Skip to main content

John Banville

Biography

John Banville

John Banville has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Dublin.

John Banville

Books by John Banville

by John Banville - Fiction, Romance, Thriller

Oliver Otway Orme is a painter of some renown and a petty thief who has never before been caught and steals only for pleasure. Both art and the art of thievery have been part of his “endless effort at possession,” but now he’s pushing fifty and things have not been going so well. Having recognized the “man-killing crevasse” that exists between what he sees and any representation he might make of it, he has stopped painting. And his last act of thievery has been discovered. The fact that the purloined possession was the wife of the man who was, perhaps, his best friend has compelled him to run away and to sequester himself in the house where he was born. Trying to uncover in himself the answer to how and why things have turned out as they have, Olly reveals the very essence of a man who has always been waiting to be rescued from himself.

by John Banville

Is there any difference between memory and invention? This question haunts Alexander Cleave, whose stunted acting career is suddenly revived by a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is. Cleave explores memories of his first love affair with his best friend's mother, as well as those of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that he can only fail to understand.