The Untouchable

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The Untouchable is an engrossing, exquisitely written and almost bewilderingly smart book . . . It’s the fullest book I’ve read in a very long time, utterly accomplished, thoroughly readable, written by a novelist of vast talent’ Richard Ford

Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons and the hasty revelation of his double life of wartime espionage, his disgrace is public, his knighthood revoked, his position as curator of the Queen’s pictures terminated. There are questions to be answered. For whom has he been sacrificed? To what has he sacrificed his life?

‘No novel burrowed deeper beneath my skin than The Untouchable . . . Prose of great elegance, applied to a sardonic narrative, created an atmosphere at once austere, chilling and utterly believable’ John Coldstream, Daily Telegraph

‘Banville is the most intelligent and stylish novelist currently at work in English . . . the mien is austere and Victorian; the awareness, the ironic readings of the contemporary are razor-sharp’ George Steiner, Observer

‘Brilliant displays of power and control . . . magnificently written and, in its exploration of inhumanity, startlingly humane’ Alex Clark, Guardian

About John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He was recently awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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Books by John Banville

The Sea (film tie-in)
The Sea (film tie-in)
Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader
Possessed of a Past: A John Banville Reader
Mefisto
Mefisto
Kepler
Kepler
Eclipse
Eclipse
Doctor Copernicus
Doctor Copernicus
Birchwood
Birchwood
Athena
Athena
Ghosts
Ghosts
The Newton Letter
The Newton Letter
Shroud
Shroud
The Infinities
The Infinities
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence
The Sea
The Sea