Mayo native, author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones, published by independent Irish publisher Tramp Press.

According to today’s Irish Times, the award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council, and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

Mike McCormack is from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, and lives in Galway where he teaches creative writing at NUIG.

He is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in 23 years.

Set in the west of Ireland as the recession is about to strike, Solar Bones is a portrait of one man’s experience as his world threatens to fall apart, and the dead man’s tale unfolds distinctively in one unbroken sentence, a seamless structure which the judges said “gives it a beautifully fluid pace”.

Solar Bones has also won the Goldsmiths Prize, the Novel of the Year Award and Book of the Year awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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