(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Lynne Reid Banks 1929–

English-born Israeli novelist and playwright.

Banks's adult fiction is primarily concerned with the lives of single women. Her best-known work, The L-Shaped Room, is a novel of protest against the lot of the unmarried mother. Although Banks's conventional treatment of meaningful themes is sometimes disappointing, she is noted for her well-drawn, realistic characterizations.

Banks has lived in Israel for several years, and many of her works for adults and children are set there. Some of her best writing is in the descriptions of this country, its people and history.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 1-4, rev. ed.; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 6; and Something about the Author, Vol. 22.)