Sunday 30 April 2017

Banville says being Black doesn't give him the blues

Mark Egan

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.

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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