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.
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