Seamus Deane’s luminous first novel is a haunting account of childhood set in Northern Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s.

A novel in which the boy narrator grows up enclosed in two worlds. One is legendary - a Donegal house where children are stolen away by demonic forces; the other is actual - the city of Derry in the Northern Ireland of the 1940s and 1950s, a place haunted by political enmities and family secrets.
The Booker Prize 1996
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Jonathan Cape
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Seamus Deane

Seamus Deane

About the Author

Seamus Deane was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. His novel Reading in the Dark was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize.
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