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The year is 1921. Ben Sheridan, a young American, sets out for Ireland to track down his true family, and walks straight into the savagery of the Black-and-Tan war. The Promise of Light is an unforgettable vel of action, a remarkable study of youth, and a work of immense literary distinction by one of Britain's finest young writers.
Paul Watkins was born in 1964. He is the son of Welsh parents and was educated at the Dragon School, at Eton and at Yale. His novels include Night Over Day Over Night, Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn, In the Blue Light of African Dreams, The Promise of Night, Archangel, The Story of My Disappearance and The Forger. He has also written about his experiences at public school, in Stand Before Your God. He was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1992 and 1996, and won the Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel of the Year in 1996. He lives in the USA.