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John Boyne

Ireland (b.1971)

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He has won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year Award and has been shortlisted for many international literary prizes. His novels are published in over 40 languages. He lives in Dublin.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Young Adult Fantasy

John Boyne recommends
Tenderwire (2006)
Claire Kilroy
"A beautifully written story of a young musician ... Kilroy is easily one of the best young writers around."
Mac Slater Hunts the Cool (2008)
(Mac Slater Coolhunter, book 1)
Tristan Bancks
"Where were the books like this when I was a kid?"
The Slap (2008)
Christos Tsiolkas
"One of the truly great novels of the new millenium."
The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2009)
Paolo Giordano
"This is everything a debut novel should be."
The Very Thought of You (2009)
Rosie Alison
"Without question one of the best debuts I've read in recent years."
The Golden Mean (2009)
Annabel Lyon
"Extraordinary... Fascinating... Brings the ancient world back to life with a splendour I haven't seen since I, Claudius. A triumph."
New Town Soul (2010)
Dermot Bolger
"A terrific read."
Room (2010)
Emma Donoghue
"Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. I read the book over two days, desperate to know how their story would end."
The Violin of Auschwitz (2010)
Maria Angels Anglada
"Anglada writes with elegance and subtlety, the brevity of the story only adding to its emotional power."
The Rosie Project (2013)
(Don Tillman, book 1)
Graeme Simsion
"Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming."
Holding (2016)
Graham Norton
"One of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years... A fine novel."
Kick (2017)
Mitch Johnson
"A brilliant debut."
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling (2017)
(Aisling, book 1)
Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght
"I've spent the last forty-eight hours laughing my head off at this novel . . . but it's not just comic, there's a real heart to it and it's often very moving."
The Travelling Cat Chronicles (2017)
Hiro Arikawa
"Arikawa has a lightness of touch that elevates her story to a tale about loyalty and friendship ... while speaking to our basic human need for companionship."
Travelling in a Strange Land (2018)
David Park
"A writer's writer. Park is to be commended for his great skill with language and emotion."
Dear Mrs. Bird (2018)
(Emmeline Lake Chronicles, book 1)
AJ Pearce
"A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs. Bird is as funny as it is heartwarming."
Last Stories (2018)
William Trevor
"Writers often get asked which authors they return to again and again, their comfort books if you will, the ones that make them remember why fiction matters. William Trevor, I have answered on countless occasions. His stories. Any of them."
Meet Me At the Museum (2018)
Anne Youngson
"Tender, wise, and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish."
Roar (2018)
Cecelia Ahern
"These provocative and witty stories prove it’s time to recognise Cecelia Ahern as one of our finest writers."
When All Is Said (2019)
Anne Griffin
"An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears."
The Other Americans (2019)
Laila Lalami
"A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer."
Dear Edward (2020)
Ann Napolitano
"Ann Napolitano’s new novel is the best book about a young person I’ve read since Emma Donoghue’s Room, and if there’s any justice in the world, it’s going to be a phenomenon: outstanding storytelling, great writing, absolutely The Real Deal."
Snow (2020)
(St. John Strafford, book 1)
John Banville
"John Banville is simply the finest writer at work today, a prolific prose stylist whose work has only deepened in quality throughout his career."
Love (2020)
Roddy Doyle
"A profound examination of friendship, romantic confusion and mortality."
Here is the Beehive (2020)
Sarah Crossan
"One of our most original writers. Sarah has almost created an entirely new form of writing in her novels that is hers and hers alone."
Snowflake (2021)
Louise Nealon
"A novel for anyone who’s ever felt lost in the world. Louise Nealon balances humor and tragedy in a sharp debut."
Diving for Pearls (2021)
Jamie O'Connell
"A hugely engaging novel from a talented new writer."
True Crime Story (2021)
Joseph Knox
"Highly original and mischievous novel - a complete triumph."
Dinner Party (2021)
Sarah Gilmartin
"Sarah Gilmartin's depiction of an Irish family across the decades leaves the reader in no doubt how complicated love can be. A brilliant debut."
Breaking Point (2022)
Edel Coffey
"A rare treat, an emotional thriller steeped in humanity. I read it in a single sitting!"

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