John Boyne - Author
Thursday, 17 September 2009
John has a new book out: THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE (2009)
Born in Dublin in 1971, John studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.
His early writing consisted mostly of short stories and his first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. Since then, he has gone on to publish over 70 short stories, his novels have been published in over 40 languages and he is currently working on my eighth novel.
Novels to Date:
THE THIEF OF TIME (2000)
THE CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS (2001)
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS (2006)
NEXT OF KIN (2006)
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (2008)
THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE (2009)
Film: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
In 2006 novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more than 80 weeks at No.1 in Ireland, topped the New York Times Bestseller List, and was the bestselling book in Spain in both 2007 and 2008. Worldwide, it has sold more than 5 million copies and was the 6th highest selling novel of 2008.
The House of Special Purpose:
Synopsis of his latest and 7th Novel: First Published May 2009 - The House of Special Purpose:
Eighty year old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past - a past of death, suffering and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with his beloved wife Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him.
As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to St Petersburg in the early 20th century, to the Winter Palace of the Tsar. A time of change, threat and bloody revolution.
And as Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.
. 1993: Shortlist - Hennessy Literary Award
. 1995: Winner - The Curtis Brown Award
. 2000: Longlist - The Irish Times Literature Award
. 2004: Shortlist - Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award
. 2006: Shortlist - British Book Award, the Border's New Voices Award, the Ottakar's Children's Book Prize, the Paolo Ungari Literary Award (Italy)
. 2007: Longlist - The Carnegie Medal
. 2007: Shortlist - Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Leeds Book Award, the North-East Book Award, the Berkshire Book Award, the Sheffield Book Award, the Lancashire Book Award, Prix Farniente (Belgium), Flemish Young Readers Award, Independent Booksellers Book of the Year
. 2007: Winner - Irish Book Awards: People's Choice Book of the Year, Irish Book Award Children's Book of the Year; Bisto Children's Book of the Year
. 2008: Nominated - the International IMPAC Literary Award
. 2008: Shortlist - Deutschen Jugend Literatur Preis (Germany)
. 2008: Winner - The Qué Leer Award for Best International Novel of the Year (in translation) (Spain)
. 2009: Winner - Orange Prize Readers Group Book of the Year