John Banville

Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea.

08/12/1945 -

John Banville biography and information

  • John Banville is an Irish author who was born and went to school in Wexford.
  • After a two-year spell living in America, Banville returned home to Ireland where he became a sub-editor at The Irish Press in 1970.
  • His first book, a collection of short stories called Long Lankin, was published in 1970.
  • Since then he has written sixteen novels, the first of which, Nightspawn, he disowns completely calling it 'crotchety, posturing, absurdly pretentious'.
  • He famously claims to hate every book he's written, an opinion which the majority of reviewers disagree with.
  • He is considered to be a successor to the great Russian writer, Vladimir Nabokov, and is constantly a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Book and writing awards

James Tait Black Memorial Prize 1976 (Doctor Copernicus), Guardian Fiction Prize 1981 (Kepler), Man Booker Prize shortlist 1981 (The Book of Evidence), Man Booker Prize 2005 (The Sea), Franz Kafka Prize 2011.

Similar authors to John Banville

Vladimir NabokovJean Rhys and Peter Ackroyd

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Books by John Banville

Mrs Osmond
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The Sea
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The Untouchable
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The Blue Guitar
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The Newton Letter
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Shroud
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The Book of Evidence
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The Book of Evidence
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Ancient Light
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Kepler
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Long Lankin
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The Infinities
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Mrs Osmond
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Doctor Copernicus
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Ghosts
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Birchwood
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Prague Pictures
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Time Pieces
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Book Club - Ancient Light by John Banville

Posted on 18th Apr, 2013

This week's Book Club book of the week is Ancient Light by John Banville