John Banville

John Banville
John Banville is the distinguished author of 16 novels including, most recently, Ancient Light, and of The Sea, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize.  Born in Wexford, Ireland, and currently living in Dublin, he is a metafictionist who has been compared to Beckett and Nabokov, Banville first gained international prominence through a series of four books, Dr. CopernicusKeplerThe Newton Letter, and Mefisto, all linked by a common interest in math or astronomy.  Other works include a trilogy, The Book of EvidenceGhosts, and Athena; and The Untouchable, loosely based on the life of Royal art curator and spy Anthony Blunt, regarded by some as Banville’s finest novel.   He is the author of a series of popular mystery novels penned under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, which are currently being filmed by BBC Drama, and of television and film projects including an adaptation of his novel The Sea.  In addition to the Booker Prize, Banville has been awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Franz Kafka Prize.  He has been described as “without question, one of the greatest living masters of English-language prose.”