The Newton Letter

John Banville

Volume Three of the Revolutions Trilogy

‘A nearly perfectly fashioned work of art . . . The Newton Letter gave this reader such pleasurable excitement that he found it impossible to concentrate on anything until he had read it again to make sure that it seemed as good on the second reading. It did’ Irish Times

A historian, on the brink of completing a book on Isaac Newton, rents a cottage in southern Ireland for the summer. As the summer wears on and he dissects Newton’s mental collapse of 1693 he becomes distracted by the mysterious occupants of Fern House and finds himself constructing their imagined histories to powerful effect. His elaborate attempts to decipher the complex web of relationships are, however, far from accurate . . .

‘How is one to convey half-adequately that Banville’s The Newton Letter is something out of the ordinary?’ Sunday Times

‘Banville’s prose has a dazzling amplitude and resource . . . a novelist of international calibre’ Boston Globe



Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033037235003
Published: 05/08/2010

John Banville

John Banville

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

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