Mike McCormack (writer)

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Mike McCormack
Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Education English and Philosophy
Alma mater University College Galway (UCG)
Notable work(s) Notes from a Coma
Notable award(s) Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
1996

Mike McCormack (born 1965) is an Irish novelist and short story writer. Though he has published a collection of short stories, Getting It In the Head, and two novels - Crowe's Requiem and Notes from a Coma, he has been described as "a disgracefully neglected writer."[1] He has for a long time been out of fashion, and out of print, due to diminished interest from publishers.[2][3]

McCormack was born in London.[4] He grew up on a farm in Louisburgh, County Mayo, and studied English and philosophy at UCG.[5] In 1996, he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. In 1998, Getting It In the Head was voted a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A story from the collection, "The Terms", was adapted into an award-winning short film directed by Johnny O'Reilly.

In 2006, Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award. In 2010, John Waters in The Irish Times described it as "the greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended". It took McCormack seven years to write the book.[5]

He lives in Galway with his wife Maeve.[2][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Core selves go missing in high-tech celeb world". The Irish Times. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Taking risks, challenging publishers, and earning readers". The Irish Times. 10 April 2013. p. 1. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Taking risks, challenging publishers, and earning readers". The Irish Times. 10 April 2013. p. 2. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "A Real Heart Stopper". Transcript Review. 
  5. ^ a b McKeon, Belinda (13 May 2005). "Metaphysics gets a Mayo accent". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 May 2005. 
  6. ^ "Mike McCormack: Cúirt International Festival of Literature". Galway Arts Centre. 2008. 
  7. ^ "Mike McCormack & Mary Costello". Cúirt International Festival of Literature. 2013. 

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