Patrick McCabe celebrates the ‘heartland’ country of the soul; dark and yet, simultaneously, is magnesium-bright.
If one could conceive of a cottage fire being raked late at night as a scratchy phonograph playing Joyce and Count John Mc Cormack begins its revolutions somewhere afar in the regions of hyperspace, as the door is knocked and a lady selling scones with human eyes arrives in the rain, then perhaps they might find themselves coming close
This is the old weird, indomitable Celtic heart-Ulysses meets The Dandy and Oor Wullie.
Or, if you like, The Carter Family on the moon...
Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, Co Monaghan in 1955. Shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and winner of The Irish Times Fiction Award for The Butcher Boy, his novels include The Dead School, Breakfast on Pluto, Hello Mr Bones, Winterwood and Heartland. He has also written for radio, stage and screen, is married with two adult children and is a member of Aosdana.