John Boyne is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed novelists of his generation. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has published 16 novels for adults, 6 novels for younger readers, and a short story collection.

His most famous book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, is a modern classic and, globally, the biggest selling novel by an Irish writer since records began. It was a New York Times No.1 Bestseller, and adapted for film, theatre, opera, and ballet, selling more than 11 million copies worldwide. It is used in schools on every continent to introduce young readers to their study of the Holocaust.

Among his many international bestsellers are The Heart’s Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky, All the Broken Places, and My Brother’s Name is Jessica, a novel about a transgender teenager, which has won international awards for its compassionate treatment of an often contentious subject.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, The Irish Times, and in dozens of international newspapers and magazines.

He has won 4 Irish Book Awards, the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award, and many international literary prizes, including the Qué Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany for his work on Holocaust Education. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.

His novels are published in 60 languages, making him the most globally translated Irish novelist of all time.

In late 2022, John was shortlisted for the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction for The Echo Chamber, and won Author of the Year for All the Broken Places at the Irish Book Awards.

In November 2023, John published the first of a four novella sequence, Water, which was followed by Earth.  Fire and Air will be published in November 2024 and May 2025 respectively. Together, the sequence will be titled The Elements.

2024 will also see the publication of John’s first picture book, The Dog Who Danced on the Moon (Jul ’24), illustrated by Ashling Lindsay.



  • 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
  • 2021: The Echo Chamber
  • 2022: All the Broken Places
  • 2023: Water
  • 2024: Earth
  • 2024: Fire (forthcoming, Nov ’24)
  • 2025: Air (forthcoming, May ’25)

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

Picture Books:

  • 2024: The Dog Who Danced on the Moon (forthcoming, Jul ’24)

Short Story Collections:

  • 2015: Beneath the Earth

Short Books:

  • 2008: The Second Child
  • 2009: The Dare