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John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of eleven previous novels, including Doctor Copernicus, Kepler, Ghosts, Athena, and Eclipse. The Book of Evidence was short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize and won the 1989 Guinness Peat Aviation Award. He also has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He writes for The Irish Times and lives in Dublin.