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John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of seventeen novels, including The Book of EvidenceThe Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and the Quirke Series of crime novels under the pen name Benjamin Black. Other major prizes he has won include the Franz Kafka Prize, the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and the Prince of Asturias Award. He lives in Dublin.