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The Man Booker Prize 2005

The Winner

The Sea

By John Banville

Published by Picador

Led back to Ballyless by a dream, Max Morden is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma in the coastal town where he spent a holiday in his youth.

The Grace family appeared that long-ago summer as if from another world. Drawn to the Grace twins, Chloe and Myles, Max soon found himself entangled in their lives which were as seductive as they were unsettling.

What ensued haunts him for the rest of his years and shapes everything that is to follow.

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The 2005 Judges

John Sutherland (Chair)

Lindsay Duguid

Rick Gekoski

Josephine Hart

David Sexton