Biography

 

John Boyne

Biography

I 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 I was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. I now offer a scholarship to Irish students undertaking the MA programme at UEA, more information about this can be found here.

I’ve published 11 novels for adults and 6 for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera, selling around 10 million copies worldwide. I’m also the author of the short story collection Beneath The Earth.

I’m a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and have been a judge for the Hennessy Literary Awards. the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Green Carnation Prize, as well as chairing the jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Canada.

I am currently a judge for the 2019 Costa Book Awards Costa Novel Award.

In 2012, I was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for my body of work. I’ve also won 3 Irish Book Awards, and many international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. In 2015, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.

My novels are published in over 50 languages.

My latest novels are A LADDER TO THE SKY and, for younger readers, MY BROTHER’S NAME IS JESSICA.

My next novel, A TRAVELLER AT THE GATES OF WISDOM, will be published in July 2020.

Twitter: @John_boyne   Instagram: @johnboyne

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

Novels:

  • 2000: The Thief of Time
  • 2001: The Congress of Rough Riders
  • 2004: Crippen
  • 2006: Next of Kin
  • 2008: Mutiny on the Bounty
  • 2009: The House of Special Purpose
  • 2011: The Absolutist
  • 2013: This House is Haunted
  • 2014: A History of Loneliness
  • 2017: The Heart’s Invisible Furies
  • 2018: A Ladder to the Sky
  • 2020: A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom

Novels for Younger Readers:

  • 2006: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • 2010: Noah Barleywater Runs Away
  • 2012: The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket
  • 2013: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
  • 2015: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
  • 2019: My Brother’s Name is Jessica

Short Story Collections:

  • 2015: Beneath the Earth