September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together.
But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.
The letters, however, are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life - forever.
"Extraordinary... The narrative is by turns surprising and tragic in equal measure while its troubling conclusion will stay with readers long after they've closed the book" Carlo Gebler
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably
The Absolutist and
A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently,
The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller, and
A Ladder to the Sky was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with
Listowel Writers’ Week.
His novels are published in over fifty languages.
"Extraordinary... The narrative is by turns surprising and tragic in equal measure while its troubling conclusion will stay with readers long after they've closed the book" -- Carlo Gebler "Powerful, poignant and beautifully written. This will become a classic war novel" Bookseller "Compulsive, stylish and gripping" Reader's Digest "A wonderful, sad, tender book" -- Colm Toibin "John Boyne brings a completely fresh eye to the most important stories. He guides us through the realm of history and makes the journey substantial, poignant and real. He is one of the great craftsmen in contemporary literature" -- Colum McCann