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John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

He has published 13 novels for adults, 6 novels for younger readers, and a short story collection.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera, selling more than 11 million copies worldwide.

Among his many international bestsellers are The Heart’s Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky and My Brother’s Name is Jessica.

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

His 14th adult novel, ALL THE BROKEN PLACES, a sequel to THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, will be published on 15th September 2022 in the UK and globally after that.

Published in 58 languages, John Boyne is not only the most translated Irish novelist of all time but, with THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, the author of the biggest selling novel by an Irish writer since records began.



  • 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 (forthcoming, Sept 2022)

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

Short Books:

  • 2008: The Second Child
  • 2009: The Dare