times Literary Supplement “Book of the Year” selection

Australian Book Review “Book of the Year” selection

Excerpt from Murmur

Check out the opening section of Will Eaves’s award–winning novel Murmur at the Literary Hub and read more from him about the novel in the Guardian and Stay Thirsty Magazine.

Listen to Will Eaves discuss Murmur and tune in to actor Blake Ritson’s dramatic reading from the novel at the BBC.

Read an interview with Will Eaves about Murmur.