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Banville says being Black doesn't give him the blues

Mark Egan

Published 23/04/2010 | 05:00

Award-winning author John Banville has always been highly critical of his own writing, but with the publication of his latest crime novel, he says he loves himself. Well, sort of.

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Banville is promoting 'Elegy for April', the fourth book published in as many years under his pen name Benjamin Black. In it, Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke's daughter, Phoebe, takes a central role.

"I had been very interested in the character of Phoebe, Quirke's daughter," Banville said. "My agent insists I am in love with her, and maybe I am. In a very curious way, she reminds me something of myself."

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