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John Boyne

John Boyne
Boyne in Dublin, 2010
Born John Boyne
(1971-04-30) 30 April 1971
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
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