John Banville: ‘David Simon called me a f**khead on Twitter. Why would he bother?’

John Banville on his relief that his children did not follow him into writing, being insulted by the creator of The Wire and the decline of the Booker Prize

Author John Banville at the East Pier in Howth, Co Dublin. Photo by Frank McGrath

John Meagher

He may be regarded as one of the greatest living writers, a prose stylist of global renown, but John Banville hates reading his own work. “All I can see,” he says, “are the flaws, the mistakes. I can’t bear it — it makes me sick.”