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Christine Falls

A Novel

by Benjamin Black

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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
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Benjamin Black is the pseudonym of John Banville who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He was educated at a Christian Brother's school and St Peter's College in Wexford. After leaving college he worked for the Irish airline Aer Lingus in Dublin, Ireland - which gave him the opportunity to travel widely.  He lives in Dublin.

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). Dr Copernicus (historical fiction) won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was followed by a series of novels exploring the lives of eminent scientists. The Sea (2005) won the Man Booker Prize.

Bibliography (dates and titles reflect UK publications as he has usually been published in the UK first)
Long Lankin, 1970; Nightspawn, 1971; Birchwood,1973; Dr Copernicus, 1976; Kepler, 1981; The Newton Letter: An Interlude, 1982; Mefisto, 1986; The Book of Evidence, 1989; Ghosts, 1993; Athena, 1995; The Ark, 1996; The Untouchable, 1997; Eclipse, 2000; Shroud, 2002; Prague Pictures: Portrait of a City, 2003; The Sea, 2005; Christine Falls, 2006; The Silver Swan, March 2008 in both the USA & UK.

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