The Booker Prize was
established by the Booker
McConnell company in 1969, and
is considered to be one of
most important literary awards
in the UK, if not the most
important. In recent years it
has been sponsored by the Man
Group, an investment company,
and thus is officially known as
The Man Booker Prize, but is
more often referred to simply as
Pierre Bonnard: Max has a tendency to muse over the paintings of Pierre Bonnard and in particular Bonnard's paintings of his wife, Marthe, in the bath. abcgallery.com has a good collection of Bonnard's pictures if you're interested in taking a look, and if you do, spare a thought for poor old Marthe and think how lucky you are not to be married to an artist who paints pictures of you in the bathtub - unless of course you are!
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945, and lives in Dublin. Between 1988 and 1999 he was the literary editor of the Irish Times. His first book, Long Lankin, a collection of short stories, was published in 1970. It was followed by two novels, Nightspawn (1971) and Birchwood (1973); and then by Dr Copernicus, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was followed by a series of novels exploring the lives of eminent scientists.
Bibliography (dates and titles reflect UK publications)
Long Lankin, 1970
Dr Copernicus, 1976
The Newton Letter: An Interlude, 1982
The Book of Evidence, 1989
The Ark, 1996
The Untouchable, 1997
Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City, 2003
The Sea, 2005.
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