by Robert Lock Read profile


Published 12th July 2018

The starlings dance in mesmerising patterns. In and out they fold. Up and down. Below them a Victorian pier has stood the test of time, carrying each generation over a cold and relentless sea.

As the birds dance they watch the lives of those who pass beneath. Two scandalous comedians born a century apart; a seemingly ageless deckchair attendant; the fortune-teller who believes no one can see the future. And in this seaside town one man knows the only way to stop history repeating itself is to solve a mystery as old as the pier.

Murmuration is a magically woven tale of human connectivity, frailty, and the hold the past can have over the present. My promise of “just one more page” was constantly broken’ Laura Parish, Novel Kicks

‘This is simply a splendid book. Full of convincing and realistic characters, their various voices convey not only their personalities but also a sense of time… Those who enjoy historical novels for their understanding of people of the past will find much to savour in this book’ Julie Barham, Northern Reader

‘I have fallen in love with this book and its hypnotic and mesmerizing stories… I just didn't want it to end and already know that I will come back to it time and time again. This is a tremendous work of art, as Robert Lock creates the most vivid images with his beautiful descriptions in every single sentence. At times it is simple and direct and at others more exquisite and flamboyant. It is absolute perfection!’ Sue Hampson, Books From Dusk Till Dawn

Murmuration is a deeply compelling insight into the human condition. A stark and honest debut’ Mari Ellis Dunning