Goldsmiths Prize: Single sentence novel wins £10,000 award

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Mike McCormack

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McCormack is the third Irish author to win the prize

A novel written in a single unbroken sentence has received the Goldsmiths Prize 2016.

Photo voltaic Bones by Mike McCormack was named the winner of the £10,000 award, which recognises fiction “that breaks the mould”.

Revealed by Tramp Press, the novel follows the recollections of an engineer named Marcus Conway briefly returned from the useless.

McCormack is the third Irish author to win for the reason that prize started in 2013.

Chairman of judges Professor Blake Morrison stated: “Set over a number of hours in a single day, and advised within the first-person voice of a middle-aged engineer, Mike McCormack’s Photo voltaic Bones transcends these seeming limits magnificently.

“Politics, household, artwork, marriage, well being, civic obligation and the atmosphere are only a few of the themes it touches on, in a prose that is lyrical but firmly rooted.

“Its topic could also be an atypical working life however it’s itself a rare work.”

McCormack, 51, referred to as on extra publishers to take dangers with experimental authors.

“Readers are good. They’re up for it,” he stated.

“That was what the folks at Tramp Press taught me. There are readers on the market they usually have been proved proper.”

The six shortlisted works have been:

  • Transit by Rachel Cusk, printed by Jonathan Cape
  • The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, printed by Faber and Faber
  • Photo voltaic Bones by Mike McCormack, printed by Tramp Press
  • Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Solar by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, printed by Cassava Republic
  • Sizzling Milk by Deborah Levy, printed by Hamish Hamilton
  • Martin John by Anakana Schofield, printed by And Different Tales

The prize was based in 2013 by Goldsmiths, College of London, and is held in partnership with the New Statesman.

Final 12 months’s winner was Beatlebone by Kevin Barry.

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