John Boyne

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John Boyne
John Boyne in Dublin.JPG
Boyne in Dublin, 2010
Born John Boyne
(1971-04-30) 30 April 1971 (age 44)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin (B.A.) University of East Anglia (M.A., D.Litt (Hon))
Period 2000–present
Notable works

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Absolutist

John Boyne (born 30 April 1971) is an Irish novelist.[1] He is the author of nine novels for adults and four novels for younger readers. His novels are published in 48 languages.

Boyne was born in Dublin, where he still lives. His first short story was published by the Sunday Tribune and in 1993 was shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award.[2][3] In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.

Boyne will chair the jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.[4]


  • 2000: The Thief of Time (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
  • 2001: The Congress of Rough Riders (Weidenfeld)
  • 2004: Crippen (London: Penguin)
  • 2006: Next of Kin (London: Michael Joseph)
  • 2008: Mutiny: a Novel of the Bounty (London: Doubleday)
  • 2009: The House of Special Purpose (Doubleday)
  • 2011: The Absolutist (Doubleday)
  • 2013: This House Is Haunted (Doubleday)
  • 2014: A History of Loneliness[5] (Doubleday)
Novels for younger readers
  • 2006: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (London: David Fickling Books); shortlisted for Ottakar’s Children’s Book Prize
  • 2010: Noah Barleywater Runs Away (David Fickling)
  • 2012: The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket (Doubleday Children's)
  • 2013: Stay Where You Are And Then Leave (Doubleday Children's)
Short Story Collections
  • 2015: Beneath The Earth (Doubleday)


A Heyday/Miramax film adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was shot in Budapest in mid-2007 and released in late 2008. Directed by Mark Herman, the film stars Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend and Sheila Hancock.


  • 1995: Curtis Brown Award[clarification needed]
  • 2007: The Boy in Striped Pajamas Irish Book Awards (2 categories, Listener's Choice and Children's Book—senior); Bisto Children's Book of the Year
  • 2008: Qué Leer Award Best International Novel of the Year (Spanish-language translation)
  • 2009: Orange Prize Readers Group Book of the Year
  • 2009: Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin
  • 2012: Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame
  • 2014: Irish Book Awards: Short Story of the Year
  • 2015: United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY): Outstanding International Books List
  • 2015: Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize (Germany)
Runners-up, etc


  1. ^ O Conghaile, Pól (23 October 2010). "Wild Child of a Different Stripe". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Philip Casey, "Boyne, John", Irish Writers Online.
  3. ^ "10 Interesting John Boyne Facts", My Interesting facts, 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ "The Giller Prize expands its jury to five people ", The Globe and Mail, 14 Jan 2015.
  5. ^ "A History of Loneliness by John Boyne cover art and synopsis". 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.  About: " is a literary magazine".

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