Here's another book to be added to my groaning shelves. It’s a full sixteen years since Bernard MacLaverty’s last novel was published – The Anatomy School, a warm coming of age story set in sixties Belfast.
But I for one don’t really mind waiting sixteen years for MacLaverty as I know that not a word is ever wasted. He’s as clinical, precise and tight in his writing as any there’s ever been.
Not that he’s been poring over every word for the full sixteen years though: the Guardian has him as being busy with other writing projects:
“an un-turn-downable invitation from Scottish Opera to write a libretto; two years as a “classical music DJ” on Radio Scotland; a five-year stint on a movie script based on Robin Jenkins’s “wonderful” 1950s novel, The Cone Gatherers, which finally came to nought when the producer behind the project died; a collection of short stories; and Bye-Child, a Bafta-nominated short film of a poem by his close friend Seamus Heaney, which he directed in 2003.”
A busy writing life!
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