Solar Bones wins Irish Novel of the Year

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack has won the Novel of the Year prize at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, just one week to the day after winning the Goldsmiths Prize for experimental fiction.

Mike expressed his surprise and delight to ‘share a forum with Paul O’Connell’ and managed to make time for a couple of celebratory drinks with everyone before leaving at the crack of dawn to get back in time to teach a 9am class in NUI Galway.

We’re delighted for Mike, and for all the many other winners on the night. The shortlists were really strong as usual and show the incredible calibre of Irish writing. Check out more here. If you vote for Solar Bones to win overall Irish Book of the Year, you could win €100 of National Book Tokens.Voting closes at midnight on 9th December 2016, and The Irish Book of the Year 2016 will be announced on 13th December.

You can catch RTE’s highlights of the Book Awards on RTE 1 at 11.15pm on Saturday 19 November, and it should be on the RTE Player for a little while after that.

You can buy Solar Bones here.