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John Boyne - Author

About the Author

John Boyne was our Guest Editor in May 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

 

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.


His early writing consisted mostly of short stories and he published a number of them. His first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, he has published about 70 short stories.


He has published seven novels: THE THIEF OF TIME (2000), THE CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS (2001), CRIPPEN (2004), THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS (2006), NEXT OF KIN (2006), MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (2008) and THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE (2009).


His 2006 novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and was shortlisted or won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more than 80 weeks at no.1 in Ireland, topped the New York Times Bestseller List, and was the bestselling book in Spain in both 2007 and 2008. Worldwide, it has sold more than 5 million copies and was the 6th highest selling novel of 2008.


His novels are published in 42 languages.

He lives in Dublin.

 

Featured books by John Boyne

Beneath the Earth

Beneath the Earth

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Drawing on a host of enthralling characters - a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents, bad parents, writers and soldiers; a student, a rent boy and a hitman - Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgement. This, his first collection of short stories, is some of John Boyne's finest writing to date. It includes 'Rest Day' which won the 2015 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland.

Beneath the Earth

Beneath the Earth

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2015

The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us, the impossibility of shared loss, the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and the distance we will run to protect ourselves. This, his first collection of short stories, is some of John Boyne's finest writing to date. It includes 'Rest Day' which won the 2015 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland.

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation. It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation. It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.

This House is Haunted

This House is Haunted

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin's walls.

Next of Kin

Next of Kin

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/2012

Owen Montignac has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy has given him a choice: find GBP50,000 by Christmas - or find yourself six feet under. So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of his late uncle's will in favor of his beautiful cousin Stella, it is time to prove just how cunning he can be...And Owen is nothing if not inventive - even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit. And for murder...

Other books by John Boyne

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave Imperial War Museum Anniversary Edition

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave Imperial War Museum Anniversary Edition

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Part of a stunning new design partnership between Puffin and the Imperial War Museum, this is an unforgettable story from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This special edition features a foreword from Eoin Colfer. The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. And Alfie becomes determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .

A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely. Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them - or to whom they belong - as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

'A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft . . . an ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most assured writers of his generation.' Hannah Beckerman, Observer * A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely. Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them - or to whom they belong - as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse. * 'Maurice Swift, the novelist protagonist of John Boyne's A Ladder to the Sky, is a bookish version of Patricia Highsmith's psychopathic antihero Tom Ripley' The Times 'A dark morality tale in the mould of Patricia Highsmith . . . consistently intriguing' Daily Mail

Ladder to the Sky

Ladder to the Sky

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 09/08/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, read by Richard E. Grant, Richard Cordery, Nina Sosanya and Laurence Kennedy. A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career.A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely.Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them - or to whom they belong - as long as they help him rise to the top.Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

Cyril Avery

Cyril Avery

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2018

Seit seiner Geburt steht Cyril Averys Leben unter einem ungunstigen Stern. Als uneheliches Kind hat er namlich keinen Platz in der konservativen irischen Gesellschaft der 1940er Jahre. Ein exzentrisches Dubliner Ehepaar nimmt ihn in die Familie auf, doch auch dort findet er nicht das Zuhause, nach dem er sich sehnt. In dem katholischen Jungeninternat, auf das sie ihn schicken, lernt er schlielich Julian Woodbead kennen und schliet innige Freundschaft mit ihm. Bis er mehr fur den rebellischen Lebemann zu empfinden beginnt und auch dieser Halt fur ihn verloren geht. Einsam und verzweifelt verlasst Cyril letztendlich das Land - ohne zu wissen, dass diese Reise uber Amsterdam und New York ihn an den Ort fuhrt, nach dem er immer gesucht hat: Heimat.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

The Richard and Judy Bookclub pick that readers are falling in love with. 'It's been a long time since I read anything so compelling and satisfying. At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending' - Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he's never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known. And so begins one man's desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it? Winner of the 2018 Glass Bell Award for standout storytelling.

Der Junge auf dem Berg

Der Junge auf dem Berg

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 24/08/2017

Seit uber 10 Jahren ein Welterfolg: Der Junge im gestreiften PyjamaMit seinem neuen Roman kehrt John Boyne in das dunkelste Kapitel unserer Geschichte zuruck.Als Pierrot seine Eltern verliert, nimmt ihn seine Tante zu sich in den deutschen Haushalt, in dem sie Dienst tut. Aber dies ist keine gewohnliche Zeit: Der zweite Weltkrieg steht unmittelbar bevor. Und es ist kein gewohnliches Haus: Es ist der Berghof - Adolf Hitlers Sommerresidenz.Schnell gerat der Junge unter den direkten Einfluss des charismatischen Fuhrers. Um ihm seine Treue zu beweisen, ist er zu allem bereit - auch zum Verrat.Ein brandaktuelles Buch in Zeiten des weltweiten Rechtsrucks."e;Unfassbar und unfassbar gut. "e; The Times"e;Ein Bravourstuck ... Uberwaltigend. "e; The Guardian"e;Die Leser werden John Boynes Botschaft begreifen: Wenn das Pierrot passieren kann, dann kann es auch uns passieren."e;Irish Indipendent"e;Erneut zwingt uns diese Parabel uber einen Jungen in Kriegszeiten dazu, uber das Beste und das Schlechteste im Menschen nachzudenken. "e; The Irish Times"e;Eine tief bewegende Parabel ... Diese erschreckende Darstellung jugendlicher Verfuhrbarkeit und Suhne klingt noch lange nach. "e;Daily Mail

Heart's Invisible Furies

Heart's Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2017

Named Book of the MonthClub's Book of the Year, 2017Selected one of New York Times Readers' Favorite Books of 2017From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war IrelandCyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Heart's Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

Heart's Invisible Furies

Heart's Invisible Furies

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, read by Stephen Hogan. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Bruno doesn't like his new house. He had to leave all his friends behind in Berlin, and there are no children to play with here - until Bruno meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the wire fence near Bruno's house, and who wears a strange uniform of striped pyjamas. A stunning anniversary edition of John Boyne's powerful classic bestseller, with illustrations from award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers.

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler. Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

Beneath the Earth

Beneath the Earth

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Drawing on a host of enthralling characters - a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents, bad parents, writers and soldiers; a student, a rent boy and a hitman - Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgement. This, his first collection of short stories, is some of John Boyne's finest writing to date. It includes 'Rest Day' which won the 2015 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland.

Die Geschichte der Einsamkeit

Die Geschichte der Einsamkeit

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2015

Odran Yates kommt 1972 an das renommierte Dubliner "e;Clonliffe Seminary"e;, um Priester zu werden. Voller Hingabe widmet er sich seinen Studien. Er kann es kaum erwarten, endlich Gutes zu tun. Vierzig Jahre spater ist sein Vertrauen in die katholische Kirche jedoch zutiefst erschuttert. Er muss dabei zusehen, wie Priester vor Gericht stehen, wie einstige Wurdentrager ins Gefangnis kommen und wie das Leben zahlreicher Kollegen zerstort wird. Odran zieht sich zuruck - aus Angst vor den missbilligenden Blicken seiner Umwelt. Erst als bei einem Familientreffen alte Wunden aufgerissen werden, sieht er sich gezwungen, sich den Ereignissen zu stellen und seine Komplizenschaft zu erkennen.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2015

A deeply moving and thought-provoking stage play based on the bestselling novel by John Boyne.

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

There's nothing unusual or different about the Brocket family - and they're keen to keep it that way. But when Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary. To his parents' horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats. Soon, the Brockets decide enough is enough. The neighbours are starting to talk. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . . Betrayed and frightened, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon - and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation. It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.

History of Loneliness

History of Loneliness

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history.Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to the good.Forty years later, Odrans devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish peoples faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and he grows wary of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store while looking for the boy's mother.But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family.A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms John Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.

Brockets Get a Dog: Beyond the Stars

Brockets Get a Dog: Beyond the Stars

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2014

A humorous short story from the collection, BEYOND THE STARS, written by an internationally bestselling authorAbigail Crumb is forever making mistakes at the veterinary surgery where she works after school, and now she's on her final warning. So when she loses - and then finds again - one of the puppies in her care, she doesn't tell her boss; she's saving up for a houdah for her elephant, after all, and knows she has to hide the puppy if she wants to keep her job. But how will she keep her secret?After several chance encounters with Henry Brocket - a forlorn little boy who's always dressed as a pilot and is obsessed with Biggles - and discovering why he's so sad, Abigail suddenly realises what she must do.

Haus der Geister

Haus der Geister

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2014

England 1867. Die junge Eliza Caine fahrt in die englische Grafschaft Norfolk, um eine Stellung als Gouvernante anzutreten. Als sie an einem nebeligen Novemberabend mude und durchgefroren die Empfangshalle von Gaudlin Hall betritt, wird sie von ihren beiden Schutzlingen Isabella und Eustace freudig begrut. Zu ihrer Uberraschung stellt sie fest, dass auer den beiden Kindern niemand in dem alten viktorianischen Anwesen lebt - bis sie erkennen muss, dass sie dennoch nicht alleine sind. Etwas verfolgt sie und trachtet ihnen nach dem Leben. Eliza muss langst begrabene, todliche Geheimnisse entratseln, wenn sie nicht selbst den dusteren Mauern von Gaudlin Hall zum Opfer fallen will.

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .

This House is Haunted

This House is Haunted

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin's walls.

So fern wie nah

So fern wie nah

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Der Autor des Weltbestsellers Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama schreibt uber den Ersten WeltkriegAls an Alfies funftem Geburtstag der Erste Weltkrieg ausbricht, verspricht sein Vater, nicht in dem Kampf zu ziehen - und bricht sein Wort am Tag darauf. Vier harte Jahre spater geht Alfie heimlich arbeiten, um seine Mutter zu unterstutzen. Er ist davon uberzeugt, dass er seinen Vater nie wiedersehen wird. Doch dann erfahrt Alfie zufallig, dass sein Vater in einer Klinik fur traumatisierte Soldaten behandelt wird. Und er beschliet, ihn nach Hause zu holen ...

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2014

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight-but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by-a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place. . . . in John Boyne's Stay Where You Are and Then Leave.This title has Common Core connections.

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Noah is running away from his problems the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest - or at least that's what he thinks. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he's not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever. A thought-provoking fable from the author of the bestselling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.

Der freundliche Mr. Crippen

Der freundliche Mr. Crippen

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2013

Am 20. Juli 1910 verlasst das Passagierschiff S.S. Montrose den Hafen von Antwerpen und steuert mit rund 1.400 Fahrgasten in Richtung Quebec. Unter ihnen aus London ein Vater mit seinem Sohn. Im Mrz desselben Jahres meldet im Londoner Bro von Scotland Yard eine Frau ihre Freundin Cora Crippen als vermisst und uert einen ungeheuerlichen Verdacht: Coras Ehemann, der Arzt Hawley Crippen, soll seine Frau ermordet haben. Inspektor Walter Drew schenkt diesem Hinweis jedoch keinerlei Glauben, denn Mr Crippen gilt als beraus freundlich, sympathisch und harmlos. Doch auch Mr Crippen scheint wie vom Erdboden verschluckt, und dann macht Scotland Yard eines Tages einen grausigen Fund. In Vor- und Rckblenden zwischen den Ereignissen in London und auf der S.S. Montrose erzhlt John Boyne von der spannenden Jagd nach einem Mrder und seiner Komplizin, die sich im Jahr 1910 wirklich so zugetragen hat. Sie fhrt uns zurck in die groe Zeit der Passierschifffahrt kurz vor dem Untergang der Titanic und der groen technischen Erfindungen: Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte der Menschheit wurde ein Tter per Schiffsfunk berfhrt.

Die unglaublichen Abenteuer des Barnaby Brocket

Die unglaublichen Abenteuer des Barnaby Brocket

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2013

Vom Mut, anders zu seinEine wunderbar phantasievolle Parabel - nicht nur fur Kinder Die Brockets sind eine absolut normale Familie - bis auf Barnaby. Denn der schwebt! Und so gern er es auch lassen wurde, es gelingt ihm nicht. An einem schicksalhaften Tag geschieht das Unfassbare: Barnaby schwebt davon, immer weiter, hoch in den Himmel hinein. So beginnt eine magische Reise durch die Welt, in der Barnaby hochst sonderbare Abenteuer erlebt. Er lernt eine Reihe kurioser und liebenswerter Freunde kennen. Und am Ende begreift er, dass er so normal wie seine Eltern gar nicht sein mochte: Er ist froh, anders zu sein.

Der Schiffsjunge

Der Schiffsjunge

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 29/05/2013

Portsmouth 1787: John Jacob Turnstile ist gerade mal 14, ein Meister in Taschendiebstahl und so einigen anderen Gaunereien. Sein Leben andert sich schlagartig, als er eines Tages erwischt wird. Doch statt im Gefangnis, landet er auf der Bounty. Unter Kapitan Bligh segeln sie in die Sudsee, mit der Mission, auf Tahiti Setzlinge des Brotfruchtbaumes einzusammeln. Ein Abenteuer, dessen Ausgang bekannt ist. Hier aber wird die Geschichte erstmalig aus der Perspektive des Schiffsjungen erzahlt. Die Ereignisse, Kapitan Bligh und seine Mannschaft erscheinem in einem komplett neuen Licht. Es ist als wurde man von der Meuterei auf der Bounty zum ersten Mal horen. Spannend, aufwuhlend und atemlos.Sie kennen die Geschichte der Meuterei auf der Bounty? Der Schiffsjunge erzahlt sie neu, unerwartet und verbluffend.

House of Special Purpose

House of Special Purpose

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2013

From the author of The Absolutist comes a propulsive novel of the Russian Revolution and the fate of the Romanovs. Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, The House of Special Purpose illuminates an empire at the end of its reign. Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past-a past of death, suffering, and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with his beloved wife, Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him. As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to Saint Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the tsar, in the early twentieth century-a time of change, threat, and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.

Das Vermachtnis der Montignacs

Das Vermachtnis der Montignacs

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2013

London, 1936. Owen Montignac, der attraktive, charismatische Spross aus gutem Haus, erwartet bang die Testamentsverlesung seines unlangst verstorbenen Onkels. Doch Owen wird nicht berucksichtigt. Die Alleinerbin ist seine schone Cousine Stella, zu der er eine etwas fragwurdige Zuneigung empfindet. Zudem plagen ihn hohe Spielschulden - und so ersinnt Owen einen teuflischen Plan ...

Next of Kin

Next of Kin

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/09/2012

Owen Montignac has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy has given him a choice: find GBP50,000 by Christmas - or find yourself six feet under. So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of his late uncle's will in favor of his beautiful cousin Stella, it is time to prove just how cunning he can be...And Owen is nothing if not inventive - even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit. And for murder...

Zu schnell

Zu schnell

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2012

Ein neuer Roman von Bestsellerautor John BoyneEs gibt sie, diese winzigen Momente, die ein Leben fur immer verandern. Fur Danny und seine Familie kommt ein solcher Moment, als Dannys Mutter einen kleinen Jungen mit dem Auto anfahrt. Qualende Schuldgefuhle lassen sie nicht mehr los, die Familie droht auseinanderzubrechen.Der Text besticht durch eine spannende Handlung und die groartig eingefangene Atmosphare. John Boyne erzahlt unmittelbar aus der Sicht des zwolfjahrigen Danny und schafft so einen eindringlichen Roman uber Schuld, Schicksal und die Kunst, zu verzeihen.

Der Junge mit dem Herz aus Holz

Der Junge mit dem Herz aus Holz

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2012

Von einem, der auszog, den Mut zu findenEines Morgens lauft Noah von zu Hause fort. Ein einsamer Waldweg fuhrt ihn zu einem Spielzeugladen voller Zauber und Magie. Hier lernt Noah einen sehr ungewohnlichen Spielzeugmacher kennen.Der alte Mann hat viel zu erzahlen. In seiner Geschichte geht es um Abenteuer, Wunder und gebrochene Versprechen. So nimmt er Noah mit auf eine Reise.Eine Reise, die Noahs Leben verandern wird.Und die auch unser Leben verandern konnte.Eine marchenhafte Parabel uber den Trost des Erzahlens.

Crippen A Novel of Murder

Crippen A Novel of Murder

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

July 1910: The grisly remains of Cora Crippen, music hall singer and wife of Dr Hawley Crippen, are discovered in the cellar of 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. But the Doctor and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, have vanished, much to the frustration of Scotland Yard and the outrage of a horrified London. Across the Channel in Antwerp, the SS Montrose sets sail on its two week voyage to Canada. Amongst its passengers are the overbearing Antonia Drake and her daughter Victoria, who is hell-bent on romance, the enigmatic Mathieu Zela and the modest Martha Hayes. Also on board are the unassuming Mr John Robinson and his seventeen-year-old son Edmund. But all is not as it seems...

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2011

Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest.Before long, he comes across a shop. But this is no ordinary shop: it's a toyshop, full of the most amazing toys, and brimming with the most wonderful magic. And here Noah meets a very unusual toymaker. The toymaker has a story to tell, and it's a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life.From the Hardcover edition.

Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama

Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2010

Die Geschichte von "e;Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama"e; ist schwer zu beschreiben. Normalerweise geben wir an dieser Stelle ein paar Hinweise auf den Inhalt, aber bei diesem Buch - so glauben wir - ist es besser, wenn man vorher nicht wei, worum es geht. Wer zu lesen beginnt, begibt sich auf eine Reise mit einem neunjahrigen Jungen namens Bruno. (Und doch ist es kein Buch fur Neunjahrige.) Fruher oder spater kommt er mit Bruno an einen Zaun. Zaune wie dieser existieren auf der ganzen Welt.

Das Haus zur besonderen Verwendung

Das Haus zur besonderen Verwendung

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2010

Der neue groe Roman vom Autor des Weltbestsellers Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama. Russland 1915: In einem kleinen Dorf verhindert der sechzehnjhrige Bauernsohn Georgi mit Glck und Geistesgegenwart ein Attentat auf ein Mitglied der Zarenfamilie. Zar Nikolaus II. ruft Georgi daraufhin nach Sankt Petersburg, wo er ihn zum Leibwchter seines einzigen Sohnes ernennt, der nicht nur als Thronfolger in stndiger Lebensgefahr schwebt. Georgi weicht dem kleinen Zaren fortan nicht mehr von der Seite - und findet in ihm einen Freund. In den prunkvollen Slen des Winterpalais begegnet er auch der Zarentochter Anastasia. Sie verlieben sich, wohl wissend, dass diese Liebe nicht sein darf. Doch Georgi ist entschlossen, fr Anastasia bis zum uersten zu gehen. Aber dann erhebt sich das Volk gegen den Zaren; das ganze Land taumelt dem Abgrund der Revolution entgegen. Anastasia und ihre Familie werden an einen geheimen Ort verschleppt - ins "e;Haus zur besonderen Verwendung"e;. Mit diesem auergewhnlichen Roman hat John Boyne den Menschen, die eine der dramatischsten Epochen Russlands erlebt und erlitten haben, ein Denkmal gesetzt. Die Geschichte vom tapferen Georgi, seinem kleinen Schtzling und seiner groen Liebe ist eine Geschichte, die man nie mehr vergisst.

The Dare

The Dare

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2009

At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But when his mother returns home one afternoon, flanked by two policemen, he knows that something terrible has happened. Mrs Delaney has accidentally hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma at the local hospital and nobody knows if he will ever wake up. Consumed by guilt, Danny's mother closes herself off, while Danny and his father are left to pick up the pieces of their fractured family. Told in John Boyne's unique style from the point of view of a twelve-year-old boy, The Dare is a brilliantly compelling story about how one moment can change a family forever.

Mutiny

Mutiny

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 17/02/2009

Fourteen-year-old pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile has just been caught red-handed and is on his way to prison when an offer is put to him---a ship has been refitted over the last few months and is about to set sail with an important mission. The boy who was expected to serve as the captain's personal valet has been injured and a replacement must be found immediately.Given the choice of prison or a life at sea, John soon finds himself on board, meeting the captain, just as the ship sets sail. The ship is the Bounty, the captain is William Bligh, and their destination is Tahiti. Their journey, however, will become one of the most infamous in naval history.Mutiny is the first novel to explore all the events relating to the Bounty's voyage, from the long passage across the ocean to their adventures on the island of Tahiti and the subsequent forty-eight-day expedition toward Timor. This vivid retelling of the notorious mutiny is packed with humor, violence, and historical detail, while presenting an intriguingly different portrait of Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian than has ever been presented before.Internationally bestselling author John Boyne has been praised as "e;one of the best and original of the new generation of Irish writers"e; by the Irish Examiner. Now, with Mutiny, he has created an eye-opening story of life---and death---at sea.

The Second Child

The Second Child

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2008

Rollercoasters The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Reader

Rollercoasters The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Reader

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Where is 'Outwith' and who is Bruno? How is he connected? Soon he will meet the boy in striped pyjamas and befriend him. But why must the boy stay behind the wire?

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/02/2007

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil? Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no-one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Author: John Boyne Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2006

';Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.' USA Today Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.From the Hardcover edition.