Thomas Bourke was born in Ireland and lives in Italy. A graduate of University College Dublin, he is author of a book on relations between Europe and Japan. His first novel, The Consolation of Maps, published by Quercus in 2018 was shortlisted for the inaugural RSL Christopher Bland Prize.
‘Austere and elusive… lithe, controlled narrative… Bourke has created a novel that, like the complex objects – at once historical yet aesthetic – from which it takes its name, repays effort and attention’ NEIL HEGARTY, Irish Times
‘A delicately compelling debut… Bourke captures how the contours of love and loss can run deep, to devastating effect’ Wiltshire Living
‘Dizzying… the ending is shattering in this world of grace and beauty’ Geolounge