Solar Bones by Mike McCormack


Solar Bones

We’re delighted to announce that the launch date for Mike McCormack’s new novel Solar Bones will be May 5th in Dublin, with a Galway launch on May 13th. We’ll be publishing a beautiful paperback edition, and 100 limited-edition signed and numbered hardbacks. Preorder a copy here, they’ll be sent out in the first week of May.

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. Here’s a teaser from Solar Bones:

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

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.

ISBN: 9780992817091

Price: €15/£12

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Press enquiries (UK): Nicolette Praça at
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Distributor (IRE)
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Distributor (UK)
Macmillan Distribution
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RG21 6XS
T + 44 (0) 1256 302692

Tramp Press gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Arts Council.