A Little Village on the Edge of the World

Adam Mars-Jones

  • Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
    Canongate, 272 pp, £8.99, May 2017, ISBN 978 1 78689 127 3

Mike McCormack, the winner of last year’s Goldsmiths Prize with Solar Bones, could seem to be redressing a balance by making his book a single undivided utterance. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, the novel by Eimear McBride that won the inaugural prize in 2013, was prodigal in its use of full stops: there were often three or four in a line of print. By banishing the mark altogether McCormack brings its frequency in the two books – taken together – close to a statistical norm.

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