John Banville | The Sea

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John Banville has been highly regarded as a writer for the past 40 years. He won numerous prizes, including the Man Booker Prize, the Irish Book Award, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.

Our Choice

In 2005 John Banville won the Booker Prize for The Sea, and the jury noted: ”a masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected“ […] A man attempts to escape a recent loss while confronting a trauma from a long lost summer, in John Banville‘s haunting and evocative novel.“ Max is an exceptional narrator: intelligent, hurt and attentive.

About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. After college he worked for the airline Aer Lingus and enjoyed traveling widely. His literary reputation is built on the fictional portraits of three brilliant scientists (Copernicus, Kepler, Newton), but his writing comprises a variety of forms: novels, including crime novels, scripts and plays, and he is literary editor for the Irish Times. He lives in Dublin. More information under

The Design

Our edition of Banville’s The Sea is set by Erik Spiekermann in Signifier, designed by Kris Sowersby. Signifier is a “brutalist“ response to 17th century typefaces. The jacket design is inspired by a classic tweed pattern with a futuristic touch. 

It is signed by John Banville and the edition is limited to 998 copies. 

About the Production and Materials

Letterpress printing on a 1954 Heidelberg Cylinder
Paper: 90g Schleipen Werkdruck/Gmund Cotton
Endpaper: Schabert color Bütten 415 in maize yellow
Linen: Schabert Brillianta Linen 4047 dark green
Design and typesetting by Erik Spiekermann
Set in Signifier by Kris Sowersby, FF Nort by Jörg Hemker and FF Real by Erik Spiekermann
ISBN 978-3-949164-02-6

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