Benjamin Black





Benjamin Black

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in Wexford, Ireland
December 08, 1945

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Pen name for John Banville

Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties; his mother was a housewife. He is the youngest of three siblings; his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own. His sister Vonnie Banville-Evans has written both a children's novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.

Educated at a Christian Brothers' school and at St Peter's College in Wexford. Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university. Banville has described this as "A great mistake. I should have gone. I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love. But
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March 2014, Benjamin Black
"His Favorite Noir Books: Get your crime fix in these recs from the writer who revives The Big Sleep's detective, Philip Marlowe, in The Black-Eyed Blonde." ...More

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“All the same, she wondered if they did know what she thought and felt, if they knew without knowing, in that way the Irish were so adept at doing.”
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tags: irish

“Love was love, and always demanded more than a lover was capable of giving.”
Benjamin Black, Holy Orders
tags: love

“But sometimes when you are getting nowhere, you have to give the wasps' nest a wallop”
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