Swallowing the Sun

Swallowing the Sun

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In the museum Martin stands watch over the past. He has travelled a long way from his brutal childhood in the Loyalist heartlands of Belfast and built a life he never imagined he would have - a devoted wife, Alison, two children, Rachel and Tom, a respectable job. But the happiness he has found feels brittle. Rachel's academic success is launching her out of her proud father's orbit. Tom, eclipsed by his sister, has withdrawn into a fantasy world. Martin's gratitude to Alison is a gulf between them. He feels unworthy of his wife, his life, his luck. Returning home one night to find police cars waiting, Martin feels his sins must have finally caught up with him. But their news is wholly unexpected, a senseless tragedy. And in the face of this devastating trauma, which tears his fragile family apart, Martin finds the violence of the past is not gone but merely dormant; its call must be answered at last. David Park's new novel is a gripping and unforgettable portrait of a man for whom, like the city in which he lives, peace can only be uneasy and imperfect. Deeply moving, humane and full of sombre beauty, it proves him a unique Irish voice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 30mm | 458.14g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747570361
  • 9780747570363

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About David Park

David Park has written five books, most recently the hugely acclaimed The Big Snow. He was the winner of the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature and a twice winner of the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland with his wife and two children.
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'A writer of startling grace and humanity.' Daily Telegraph 'Brings his celebration of language, and humanity to every page.' Daily Mail 'Sheer magically descriptive writing.' Irish Independent 'I loved this book. Technically brilliant and emotionally powerful, "Swallowing the Sun" thrills even as it breaks your heart.' Glenn Patterson
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64 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 17% (11)
4 42% (27)
3 30% (19)
2 8% (5)
1 3% (2)
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