The Mark and the Void is the new novel by UEA alumnus Paul Murray and is published by Hamish Hamilton this week. Paul (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, and published his first novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes in 2003. This was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was published in 2009 and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Costa Novel Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing, and (in the United States) the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.