Solar bones, Mike McCormack

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"I read Solar Bones after my friend Tom O'Dea said it was his favourite book of all time. It really got into my bones; I couldn't stop thinking about it for a long time after. It's a novel about infrastructures ... I think... the social and ecological, the built and the technical infrastructures that keep things together; the invisible care and maintenance that these infrastructures require; and the ways in which they fail or break down. There's an amazing account of a broken wind turbine, dissembled, its 'luminous bones' pulled through the street of a rural mayo town." - Nominated by Rachel O'Dwyer

Once a year, on All Souls Day, it is said that the dead may return; Solar Bones tells the story of one such visit. Set in the west of Ireland as the recession is about to strike, this novel is a portrait of one man's experience when his world threatens to fall apart. Wry and poignant, Solar Bones is an intimate portrayal of one family, capturing how careless decisions ripple out into waves, and how our morals are challenged in small ways every day.

223pp | 156 x 233 mm
Publisher: Tramp Press

Tramp Press was launched by Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff in 2014 to find, nurture and publish exceptional literary talent. In 2019 they were joined by Laura Waddell in the role of UK Publishing Director. Tramp is based in Ireland and Scotland, and publishes internationally.

Tramp Press authors have won Irish Book Awards (including two overall ‘Book of the Year’ awards in the last three years), the International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly the IMPAC), the Goldsmiths Prize, the Rooney Prize, a Lannan Fellowship, the Davy Byrnes Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Kate O’Brien Award. They have been nominated and shortlisted for many more, including the Booker Prize, the Costa, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Guardian First Book Award.

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