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Reading in the Dark

Reading in the Dark

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.

About the Author

Seamus Deane

Seamus Deane was born in Derry in 1940. He was educated at Queen’s University in Belfast and earned his doctorate at Cambridge University. His poetry collections include Gradual Wars; Rumours; History Lessons; and Selected Poems. His non-fiction includes Celtic Revivals: Essays in Modern Irish Literature 1880-1980; A Short History of Irish Literature; The French Enlightenment and Revolution in England 1798-1832. His awards include the Æ Award (1973), and he was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel Reading in the Dark. A poet and literary critic, he taught literature for many years at University College Dublin and was the general editor of the three-volume Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.  He is a professor at the University of Notre Dame.