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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Other books by John Boyne


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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

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.


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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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

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


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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 ...


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Author: John Boyne Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

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 shell-shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell-shock is, but is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place...


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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

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...


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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.