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Thursday 21 June 2018

€100,000 win for writer McCormack

Mike McCormack lifts the Dublin Literary Prize for his novel ‘Solar Bones’. Picture: Fennells
Mike McCormack lifts the Dublin Literary Prize for his novel ‘Solar Bones’. Picture: Fennells
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Hours after author Mike McCormack finished writing his novel 'Solar Bones', his son Saul was born.

"I have no memory of writing it - the book was completely overshadowed by the birth and I have absolutely no problem with that," he said, adding: "That's the way things should be."

With Saul now four-and-a-half years old, the author is celebrating afresh - his novel scooped the prestigious Dublin Literary Prize and €100,000, beating off global competition.

'Solar Bones' was written in the form of a single sentence and the judging panel of the Dublin Literary Prize described 'Solar Bones' as "formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited".

It is his fifth book and McCormack, who grew up outside Louisburgh, Co Mayo, credits women with spotting its potential.

"My wife [artist Maeve Curtis] was the first to read it and she said 'you've got something here,'" he said.

His agent Marianne Gunn O'Connor and publishers Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen of Tramp Press immediately saw its worth.

Irish Independent

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