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A History of Loneliness

(2014)
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The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history.

Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good."

Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and he grows wary of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store while looking for the boy's mother.

But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family.

A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms John Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness: A Novel
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-374-17133-5 / 978-0-374-17133-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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September 2014 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-85752-094-6 / 978-0-85752-094-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness: A Novel
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 1-250-09464-X / 978-1-250-09464-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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1815 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-552-77843-5 / 978-0-552-77843-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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February 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-385-68330-8 / 978-0-385-68330-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 0-85752-095-4 / 978-0-85752-095-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 1-5012-2032-2 / 978-1-5012-2032-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 1-5012-2030-6 / 978-1-5012-2030-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 1-5012-2031-4 / 978-1-5012-2031-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
ISBN: 1-5012-2033-0 / 978-1-5012-2033-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   

February 2015 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness: A Novel
Author(s): John Boyne
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   

September 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A History of Loneliness
Author(s): John Boyne
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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