Solar Bones

Mike McCormack

The Angelus bell ringing out over its villages and townlands over the fields and hills and bogs in between, six chimes of three across a minute and a half, a summons struck on the lip of the void
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This masterpiece of a novel, narrated in a single sentence, is an international literary sensation, winner of the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize and BGE Irish Book of the Year


Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Considering with his engineer’s mind how things are constructed - bridges, banking systems, marriages - and how they may come apart.

Mike McCormack captures with tenderness and feeling, in continuous, flowing prose, a whole life, suspended in a single hour.

“Exceptional indeed: an extraordinary novel”

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“A masterpiece”
Blake Morrison

irish Times

“Hauntingly sad, but also frequently very funny - Proust reconfigured by Flann O’Brien.”
literary Review

“Difficult to put down. This is prose that reads as if it is being thought … reduced me to tears”
new Statesman

Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His previous work includes Getting it in the Head (1996), Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for BGE Irish Novel of the Year, and Forensic Songs (2012). In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for Getting it in the Head and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. In 2016, Solar Bones won the Goldsmiths Prize and the BGE Irish Book of the Year award.

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