After the resounding success of The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall’s fans have been waiting excitedly for his sophomore novel, and Hall has outdone himself in Maxwell’s Demon. At once brilliantly twisty and literary as well as fast-paced and accessible, this is a novel that should widen his audience.
The Raw Shark Texts sold in over 30 territories and was received with rapturous reviews comparing him to writers ranging from Samuel Beckett to Michael Crichton. We sold over 60,000 copies of The Raw Shark Texts in America, and it continues to backlist. We think that we can captivate readers equally with Maxwell’s Demon.
Maxwell’s Demon will be published by Canongate in the UK on February 4, 2021, and we are following alongside HarperCollins Canada. We will have the advantage of significant UK review and feature attention as we publish.
Steven Hall has been widely acclaimed as a major new voice since the publication of The Raw Shark Texts. He was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013, alongside Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Taiye Selasi and was the winner of the Borders Original Voices Fiction Award.
An unforgettable entry into the genre of literary novels centered around books as popularized by The Shadow of the Wind, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and The Eyre Affair, Maxwell’s Demon is smarter and sharper than almost any comparable title. The bookish subject matter is sure to appeal to booksellers and all lovers of literature, including fans of Paul Murray and Kevin Wilson. It is the product of a freewheeling mind that engages the reader with truly phenomenal rewards.
Steven Hall: Steven Hall is the author of The Raw Shark Texts, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It was an international bestseller and has been translated into over thirty languages. In 2013, Hall was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Maxwell’s Demon is his long-anticipated second novel. @stevenha11 steven-hall.org