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John Banville was born in Wexford, in Ireland, in 1945 and currently lives in Dublin. A little over the age of twenty he entered the world of journalism and was the literary critic for the Irish Times between 1988 and 1999. He published his first novel, Long Lankin, in 1970, followed by another eleven novels acclaimed by critics.
He has received many awards, among them The American-Irish Foundation Literary Award (1976); The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Copernicus (1976); The Guardian Prize for Fiction for Kepler (1981), the Guinness Peat Aviation Award for The Book of Evidence (1989). In January 2003 he won the prestigious international Nonino award for all his work. His most recent book, entitled The Sea, won the 2005 Man Booker Prize.
 
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