He was educated at Terenure College, before heading to Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels, as well as a number of short stories which have been published in various anthologies and broadcast on radio and television. His novels are published in 47 languages. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which to date has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a film adaptation was released in September 2008. John resides in Dublin. He is represented by the literary agent Simon Trewin at the William Morris Agency in London, United Kingdom. His seventh novel for adults, The Absolutist, was published in the UK in May 2011, and was serialised on BBC Radio 4. His third children’s book, The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, was published in the UK in August 2012. It is currently scheduled to be published in 23 languages.
The Absolutist by John Boyne
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press (July 10, 2012)
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“A novel of immeasurable sadness, in a league with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. John Boyne is very, very good at portraying the destructive power of a painfully kept secret.” —John Irving
A masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I.
It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.
But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will--from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.
The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page.
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