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 of two young privates, one of them who declared himself a conscientious objector but both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.
July 2012 Book of the Month.
September 1919: 20 year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together. But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. The letters however are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life - forever.
'John Boyne has produced a gripping, superbly plotted novel, filled with surprises that are by turns confounding, disturbing and tremendously moving. For all its spellbinding narrative momentum, The Absolutist is, in the end, a sober meditation on the heartbreak that ensues when people and principles collide.' -- Paul Russell, author of The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov
'A relentlessly tragic yet beautifully crafted novel.' - Publishers Weekly
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 19/02/2011
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||5th July 2012|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 ...More About John Boyne