Benjamin Black is the pseudonym
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.
Although much in the city has changed since the 1950s the historic buildings in Dublin haven't changed significantly; therefore this historic tour through Dublin may help give you a feeling of what Ireland's capital would have been like half a century ago
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