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Ancient Light

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94692-8 (0-307-94692-4)

Is there a difference between memory and invention? That is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave as he reflects on his first, and perhaps only, love—an underage affair with his best friend’s mother. When his stunted acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role playing a man who may... Read more >
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Athena

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73685-1 (0-679-73685-9)

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Book of Evidence and Ghosts comes a mesmerizing novel that is both a literary thriller and a love story as sumptuously perverse as Lolita. "A strange and dreamlike book . . . Banville has a breathtaking style."—Boston Globe. Read more >
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Birchwood

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27912-5 (0-307-27912-X)

An early classic from the Man Booker-prize winning author of The Sea.

I am therefore I think. So starts John Banville’s 1973 novel Birchwood, a novel that centers around Gabriel Godkin and his return to his dilapidated family estate. After years away, Gabriel returns to a house filled with memories and... Read more >
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The Book of Evidence

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72523-4 (0-375-72523-7)

John Banville’s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer.

Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife... Read more >
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Doctor Copernicus

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73799-5 (0-679-73799-5)

Sixteenth century Europe is teeming with change and controversy: wars are being waged by princes and bishops and the repercussions of Luther are being felt through a convulsing Germany. In a remote corner of Poland a modest canon is practicing medicine and studying the heavens, preparing a theory that will shatter... Read more >
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Eclipse
A Novel
Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72529-6 (0-375-72529-6)

With this latest novel, John Banville–who has forged a brilliant international reputation with such works as The Book of Evidence and The Untouchable–applies piercing reality to a ghost story to create a profoundly moving tale of a man confronting a life gone awry.

The renowned actor Alexander Cleave has had a breakdown... Read more >
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Ghosts

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 1994
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75512-8 (0-679-75512-8)

In this brilliantly haunting new novel, John Banville forges an unforgettable amalgam of enchantment and menace that suggests both The Tempest and his own acclaimed The Book of Evidence. "A surreal and exquisitely lyrical new novel by one of the great stylists writing in English today."—Boston Globe. Read more >
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The Infinities

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47439-1 (0-307-47439-9)

On a languid midsummer’s day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his nineteen-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the... Read more >
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Kepler
A novel
Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74370-5 (0-679-74370-7)

In a brilliant illumination of the Renaissance mind, acclaimed Irish novelist John Banville re-creates the life of Johannes Kepler and his incredible drive to chart the orbits of the planets and the geometry of the universe. Wars, witchcraft, and disease rage throughout Europe. For this court mathematician, vexed by domestic strife... Read more >
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Long Lankin

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80706-9 (0-345-80706-5)

A collection of short stories from the early years of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville’s career, Long Lankin explores the passionate emotions—fear, jealousy, desire—that course beneath the surface of everyday life. From a couple at risk of being torn apart by the allure of wealth to an old man’s descent... Read more >
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The Sea

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9702-9 (1-4000-9702-9)

****WINNER OF THE 2005 MAN BOOKER PRIZE****

Max is a middle-aged Englishman, a writer and self-described dilettante who has been supported by his wife's money. Now, after his wife's recent death, Max has gone back to the seaside town where he lived as a child—a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness... Read more >
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Shroud

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72530-2 (0-375-72530-X)

One part Nietzsche, one part Humbert Humbert, and a soupcon of Milton’s Lucifer, Axel Vander, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator of John Banville’s masterful new novel, is very old, recently widowed, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary dandy and bully. A product of the Old World, he is... Read more >
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The Untouchable

Written by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76747-3 (0-679-76747-9)

Winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction

One of the most dazzling and adventurous writers now working in English takes on the enigma of the Cambridge spies in a novel of exquisite menace, biting social comedy, and vertiginous moral complexity. The narrator is the elderly Victor Maskell, formerly of British intelligence... Read more >
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Chestnut Street

Written by Maeve Binchy


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35185-0 (0-385-35185-2)

Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now.

Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured... Read more >

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A Week in Winter

Written by Maeve Binchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47550-3 (0-307-47550-6)

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea... Read more >

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A Week in Winter

Written by Maeve Binchy


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27357-4 (0-307-27357-1)

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea... Read more >

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The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9656-5 (1-4000-9656-1)

Widely known for her much-admired novels, including The Heat of the Day, The House in Paris, and The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen established herself in the front rank of the century's writers equally through her short fiction.

This collection brings together seventy-nine magnificent stories written over the course of four... Read more >

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The Death of the Heart

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72017-5 (0-385-72017-3)

The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations.

In this piercing... Read more >

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Eva Trout

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72131-8 (0-385-72131-5)

Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen’s last novel, epitomizes her bold exploration of the territory between the comedy of manners and cutting social commentary.

Orphaned at a young age, Eva has found a home of sorts in Worcestershire with her former schoolteacher, Iseult Arbles, and Iseult's husband, Eric. From a safe distance in London... Read more >

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The Heat of the Day

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72128-8 (0-385-72128-5)

In The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly recreates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War II.

Many people have fled the city, and those who stayed behind find themselves thrown together in an odd intimacy born of crisis. Stella Rodney is one of... Read more >

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The House in Paris

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72125-7 (0-385-72125-0)

When eleven-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself... Read more >

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The Last September

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 14, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72014-4 (0-385-72014-9)

The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen’s portrait of a young woman’s coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and... Read more >

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The Little Girls

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3479-6 (1-4000-3479-5)

In 1914, three eleven-year-old girls buried a box in a thicket on the coast of England, shortly before World War I sent their lives on divergent paths. Nearly fifty years later, a series of mysteriously-worded classified ads brings the women reluctantly together again. Dinah has grown from a chubby, bossy girl... Read more >

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A World of Love

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3105-4 (1-4000-3105-2)

In a writing career that spanned the 1920s to the 1960s, Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Bowen created a rich and nuanced body of work in which she enlarged the comedy of manners with her own stunning brand of emotional and psychological depth.

In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are... Read more >

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Ghosts and Lightning

Written by Trevor Byrne


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47395-0 (0-307-47395-3)

Set in contemporary Dublin and the surrounding countryside, Ghosts and Lightning is a picaresque account of Denny Cullen's life after he is called back home to attend his mother's funeral. Denny—a sweet-natured but disillusioned young man who feels powerless in the face of death, dope and the dole queue—is the steadiest... Read more >
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