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  • Published: 2 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473573819
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Reading in the Dark




A new Vintage Classics edition of a masterful story of childhood, family and a violent politics - part of a set of beautiful presented Irish classics

This is the story of a haunted Irish childhood.

The setting is Derry in the Northern Ireland of the 40s and 50s, fraught with political hatred, family secrets and lethal intrigue. As a young boy tries to make sense of life, poverty and violence shift and obscure the facts; meanwhile his night-time reading of Irish legends weaves enchantment through reality. Claustrophobic but lyrically charged, breathtakingly sad but vibrant and unforgettable, this is one of the finest books about growing up – in Ireland or anywhere – that has ever been written.

See also: The Green Road by Anne Enright

  • Published: 2 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473573819
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Seamus Deane

Born in Derry in 1940, Seamus Deane has published several books of criticism and poetry; his essay collection 'Small World: Ireland 1800-2000' will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He lives in Dublin.

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Praise for Reading in the Dark

Reading In The Dark is a swift, masterful transformation of family griefs and political violence into something at once rhapsodic and heartbreaking. If Isaac Babel had been born in Derry, he might have written this sudden, brilliant book.

Seamus Heaney

Marvellous...almost impossible to put down

Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday

Go into your nearest bookshop and buy Reading In The Dark... A novel that no reader with any concern for their heart or mind should be without

A. L. Kennedy, Scotsman

A wonderful evocation of childhood; a vibrant, unforgettable fragment that leaves you aching for more

Robert McCrum, Observer

A profoundly emotive and seamlessly structured exploration of loss and regret. It is also funny and authentic. What more could one ask of a book?

Antonia Logue, Guardian

This is the work of a master story-teller...a book to buy, read and read again

Julia Neuberger, Sunday Tribune

In language strikingly lucid and scenes fired by a spare, aching passion, Reading in the Dark combines the intimacy of a memoir with the suspense of a detective story

New York Times

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