Doubleday signs Boyne’s novel quartet, billed as his ‘most powerful work to date’

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Doubleday signs Boyne’s novel quartet, billed as his ‘most powerful work to date’

Written on the July 12th,2023

From The Bookseller:

Doubleday will publish Water, the first of a quartet of interlinked novels named after the elements by John Boyne in November, dubbed his “most ambitious work and powerful to date”.

Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from literary agent Simon Trewin of Simon Trewin Creative. Water will be published on 2nd November 2023, Earthin May 2024, Fire in November 2024 and finally Air is due in May 2025.

The blurb reads: “These are four individual stories with four very different narrators, all of whom have either been involved in, complicit with, or found themselves the victims of trauma, and whose experiences have been affected by the elements that give each book its title. And while each can be read as a standalone book, their characters intersect and overlap, their experiences informing the lives of each other.

“Taken together, this four-book sequence is Boyne’s most ambitious and powerful work to date.”

Doubleday said: “For almost a quarter century John Boyne’s novels have been treasured by adults and young readers alike.”

Boyne is the author of 14 novels for adults, six for younger readers, and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Penguin Random House Children’s) was a global bestseller and was adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. The sequel, All The Broken Places, was published by Transworld in September 2022. He has won four Irish Book Awards, including Author of the Year in 2022, along with numerous international literary prizes. His novels are published in 59 languages.