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21 October 2023

9:00 AM

21 October 2023

9:00 AM

This Plague of Souls Mike McCormack

Canongate, pp.182, 16.99

Mike McCormack is much garlanded. He won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature with his first collection of stories; the Goldsmith’s Prize followed in 2016, along with the Irish Book of the Year Award and the International Dublin Literary Award, for his novel Solar Bones. A book-length, single- sentence analysis of a man’s life, that story sprang off the page with the force of a blow.

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