‘The world is coming out of trance . . .’
‘The narrator of Murmur is a mathematician and computer pioneer in pre-1960s Britain. Sentenced to hormone therapy for the “crime” of being gay, Alec Pryor is very obviously standing in for the computer genius and codebreaker Alan Turing. The book is a disorientating and hallucinatory exploration of a mind warped by the oestrogen medication stilboestrol, the treatment forced on Turing. An extraordinary exploration of dreams, consciousness, science and the future.’
– Rowan Hooper, New Scientist Books of the Year
Murmur and Lucia, by Alex Pheby (Galley Beggar Press), jointly win Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019
Murmur is shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019 and James Tait Black Prize 2019.
US Publication of Murmur: April 9, Bellevue Literary Press: https://blpress.org/books/murmur/
The Neuromantics podcast, with Prof Sophie Scott, receives a RSL Literature Matters Award: Episode 2 now available.
RESCHEDULED: Discussion and Q&A with Jen Hodgson and Will Eaves at Brixton Tate Library on May 15. 7pm. Free.
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