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Ancient Light (Paperback)
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Ancient Light (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 28/03/2013
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John Banville's "Ancient Light" is a story of obsessive young love and the power of grief. 'Billy Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with his mother.' In a small town in 1950s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman - in the back of her car on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons. Unsure why she has chosen him, he becomes obsessed and tormented by this first love. Half a century later, actor Alexander Cleave - grieving for the recent loss of his daughter - recalls these trysts, trying to make sense of the boy he was and of the needs and frailties of the human heart. Praise for "Ancient Light": "Startlingly brilliant. Terrific - full of sadness and yearning". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "Dazzling ...captures a long-lost adolescent world of passion and desire". ("Independent"). "Illuminating, funny, devastating. A meditation of breathtaking beauty and profundity on love and loss and death". ("Financial Times"). John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fourteen previous novels including "The Sea", which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He was recently awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Dublin.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241955406

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10th May 2013
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“Ancient Light”

Personally this is not the sort of book I would normally read, and consequently I felt uncomfortable with some of the scenes, reading it felt somewhat laborious at times. However despite this I found myself yearning... More

2nd May 2013
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I must start by saying that I very much wanted to like this book. The story is set in what would sound like a typical read of mine, Ireland in the 1950s. I could tell however from a few pages in that the read would be... More

30th April 2013
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