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Swallowing the Sun

(2004)
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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 Tom, eclipsed by his sister, has withdrawn into a fantasy world.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.


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Praise for this book

"Wrenchingly affecting ... Flawed, brilliant, knotty, uncompromising, this is not an easy novel, but it is an important and beautiful one." - Joseph O'Connor


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Hardback Editions

March 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Swallowing the Sun
Author(s): David Park
ISBN: 0-7475-7036-1 / 978-0-7475-7036-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Swallowing the Sun
Author(s): David Park
ISBN: 0-7475-9927-0 / 978-0-7475-9927-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Swallowing the Sun
Author(s): David Park
ISBN: 0-7475-7417-0 / 978-0-7475-7417-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Swallowing the Sun
Author(s): David Park
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA