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8 Nov 2012

The material collected here is a treasure trove, a fine retrospective and a comprehensive guide to the work of Ireland’s greatest living novelist, John Banville.

Selections are drawn from all of his novels, up to and including 2012’s Ancient Light; each piece standing alone, short-story-like, but also resonating with those around it and representing the novel from which it comes. There are radio plays, some published in print for the first time here. There is a judicious selection of his essays and reviews. Perhaps most beguiling of all are the pieces of memoir, the early work (including Banville’s first-ever piece of published fiction, from 1966) and the chance to see facsimiles of the handwritten first draft of the opening section of The Infinities.

Possessed of a Past is an extraordinary document of the writer’s life and work across nearly fifty years of practice, simultaneously offering the perfect introduction to Banville’s sublime art and manna to devoted readers.


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st Edition edition (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447214722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447214724
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.4 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.

Raymond Bell lives in Ireland.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Possessed of a Past a John Banville Reader 16 Feb 2013
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As an introduction to this author this Reader works perfectly. It allows you to graze and nibble at his works before deciding which ones to read, and as soon as I came across his description of the "little blue butterflies" that "fluttered awkwardly like clockwork flowers" (Birchwood 1973) I was hooked! The Reader is a delicious treat and hopefully you will also find something in here that you want to read more.
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