- Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1996 and Winner of the 1996 Guardian Fiction Prize.
- 'Reading in the Dark is a swift, masterful transformation of family grief 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
- 'A wonderful evocation of childhood; a vibrant, unforgettable fragment that leaves you aching for more' —Robert McCrum, Observer
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