April in Spain

April in Spain by John Banville

On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax, despite the beaches, cafés and the company of his disarmingly lovely wife. When he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at Las Acadas bar, it's hard at first to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him…

April in Spain once again has hard-drinking, cantankerous Irish state pathologist Quirke at its centre. However, this time around, he’s slightly softer around the edges. Even though Quirke is still his grumpy self, he’s wildly in love with life.

April in Spain unfolds slowly and leisurely. Much like a Mediterranean holiday, there’s no rush for it to end. A compelling addition to Banville's extensive body of work.