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Swallowing the Sun
by David Park

RRP €11.35

Swallowing the Sun
by Author Name David Park

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List Price:11.35
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 16mm, 256pp
Publication date: 02 Feb 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN-13: 9780747599272


Having survived a brutal childhood in the heart of Belfast, Martin has built a life that he never imagined, and always fears he does not deserve. He has a devoted wife, a son and a daughter whose academic success is launching her out of her proud father's orbit. Returning home one night to find police cars waiting, he thinks his sins have finally caught up with him, but instead the news is wholly unexpected; a senseless and devastating tragedy. And in the face of the trauma, which tears his fragile family apart, Martin finds that the violence of his past has not gone but is merely dormant; its call must be answered.


'The real distinction of Swallowing The Sun lies in the brooding gaze turned on the Warings in their hour of crisis ... perfectly judged and horribly convincing' Independent on Sunday 'Park is an excellent writer: psychologically astute, lyrically unflinching. His characters' smothering guilts or tiny physical sensations are beautifully conveyed' Daily Telegraph 'There is a Coetzeean accuracy to the writing. Some of the family sequences are wrenchingly affecting ... Flawed, brilliant, knotty, uncompromising, this is not an easy novel, but it is an important and beautiful one' Joseph O'Connor, Guardian 'This novel is constructed with great intensity and delicacy ... Within its stringent compass, Swallowing the Sun is a powerful, economical account of an unbearable turn of events' Patricia Craig, Independent