John Banville with book cover of Singularities

Staff Book Club with John Banville

The President’s Lounge, 1838, Albert College, Glasnevin campus
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The DCU Staff Book Club has returned for semester two, and there is a fantastic programme in store.

This is the fifth season of the Book Club, which will continue with in-person events across DCU's campuses. Staff will have an opportunity to engage in a Q&A with guests as part of these moderated events. There is no cost to join or attend.

This programme is developed by DCU Cultural Arts Office in partnership with DCU Library. 


Book in January - Singularities by John Banville

From the revered Booker Prize-winning author comes a 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. 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.

“A triumphant piece of writing…Prose of such luscious elegance…Exhilarating.” —The New York Times Book Review


About the Author

John Banville, the author of seventeen novels, has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. He lives in Dublin.

This event will be moderated by Prof. Derek Hand, Dean of Humanities and Sciences.