John Boyne

Author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

John Boyne

John Boyne (born April 30, 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist. He studied creative writing at Trinity College, Dublin, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from UEA in 2015. John Boyne is the author of ten adult novels and five young readers, as well as a collection of short stories. He publishes his novels in more than 50 languages. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which has sold more than 7 million ... copies worldwide to date, is a #1 bestseller of the New York Times and in September 2008 a film adaptation was released. Boyne is living in Dublin. He is represented at WME in London, United Kingdom by literary agent Simon Trewin. His latest publication is The Hearts Invisible Furies, published in the UK in February 2017. It will be released in August in the United States.READ MORE

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Bruno: Why do you wear pajamas all day?
Shmuel: The soldiers. They took all our clothes away.
Bruno: My dad's a soldier, but not the sort that takes people's clothes away.

Bruno: We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that?

The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you've found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone. Like a dead mouse at the back of the cupboard.

Very slowly he turned his head back to look at Shmuel, who wasn't crying anymore, merely staring at the floor and looking as if he was trying to convince his soul not to live inside his tiny body anymore, but to slip away and sail to the door and rise up into the sky, gliding through the clouds until it was very far away.'' -The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Bruno opened his eyes in wonder at the things he saw. In his imagination he had tough that all the huts were full of happy families, some of whom sat outside on rocking chairs in the evening and told stories about how things were so much better when they were children and they'd had nowadays. He thought that all the boys and girls who lived there would be in different groups, playing tennis or football, skipping and drawing out squares for hopscotch on the ground.
As it turned out, all the things he thought might be there-wern't.'' -The boy in the striped Pajamas

The dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy

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