Mike McCormack (writer)

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Mike McCormack
Mike McCormack Bokmässan 2017.jpg
Mike McCormack at Gothenbourg Book Fair, september 2017
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Education English and Philosophy
Alma mater University College Galway (UCG)
Notable works Notes from a Coma
Notable awards

Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

Goldsmiths Prize

Mike McCormack (born 1965) is an Irish novelist and short story writer. He has published two collections of short stories, Getting It In the Head and Forensic Songs and three novels - Crowe's Requiem, Notes from a Coma and Solar Bones. He has been described as "a disgracefully neglected writer.".[1][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] In May 2016, Dublin publisher Tramp Press published his novel Solar Bones; this went on to win the Goldsmiths Prize. The book was unusual in that it was written as a single sentence.[6] Also in 2016 the book was named "Novel of the Year" by the Irish Book Awards.

He lives in Galway with his wife Maeve.[2][7][8]



  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. ^ "Goldsmiths Prize: Single sentence novel wins £10,000 award". BBC News. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mike McCormack: Cúirt International Festival of Literature". Galway Arts Centre. 2008. 
  8. ^ "Mike McCormack & Mary Costello". Cúirt International Festival of Literature. 2013. 

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