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The Absolutist by John Boyne
  

The Absolutist

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

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.

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

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Synopsis

The Absolutist by John Boyne

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.


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Reviews

'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

About the Author

John Boyne

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th July 2012

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John Boyne

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552775403

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