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Banville brought Quirke screenwriter to Mount St

1 of 1 Banville and Davies walked around Dublin to make the Quirke series
Banville and Davies walked around Dublin to make the Quirke series

Writer John Banville, aka Benjamin Black, brought veteran screenwriter Andrew Davies to Dublin’s Mount St.

This was during Davies’ work on adaptation of the Quirke novels, currently showing on BBC One, on Sunday nights.

“We went to Upper Mount Street which is where I lived in the early Sixties when I moved to Dublin from Wexford where I was born," the novelist told The Telegraph.

Banville believes that Mount Street – which would be well familiar to Benjamin Black’s pathologist character Quirke – is the most beautiful street in Dublin.

“Because if you stand with your back to the parliament buildings and you look along Merrion Square and up Upper Mount Street towards the Pepper Canister Church, it’s an absolutely beautiful vista. It’s Georgian Dublin. It’s very well preserved. A lot of the action, well not the action, but a lot of the ruminative scenes take place in those areas.”

“Good writing happens anywhere,” Banville declares. “The first dish-washer that I bought had a beautifully written manual. It was clear, it was concise, it was good English. Writing is writing if it’s good. If it’s not good, it doesn't matter what medium it happens in.”

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