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The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea gives us a brilliant, profoundly moving new novel about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career: a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives.

Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism, and the heart-wrenching humor that have marked all of John Banville's extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave as he plumbs the memories of his first - and perhaps only - love (he, just fifteen, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring, and finally devastating) . . . and of his daughter, lost to a kind of madness of mind and heart that Cleave can only fail to understand. When his stunted acting career is suddenly, inexplicably revived with a movie role portraying a man who may not be who he says he is, his young leading lady - famous and fragile - unwittingly gives him the opportunity to see with aching clarity the "chasm that yawns between the doing of a thing and the recollection of what was done."

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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : UK Hardback

Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4713-5040-1 / 978-1-4713-5040-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ancient Light (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4104-5640-4 / 978-1-4104-5640-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-307-95705-5 / 978-0-307-95705-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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July 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John BANVILLE
ISBN: 0-670-92061-4 / 978-0-670-92061-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin,
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ancient Light (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-307-94692-4 / 978-0-307-94692-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-241-95540-8 / 978-0-241-95540-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-241-95541-6 / 978-0-241-95541-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-670-92062-2 / 978-0-670-92062-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Audio Editions

October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-449-01342-1 / 978-0-449-01342-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ancient Light
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK