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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Banville bags the Booker

So, John Banville wins the Booker for his "poignant and dark novel about childhood memories", The Sea. Well deserved and long overdue for JB.

He and I traipsed round Ireland together in early 1977 during the promo of Doctor Copernicus.

What with the loony and plummeting criteria of prizes these days, I feared for a few heart-stopping moments that the judges would lose sight of all standards and guidelines and plump for some nonsense in the Stephen King mould.

As always, Grumpy Book Man worth reading.

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