A Northern Irish-born author, he is most recognized for his 1999 novel, The International, which is set in Belfast just before the onset of ethnic nationalism-spawned violence. His other works include Fat Lad; Number 5; That Which Was; and The Third Party.
He studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
He was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
He was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
He and Joan Didion are both internationally-known authors.