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April in Spain
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When Dublin pathologist Quirke glimpses a familiar face while on holiday with his wife, it's hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Could she really be who he thinks she is, and have a connection with a crime that nearly brought ruin to an Irish political dynasty? Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home, and Detective St John Strafford is soon dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one on route: as a terrifying hitman hunts down his prey, they are all set for a brutal showdown.
Following the discovery of the body of a well-loved parish priest at Ballyglass House - the Co Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family - Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate. Facing obstruction from all angles, Strafford is determined to identify the murderer. But, as the snow continues to fall over this ever expanding mystery, the people of Ballyglass are equally determined to keep their secrets.
Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons, the hasty revelation of his double life of wartime espionage, his photograph is all over the papers. His disgrace is public, his position as curator of the Queen’s pictures terminated… Maskell writes his own testament, in an act not unlike the restoration of one of his beloved pictures, in order for the process of verification and attribution to begin.
Old Adam Godley’s time on earth is drawing to an end, and as his wife and children gather at the family home, little do they realize that they are not the only ones who have come to observe the spectacle. The mischievous Greek gods, too, have come; as tensions fray and desire bubbles over, their spying soon becomes intrusion becomes intervention, until the mortals’ lives – right before their eyes – seem to be changing faster than they can cope with.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Blue Guitar by John Banville, read by Gerry O'Brien. Adultery is always put in terms of thieving, but we were happy together, simply happy. Oliver Orme is a painter who has abandoned his art. His days are now haunted by loss: loss of desire, of artistic vision, of the people he has loved. And only now does he realize that those around him understand him more than he does himself.
Kunsthistorikeren Max Morden er vendt tilbage til den kystby, hvor han tilbragte sine ferier som dreng - en retræte fra den sorg, vrede og tomhed, han føler, efter at hans kone nylig er død af kræft. Men det er også en tilbagevenden til det sted, hvor han som 10-11-årig mødte den velhavende ferierende Grace-familie og første gang oplevede kærlighed, sex og pludselig død. Romanen omhandler dels Mordens skæbnesvangre oplevelser som dreng, dels minderne om hans kone Anna og dels de både betydningsfulde og trivielle begivenheder i hans nuværende liv.
Ein sehr persönlicher Dublin-Stadtführer und zugleich eine autobiographische Reise des großen irischen Schriftstellers und Man Booker Prize-Trägers John Banville an ganz besondere Orte in der Sehnsuchtsstadt seiner Kindheit. Geboren und aufgewachsen in Wexford durfte John Banville als Kind an seinem Geburtstag die exzentrische Lieblingstante in Dublin besuchen - das für ihn so zu einem Ort der Verheißungen wurde. Nachdem er als Erwachsener dorthin gezogen war, sah Banville Dublin zwar mit realistischeren Augen, und doch blieb die Faszination, die die Stadt schon auf den Siebenjährigen ausgeübt hatte.
Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home. He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human. Memories, anxiety for the future, and more particularly, for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract him from his dreaming retirement.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Mrs Osmond by John Banville, read by Amy Finegan. 'What was freedom, she thought, other than the right to exercise one's choices?' Isabel Osmond, a spirited, intelligent young heiress, flees to London after being betrayed by her husband, to be with her beloved cousin Ralph on his deathbed. After a sombre, silent existence at her husband's Roman palazzo, Isabel's daring escape to London reawakens her youthful quest for freedom and independence.