Ruby J Murray

Writer, journalist, peripatetic

The Biographer's Lover, Black Inc, 2017

I'm excited to be following publisher Aviva Tuffield to Black Inc. for my next novel, The Biographer's Lover.

For press about their acquisition of the novel, please contact Black Inc.


The Smallest Mollusk Museum, Micromuseums, 2016

"This is what museums look like in a culturally decentralized future. We are building a fleet of science museums that can go to the places that need them most, like hospital waiting rooms or the DMV."

Check out the Smallest Mollusk Museum at micromuseums.org


Running Dogs, Scribe, 2012

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“Vibrant and startling, Running Dogs evokes all the colour, earthiness and glorious confusion of life in Jakarta, a city of passion and constant change.” – Tash Aw

‘Lyrical descriptions clash with harsh imagery to evoke a world of extreme privilege set among that of poverty, fear and political upheaval, where privilege and wealth are not enough protection from familial secrets and shame. Running Dogs is a powerful and nuanced debut novel.’  Four Stars -- Australian Bookseller & Publisher

‘Poetically sensuous and vividly evocative… This is a wonderfully nuanced first novel, conjuring up the visceral intensity of a crowded Asian country, where things are done differently, and European cultural sensibilities are of tenuous relevance. Highly recommended.’ -- Canberra Times

"Murray is more than just one to watch - she's one to read, right now." -- The Age Newspaper

Jakarta, 1997, and the city is on the verge of a revolution. Even the Jordan children — Petra, Isaak, and Paul — can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world.

Years later, Australian development worker Diana moves to Reformasi Jakarta and becomes irrevocably entwined in the powerful Jordans’ adult lives. When the Jordans’ past comes back to haunt them, Diana struggles to understand a family where rumour and religion define the contours of the real, and nothing is quite as it seems.

Set in a global city where poverty, corruption and extreme wealth sit side by side, this is a novel about power and responsibility, about the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive, and the damage they can do.

 

I was selected as one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2013 Best Young Australian Novelists for Running Dogs, which was also shortlisted for the 2013 Glenda Adams Prize in the New South Wales Premier’s Awards. Running Dogs is out in Australia and South East Asia through Scribe. For reviews, see JKJ, The Canberra Times, The Melbourne Review, The Age, Readings, The Australian Book Review, lip magazine.

For interviews about Running Dogs, see ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily, Time Out Magazine, The Wheeler Centre, RRR Radio, 3CR Radio, Express Media, Readings Monthly, 4ZZZ Radio.

Running Dogs is represented by Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown Literary Agents.

 

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