Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
1945 – Born on the 8th of December in Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland.
Educated at a Christian Brothers’ school and at St Peter’s College in Wexford.
1968-1969 – Banville lived in the United States.
1970 – Became a sub-editor at the Irish Press newspaper rising to the position of chief sub-editor.
– His first book, Long Lankin, appeared this year.
1976 – Awarded as James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Doctor Copernicus.
1981 – Awarded as Guardian Fiction Prize Kepler, Allied Irish Bank Fiction Prize, American-Irish Foundation Award Birchwood.
1984 – Elected to Aosdána (Association of people in Ireland who have achieved distinction in the arts).
1989 – Awarded as Guinness Peat Aviation Award The Book of Evidence, Booker Prize (short listed) The Book of Evidence.
1990 – Banville has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.
1995 – Became a sub-editor at the Irish Times newspaper.
1998 – Appointed as literary editor at the Irish Times newspaper.
2005 – Banville awarded as Booker Prize for The Sea.
2006 – Awarded as Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year for The Sea.