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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9781780894362
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

The Tao of Bill Murray

Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

An offbeat exploration of the brilliantly bizarre anecdotes that surround the legendary actor Bill Murray.

Tales and rumours surrounding the cult figure's famous line 'No-one will ever believe you' have become a viral phenomenon and this book captures the moment with wit and a sprinkling of Murray-wisdom...

People love Bill Murray movies, but even more, they love crazy stories about Bill Murray out in the world.
Bill reads poetry to construction workers. Bill joins in strangers' kickball games. Bill steals a golf cart in Stockholm. Bill follows the Roots – a hip hop band – around. Bill pays a kid $5 to ride his bicycle into a swimming pool.

The most popular Bill Murray story of all time (which he will neither confirm nor deny): on a crowded street, he puts his hands over a stranger's eyes from behind and says "Guess who?" When he lifts his hands to reveal his identity as Bill Murray, he tells the gobsmacked stranger, "No one will ever believe you."

For The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing, best-selling author Gavin Edwards tracked down the best authentic Bill Murray stories. People savour these anecdotes; they consume them with a bottomless hunger; they routinely turn them into viral hits.

The book not only has the greatest hits of Bill's eye-opening interactions with the world, it puts them in the context of a larger philosophy (revealed to the author in an exclusive interview): Bill Murray is secretly teaching us all how to live our lives.

  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9781780894362
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Gavin Edwards

Gavin Edwards is the New York Times-bestselling author of eight books, most recently the memoir VJ (written with the original MTV VJs) and the biography Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind. His collection of misheard song lyrics, 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, along with its sequels and spinoffs, has sold half a million copies. He is a former resident of New York City and London, a current resident of Los Angeles, and the father of two children. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and has also written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Wired

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Praise for The Tao of Bill Murray

Advance praise for The Tao of Bill Murray As much as I love Gavin Edwards’s wonderful The Tao of Bill Murray, I can’t help but feel sad that Bill Murray has never covered my eyes on a street corner.

Moby, author of Porcelain: A Memoir

Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer.—Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day

Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day

When confronted by life’s challenges and opportunities, we should all be asking ourselves, ‘What would Bill Murray do?’ This book actually has the answers.

Jay Duplass, writer, director, actor, fan of Bill Murray

An important piece of cultural documentation

Irish Times

Edwards does an admirable job of profiling Murray's unique approach to life, friendship, and work, via interviews with the actor himself as well as friends, collaborators, and those acquaintances. The book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray's unconventional and fun-loving life: he's commandeered a street cleaner, crashed an off-campus house party and started doing the dishes, and driven a cab while the cabby practiced playing saxophone in the back seat... Murray's fans are sure to savor this book and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the actor and his work.

Publishers Weekly

[A] funny, affectionate portrait . . . Edwards skillfully weaves together many well-known and entirely new anecdotes from throughout Murray’s career that capture him at the height of his power. Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness. . . . A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend.

Kirkus Reviews

Bill Murray the actor takes a backseat to Murray the trickster figure in this collection of notable, implausible, even inexplicable offscreen appearances. . . . A hilarious read . . . Sure to please Murray fans.

Library Journal

If you are among the multitudes who have a Bill Murray story (viz: ‘I was in the airport bar, and who sat down next to me but Bill Murray?’), The Tao of Bill Murray will speak to you.


Invite yourself to the party, put on some music, drop some coin and buy the book.

LA Weekly

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