He read Sanskrit at University College, Oxford. In 1984 he founded the fiction magazine Panurge, which he edited with fellow author David Almond until 1996. Panurge Publishing published Julia Darling"s debut collection of short stories, Bloodlines in 1995.
His 2004 novel, Murphy"s Favourite Channels, was a "Novel of the Week" in The Daily Telegraph.
He has also published several other critically acclaimed novels including, Kin, Reiver Blues, Radio Activity, The Legend of Liz and Joe and A Gentleman"s Relish. Murray has been a regular fiction tutor at The Arvon Foundation since 1989 and every summer since 1995 he has led a creative writing workshop at Madingley Hall, Cambridge.
He currently lives in Brampton, near Carlisle.