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Catherine Banner

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​Catherine Banner was born in Cambridge, UK, in 1989 and began writing at the age of fourteen. She studied English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before moving to County Durham where she worked as a secondary school teacher. She has published a trilogy of young adult novels, The Last Descendants.

Her debut adult novel, The House at the Edge of Night, tells the story of the 2008 financial crisis and 95 years of European history through one family and their bar on a tiny Mediterranean island.

Her work is translated into 24 languages. She lives in Turin, Italy, with her husband.

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Catherine Banner Yes, I do love history. But I must admit that I came to historical fiction writing by a very indirect route. When I began to write The House at the Ed…moreYes, I do love history. But I must admit that I came to historical fiction writing by a very indirect route. When I began to write The House at the Edge of Night, I was convinced it would be a modern book. I wanted to write about the 2008 financial crisis, and about young characters, so I didn't see any reason to write about the past. But gradually I came to understand that it wouldn't make sense to tell that story without also going back into the past to understand the events that came before - what the historian Eric Hobsbawm calls 'The road that led us here'. In this, I was particularly influenced by magical realist writers, who collapse time and tell the stories of generations with a wonderfully light touch. To try and piece together the road that led us to the financial crisis, I decided to immerse myself in documents and sources, visit libraries and archives, and see what I could discover. And when I did that, a strange thing happened. As I researched 20th century history, whole new vistas opened up, and I discovered many untold stories belonging to the past which I felt also deserved to be told. The book, in the end, crosses a long sweep of time - both the personal history of one family and the bigger history of the world beyond their island - and I think it also became a stronger, more interesting story because of that. For me now, particularly as a European writer, I feel that I can't escape writing about the past because in it I find powerful reflections of our current predicaments, experiences, hopes and fears, and the seeds of what makes us who we are.(less)
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Good afternoon from Torino!

It's been such a long time since I posted regularly on this blog, and I know quite a few readers are still following here for updates. Many of you have also been emailing me during this strange pandemic year, and it's such a joy and inspiration to read your words, so I just wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you for your huge support of me and my work, and to post a qu Read more of this blog post »
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“The stories that the poor loved best, it seemed, were sad ones.”
Catherine Banner, The House at the Edge of Night

“Sometimes grief needed a focus, an object”
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“Не бе осъзнавал, че отглеждането на деца ще бъде такова - един бавен процес на изгубването им.”
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