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An Irish writer won the Goldsmiths Prize literary award for his novel written in a single unbroken sentence. Mike McCormack won the $12,530 award granted by Goldsmiths, University of London for his novel Solar Bones.

“Set over a few hours in a single day, and told in the first-person voice of a middle-aged engineer, Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones transcends these seeming limits magnificently,” Chair of Judges Professor Blake Morrison said.

McCormack became the third Irish writer to claim the Goldsmiths Prize since its inception in 2013 and said the win served as “payback” for the publishers and agent who supported him throughout his career.

“It’s about time the prize-giving community honoured experimental works and time that mainstream publishers started honouring their readership by saying: ‘Here are experimental books,’” McCormack said.