John Banville is an Irish novelist and screenwriter.
Banville’s breakthrough novel The Book of Evidence (1989) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award. His eighteenth novel, The Sea, won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. He was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize in 2011. He also writes crime fiction under the pseudonym Benjamin Black
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