John Boyne is an Irish novelist and author of eleven novels for adults and six novels for younger readers.
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Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold in 37 countries across the globe. She writes for both adults and children and her work includes two of the most critically and commercially acclaimed ghost stories of modern times, Dark Matter and Thin Air and the prize-winning, million copy selling, children’s series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Her new book Wakenhyrst, set in Edwardian Suffolk, was inspired by a series of real events and fuelled by secrets from her maternal past. John Boyne returns to the show. He is best known for his phenomenal bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas which has sold an astonishing 9 million copies worldwide. His latest book, My Brother's Name Is Jessica, is an urgent call to arms for better empathy and understanding around the complexity of gender identity, and is full of John’s trademark warmth, humour and emotion.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Irish novelist John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ sold more than nine million copies and changed his life dramatically. He tells Georgina Godwin about his school days – “beatings and abuse were taken for granted” – and his work as a writer. Plus: how his new book ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ examines issues close to his life.
Irish writer John Boyne has published his tenth novel for adults, The Heart’s Invisible Furies. He joined Róisín Ingle to talk about writing that book in the months leading up to the marriage referendum and why that was a dark time for him. He spoke about his most famous book, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, which sold nine million copies worldwide and was made into a film, and why he never minds answering questions about it ten years after it propelled him to literary super-stardom. Boyne also talked about why he makes sure to write strong, independent female characters in his books and about life after the breakdown of his 11 year relationship last year.
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Apr 30th, 1971
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