Cormac James

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: Cormac James was born in Cork, Ireland. A graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA, he has published short fiction in Columbia, Phoenix Irish Short Stories, and The Dublin Review. His first novel, TRACK AND FIELD, was published in 2000. He lives in Montpellier, France, with his wife and son.

'THE SURFACING is an extraordinary novel, combining a powerful narrative with a considered and poetic use of language in a way that is not often seen these days. Reading the book, I recalled the dramatic natural landscape of Jack London and the wild untamed seas of William Golding. Cormac James's writing is ambitious enough to be compared with either.' -- John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

‘Cormac James’s writing is very assured, with a harsh poetic edge. His evocations of barren landscape, sea weather, pack ice and frozen skies are powerful and compelling.’ -- Rose Tremain

'The great topic of Cormac James's THE SURFACING is the reach of human possibility. The prose is calm, vivid, hypnotic and acutely piercing. James is attuned to the psychological moment: this is a book about fatherhood and all its attendant terrors. It's a remarkable achievement…. James recognises the surfacing of love in the face of solitude. A stylish novel, full of music and quiet control. This is a writer that I'd like to see hurry – I’m looking forward already to the next book.' -- Colum McCann

THE SURFACING Literary Fiction, 384 pages Sandstone Press, September 2014 Morgan is second-in-command on a ship searching for Franklin’s lost expedition in the 1850s – when he realises there is a pregnant stowaway on board, he is the father and the Impetus becomes trapped in the ice. 

THE SURFACING

Literary Fiction, 384 pages
Sandstone Press, September 2014

Morgan is second-in-command on a ship searching for Franklin’s lost expedition in the 1850s – when he realises there is a pregnant stowaway on board, he is the father and the Impetus becomes trapped in the ice.