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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

His novels are published in over 50 languages.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which to date has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a film adaptation was released in September 2008. Boyne resides in Dublin. He is represented by the literary agent Simon Trewin at WME in London, United Kingdom.

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John Boyne James Joyce said that if you know the rules of grammar, you can change them. I feel the same way about history. If you know as much as possible about…moreJames Joyce said that if you know the rules of grammar, you can change them. I feel the same way about history. If you know as much as possible about the time and place you're writing about then you can make conscious decisions about what you can and cannot change. In The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, for example, I moved the commandant's house outside the fence when, in real life, those houses would have been in the camps themselves. Authenticity is important but a novelist's first duty is to the story and the characters. We're not writing non-fiction, after all.(less)
John Boyne I’ve always had a fascination with the French Revolution, ever since I first read A Tale of Two Cities at the age of thirteen. There’s something about…moreI’ve always had a fascination with the French Revolution, ever since I first read A Tale of Two Cities at the age of thirteen. There’s something about the notion of an entire nation rising up against their aristocratic overlords that’s thrilling and the bloodthirsty aspect of my personality finds the image of the Guillotine set up in the centre of the Place de la Concorde to be rather exciting. It’s hard to know which side I’d be on though. I think I’d quite like to be a Scarlet Pimpernel figure, having adventures and saving innocent aristos from the falling blade.(less)
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