John Banville: The Singularities

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Wednesday 12 July 2023

8:30 pm

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Join us for an evening with John Banville. The Singularities is his playful, multilayered novel of nostalgia, life and death, and quantum theory, which opens with the return of one of his most celebrated characters as he is released from prison.

John will be in conversation with fellow writer Cristín Leach

Admission: €20

A man with a borrowed name steps from a flashy red sports car—also borrowed—onto the estate of his youth. But all is not as it seems. There is a new family living in the drafty old house: the Godleys, descendants of the late, world-famous scientist Adam Godley, whose theory of existence threw the universe into chaos. And this mystery man, who has just completed a prison sentence, feels as if time has stopped, or was torn, or was opened in new and strange ways. He must now vie with the idiosyncratic Godley family, with their harried housekeeper who becomes his landlady, with the recently commissioned biographer of Godley Sr., and with a wealthy and beautiful woman from his past who comes bearing an unusual request.


With sparkling intelligence and rapier wit, John revisits some of his career’s most memorable figures, in a novel as mischievous as it is brilliantly conceived. The Singularities occupies a singular space and will surely be one of his most admired works.


Banville is, without question, one of the great living masters of English-language prose.’ Los Angeles Times

With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, Banville is the heir to Nabokov His prose is sublime.’ The Sunday Telegraph



John Banville

John Banville is the author of seventeen novels and has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz...

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Cristín Leach

Cristín Leach is an art critic, writer, and award-winning broadcaster. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Negative Space, was a bestseller for Merrion Press in 2022. Her writing has been published in Winter Papers and...

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