John Banville

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Should reviews of bad books be published?

How influenced are you by reviews that say you’d pretty much be wasting your time by reading a book? Grateful? Take this opening paragraph from a review by Judith Flanders of Isabelle Allende’s new book, Ripper, which appeared in  The Sunday Times recently: Some literary writers have patronising attitudes to genre fiction.…

Preview of film of John Banville’s The Sea

Staying for a moment with the Booker Prize theme, the film of John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning The Sea, is scheduled for release in England in September. For a quick preview go to: The movie stars Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter,  Swimming Pool, Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dangerous Beauty, The Woodlanders,…


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