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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.

If you like John Boyne you might also like to read books by Sebastian Faulks, Sebastian Faulks and Robert Goddard.

Featured Books, with extracts, by John Boyne

Beneath the Earth by John Boyne
Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us, the impossibility...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Beneath the Earth by John Boyne
Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. Drawing on a host of enthralling characters a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
A History of Loneliness by John Boyne
A History of Loneliness
John Boyne
An exposé of the extent of the child abuse amidst the catholic clergy as we follow the life of Odran from 10 to 60. Training as a priest he goes to Rome and then eventually to a boys’ school in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2015
A History of Loneliness by John Boyne
A History of Loneliness
John Boyne
An exposé of the extent of the child abuse amidst the catholic clergy as we follow the life of Odran from 10 to 60. Training as a priest he goes to Rome and then eventually to a boys’ school in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
This House is Haunted
John Boyne
Victorian gothic ghost stories have been written and enjoyed since, well, the Victorian era. This House is Haunted summons reader memories of Wilkie Collins, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe and more recently Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
Next of Kin by John Boyne
Next of Kin
John Boyne
1936: London is abuzz with gossip about the affair between Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson. But the king is not the only member of the aristocracy with a hard decision to make. Owen Montignac, the handsome and charismatic descendent of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2012
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
A 2014 World Book Night selection. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance and follow a developing friendship...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Absolutist
John Boyne
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. From the hugely successful author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes The Absolutist, a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
The Congress of Rough Riders by John Boyne
The Congress of Rough Riders
John Boyne
William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West. Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2011
The Thief of Time by John Boyne
The Thief of Time
John Boyne
Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery and redemption. It's France in 1758, Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthew Zela's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2011
The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Absolutist
John Boyne
May 2011 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 9 June 2011. From the hugely successful author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/02/2011
The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne
The House of Special Purpose
John Boyne
May 2010 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 April 2010. The structure here is interesting. It begins in London in 1981...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne
Mutiny on the Bounty
John Boyne
Author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas turns to a nautical adventure for his next offering and takes it a step beyond the classic tale, expanding on the story in masterful fashion. Excellent in historical detail, human drama...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2009
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Now a major film. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2008
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2007
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2006

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