Swallowing the Sun

Swallowing the Sun

3.64 (54 ratings by Goodreads)
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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 24mm | 158.76g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747599270
  • 9780747599272
  • 625,562

About David Park

David Park has published seven books, most recently the critically acclaimed The Truth Commissioner. 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.show more

Review quote

'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, Independentshow more

Rating details

54 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 17% (9)
4 44% (24)
3 30% (16)
2 6% (3)
1 4% (2)
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