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Time Pieces

Time Pieces

(2016)
A Dublin Memoir
A non fiction book by

 
For the young John Banville, Dublin was a place of enchantment and yearning. Each year, on his birthday - the 8th of December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception - he and his mother would journey by train to the capital city, passing frosted pink fields at dawn, to arrive at Westland Row and the beginning of a day's adventures that included much-anticipated trips to Clery's and the Palm Beach ice-cream parlour.

The aspiring writer first came to live in the city when he was eighteen. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped.

It was a cold time, for society and for the individual - one the writer would later explore through the famed Benjamin Black protagonist Quirke - but underneath the seeming permafrost a thaw was setting in, and Ireland was beginning to change.

Alternating between vignettes of Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory - that 'bright abyss' in which 'time's alchemy works' - and a tender and powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man.

Accompanied by images of the city by photographer Paul Joyce.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : UK Hardback
Title: Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir
Author(s): John Banville, Paul Joyce
ISBN: 1-4736-1904-1 / 978-1-4736-1904-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

October 2016 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir
Author(s): John Banville, Paul Joyce
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Availability: Amazon UK   


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