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  • Ancient Lightby John Banville

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.38

    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... more...

  • Athenaby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 7.24

    ?Sleek, beautiful, breathtakingly cunning prose? Sunday Times Morrow ? a clerkish, middle-aged type encumbered with a chain-smoking dying aunt and a considerable talent for wallowing ? is at a loose end when, on two separate occasions, he is beckoned up the stairs of an empty Dublin house. The first is an offer of dubious work, and Morrow soon... more...

  • Athenaby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a mesmerizing novel that is both a literary thriller and a love story as sumptuously perverse as Lolita. "A strange and dreamlike book . . . Banville has a breathtaking style."--Boston Globe. more...

  • Birchwoodby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 12.95

    An early classic from the Man Booker-prize winning author of The Sea . I am therefore I think . So starts John Banville?s 1973 novel Birchwood , a novel that centers around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and despair. Delving deep into family secrets?a... more...

  • Birchwoodby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.45

    Once the big house on an Irish estate, Birchwood has turned into a baroque madhouse for its ruined inhabitants. One disaster succeeds another, until young Gabriel Godkin runs away to join a travelling circus and look for his long-lost twin sister. Soon he discovers that famine and unrest stalk the countryside, and Ireland is ruined too. ? Birchwood... more...

  • The Book of Evidenceby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    John Banville?s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer. Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral,... more...

  • Doctor Copernicusby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.45

    ?Banville is superb . . . there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read: Doctor Copernicus is among the very best of them? The Economist The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view... more...

  • Doctor Copernicusby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.95

    Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1976 this historical novel is based on the life of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, whose ideas and writings shattered the medieval view of the universe. "Kepler", also by John Banville, won "The Guardian" Fiction Prize in 1981. more...

  • Eclipseby John Banville

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00

    In this deeply moving and original book, John Banville alloys mystery, fable, and ghost story with poignant psychological acuity to forge the riveting story of a man wary of the future, plagued by the past, and so uncertain in the present that he cannot discern the spectral from the real. When renowned actor Alexander Cleave was a boy living in a... more...

  • Eclipseby John Banville

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.45

    Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home. He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human. Memories, anxiety for the future and more particularly for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract... more...