Ancient Light

Ancient Light

By John Banville

In a small town in 1950s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman - in the back of her car on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons.

'Billie Gray was my best friend and I fell in love with is mother'
In a small town in 1950s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman - in the back of her car on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons.  Unsure why she has chosen him, he becomes obsessed and tormented by this first love.  Half a century later, actor Alexander Cleave - grieving for the recent loss of his daughter - recalls these trysts, trying to make sense of the boy he was and of the needs and frailties of the human heart.
'Dazzling . . . captures a long-lost adolescent world of passion and desire.' Independent
'Illuminating, funny, devastating. A meditation of breathtaking beauty and profundity on love and loss and death.' Financial Times
'As gorgeous and precise as in his 2005 Man Booker winner The Sea . . . evokes scenes so that they burn in the reader's mind.' Sunday Express
'Brilliant.  Banville excels in his brightly lit descrptions of self-absorbed teenage lust.' Guardian

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9780241955406

April 24, 2013

Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

RRP $22.99

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