Author Stories Podcast Episode 856 | Andrew Hunter Murray Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Andrew Hunter Murray, author of The Last Day.


“Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written — the best future-shock thriller for years.” —LEE CHILD

A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future—with clear parallels to today’s headlines—in which the future of humanity lies in the hands of one woman, a scientist who has stumbled upon a secret that the government will go to any lengths to keep hidden.

A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.

It is 2059, and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet’s rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain—lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight—where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world.

Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive, demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts—and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation’s fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race.

“A tantalizing, suspenseful odyssey of frustration, deceit, treachery, torture, hope, despair and ingenious sleuthing… Murray has so thoroughly thought through the ramifications of his conceit and conjured up such a dramatic plot and stellar cast of characters that he might have set a new standard for such tales.” —WASHINGTON POST

Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer from the UK. His first novel is The Last Day, a thriller in which the world has spun to a halt, bringing civilisation to the brink of collapse. Apart from his novels, he works for the British TV show QI, co-hosts the hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, and writes for Private Eye, the UK’s leading satirical magazine. The podcast No Such Thing As A Fish has led to three books – the bestselling Book Of The Year, The Book Of The Year 2018, and the (forthcoming) Book Of The Year 2019.

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