Pat Grant's childhood is played out against a bleak Ulster landscape at the height of the Troubles. One by one, his brothers leave home, and he is left with his increasingly eccentric father and helpless mother. Pat's teenage romance with Elaine looks at odds with the violence around them.
Gray was born in Belfast and studied politics at Leeds University and Birkbeck College, London. He is now senior lecturer in politics at the University of Luton.