Author(s): Will EAVES
‘A marvellous and compelling book, on a subject of huge importance and scandal’
– Bernard O’Donoghue
‘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
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 new novel is a rare achievement.
The opening section of Murmur was shortlisted for the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award. A recording of Blake Ritson reading this piece is available to listen to or download from the BBC radio iPlayer site here.
Also by Will Eaves and available from CB editions:
The Absent Therapist (shortlisted for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize)
‘A miniature but infinite novel, and unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s just achingly good.’
– Luke Kennard
‘The whole book is like someone deeply charismatic and charming daring you not to find them insane. It’s wonderful.’
– Nicholas Lezard, Guardian (full review here)
The Inevitable Gift Shop (shortlisted for the 2016 Ted Hughes Award)
‘It’s like a conversation with an extraordinarily wise friend: surprising, tender, funny and profound.
– Michelle de Kretser
‘Penetratingly clever and often quite moving and extremely charming, border-crossing uncategorisable writing ... there’s something holistic about it, in the way it enacts the absolute continuity between inner and outer life, what we feel what we think what we do.’
– Patrick McGuinness
Will Eaves is the author of four novels and two collections of poems. He was Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011, and now teaches at Warwick University