Winner of the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize Winner of the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize Shortlisted for the 2018 Goldsmiths Prize Shortlisted for the 2019 James Tait Black Prize Longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize
Taking its cue from the arrest and legally enforced chemical castration of the mathematician Alan Turing, Murmur is the account of a man who responds to intolerable physical and mental stress with love, honour and a rigorous, unsentimental curiosity about the ways in which we perceive ourselves and the world.
Formally audacious, daring in its intellectual inquiry and unwaveringly humane, Will Eaves's Murmur is a rare achievement.
"A really extraordinary book, unlike any other" (MAX PORTER)
"The premise is startlingly ambitious: what if we could think our way into Alan Turing's dreams? . . . Scrupulous, humane, sad and strange, [Murmur] is as bracingly intelligent as it is brave" (Guardian)
"Ambitious . . . Boldly different . . . Murmur opens your mind to a different kind of novel, one that forges a dialogue between art and science, one that celebrates the wonder of human consciousness" (The Times)
"A novel forged from an immensely beautiful writing intelligence. Murmur is a fully achieved literary experiment, digging deep into all the dimensions of human consciousness, including state sanctioned savagery" (DEBORAH LEVY)
"Remarkable . . . Murmur's transgressive power lies at the level both of language and of structure . . . Will 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" (Sam Byers Times Literary Supplement)
"Hugely impressive . . . [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 . . . A future classic" (ELIF SHAFAK, Wellcome Book Prize chair of judges)
"An extraordinary exploration of dreams, consciousness, science and the future" (New Scientist, Books of the Year)
"Murmur is a fully achieved literary experiment, digging deep into all the dimensions of human consciousness" (Goldsmiths Prize judges)
"Endlessly rewarding, it is a shining example of the moral and imaginative possibilities of fiction" (Justine Jordan Guardian, Books of the Year)
"Astonishing" (GUY GUNARATNE, author of IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY)