All The Broken Places

When is a monster’s child culpable? Guilt and complicity are multifaceted. John Boyne is a maestro of historical fiction. You can’t prepare yourself for the magnitude and emotional impact of this powerful novel.”

– John Irving

“Exceptional, layered and compelling…This book moves like a freight train, with force and consequence for the reader.”

– Amy Bloom

A stark confrontation of evil, an examination of guilt and deflection. Boyne treads the finest of narrative lines with skill and grace and proves himself yet again to be among the world’s greatest storytellers.

– Donal Ryan

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All The Broken Places

1946. Three years after a cataclysmic event which tore their lives apart, a mother and daughter flee Poland for Paris, shame, and fear at their heels, not knowing how hard it is to escape your past.


Nearly eighty years later, Gretel Fernsby lives a life that is a far cry from her traumatic childhood. When a couple moves into the flat below her in her London mansion block, it should be nothing more than a momentary inconvenience. However, the appearance of their nine-year-old son Henry brings back memories she would rather forget.


Faced with a choice between her own safety and his, Gretel is taken back to a similar crossroads she encountered long ago. Back then, her complicity dishonoured her life, but to interfere now could risk revealing the secrets she has spent a lifetime protecting.


All the Broken Places is John Boyne’s masterful sequel to his classic bestseller, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, taking a character from that novel on a journey to a place she never goes – the past. Through her story, he explores the aftermath of the war and the effects of a lifetime of guilt.



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