The Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present:
Solar Bones – Mike McCormack in conversation with Martin Doyle and the Irish Times Book Club
The work of an author in the full maturity of his talent, Solar Bones climaxes in a passage of savage, Gnostic religiosity: the writing catches fire ... the only adequate response to our being is astonishment. — Rob Doyle
About the book
Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again. Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day.
About the author
Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His previous work includes Getting it in the Head (1995), Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs (2012). In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.
- This event will be recorded in front of a live audience for the Irish Times Book Club podcast so please arrive promptly.
- Whether you've read the book or not, come along on the 20th and join in the conversation. The book will also be available for purchase at the event.