Dark Chapter

Dark Chapter


Dark Chapter

Author: Winnie M Li

Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society.

On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide during a horrifying act of violence. In the aftermath, each is forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack.

Inspired by true events, this is a story of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.

Original language

ENGLISH (US & Canada) | Polis Books
ENGLISH (UK & Comm. excl. Canada) | Legend Press

Translation rights

CZECH | XYZ / Albatros Media
DUTCH | HarperCollins Holland
KOREAN | Hangilsa Publishing Company
GERMAN | Arche Verlag
ICELANDIC | Bokafelagid
ITALIAN | Newton Compton
SWEDISH | Norstedts

Shortlisted for SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016 

Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger 2015

Shortlisted for Pat Kavanagh Prize 2015

Shortlisted for Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2015  


“A powerful debut novel.” The Guardian

“Brave, raw and strikingly original, it is a story that will resonate for many years.”  The Daily Mail 

“An important and moving book about rape and the long process of recovery.” Stylist


“Deftly written, pacey and unflinching, I could not put down Dark Chapter. Winnie Li is a rare talent with an explosive and timely story. Do not miss it.” Marti Leimbach, author of Dying Young and Daniel Isn’t Talking

“An important and moving book.” Cathy Rentzenbrink, bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

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