Silent Sunday



Luke Williams launches his debut novel, The Echo Chamber, in Edinburgh


 Luke Williams launches his debut novel, The Echo Chamber, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Thursday 26 May 2011 at 6.30pm

Word Power Books        
43-45 West Nicolson Street

Admission Free! Donations welcome!

All Welcome!

“original, brilliant, inconceivable. It gives a reader new ears” Ali Smith

Enter the world of Evie Steppman, born into the dying days of the British Empire in Nigeria. It’s loud and cacophonous. Why? Because Evie can hear things no one else can. Although she’s too young to understand all the sounds she takes in, she hoards them in a vast internal sonic archive. Today, alone in an attic in Scotland, Evie’s powers of hearing are starting to fade, and she must write her story before it disintegrates into a meaningless din. But the attic itself is not as quiet as she hoped. The scratching of mice, the hum of traffic, the tic-toc of a pocket watch and countless other sounds merge with the noises of Evie’s past: her time in the womb, her childhood in Nigeria, her travels across America with her lover …

Luke Williams  was born in 1977. He grew up in Fife, Scotland, and now divides his time between Edinburgh and London. The Echo Chamber  is his first novel.

The Echo Chamber


Forgive the boasting: my Luke’s book has a publishing date . It’s in the Penguin and Puffin online catalogue. It’s so exciting! It’s been a long time gestating!

The cover for the US edition is completely different. Interesting.

The Echo Chamber

Luke Williams

‘Original, brilliant, inconceivable. It gives a reader new ears’ Ali Smith

Five years ago we were sent the long opening section of a novel-in-progress by debut author Luke Williams, and were so struck by its originality and confidence that we signed it up on the spot. Half a decade later, the novel is finished and we are thrilled to be launching it in the spring. It’s like no other novel you will have read, as Ali Smith hints in her praise for it. Narrated by a woman called Evie with uncannily keen hearing (she could even hear in the womb) it is the story of a childhood in colonial Nigeria, of travels with a lover across America and of Evie’s present-day efforts to record her life and adventures before her powers of listening fade completely …

Luke Williams was born in 1977. He grew up in Fife, Scotland, and now divides his time between Edinburgh and London. The Echo Chamber is his first novel.