In a long and uncharacterstically personal essay in the Daily Mail, John Banville reflects on old age - his own and his parents':
Thinking back on the lives of one's parents and making comparisons with one's own life can be a dizzying exercise. It startles me to realise that when my father was the age I am now, past my mid-60s, he was long retired and preparing with more or less equanimity for his dotage.
The essay includes a remarkable photo of an eight-year-old Banville. You can read it all here.