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Single-sentence novel ‘Solar Bones’ wins 2016 Goldsmiths Prize

In the UK, Irish author Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones (Tramp Press) has won the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize for recognising fiction ‘at its most novel’, reports the Bookseller. Solar Bones is a single novel-length sentence about a middle-aged Irish engineer who returns as a ghost for one day on All Soul’s Day. Judging panel chair Blake Morrison said of the book: ‘Set over a few hours in a single day, and told in the first-person voice of a middle-aged engineer, Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones transcends these seeming limits magnificently.’ ‘Politics, family, art, marriage, health, civic duty and the environment are just a few of the themes it touches on, in a prose that’s lyrical yet firmly rooted,’ said Morrison. ‘Its subject may be an ordinary working life but it is itself an extraordinary work.’ The £10,000 (A$16,240) prize was founded in 2013 by Goldsmiths, University of London, and is held in partnership with the New Statesman.


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