More books by John Boyne
Author's Facebook Latest
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
Suitable for AgesFeatured Books for 11+ readers
Children's Book 'Must Reads'
Recommended Children's eBooks
Publication date1st February 2007
Children's Author 'Like-for-Like' recommendations
Click to buy book vouchers
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This title is in stock RRP: £6.99 Saving £1.75 (25%)
Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange readers' Group Book of the year
Now a major film released in September 2008.
When Bruno’s father is promoted to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in Berlin to a strange new house in the middle of nowhere. Gone are the neighbours and the friends Bruno used to play with. The only people around are all in the strange fenced-in area which Bruno can just spy from his bedroom window. Who are they and why do they wear striped pyjamas? When Bruno sets off on an Exploration to find out he learns something very shocking which has unexpected and terrible results. Bruno’s childhood experience provides a new way of looking at the horrors of the Holocaust. (12+)
A word from the author: "I'm thrilled that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has been selected as the Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. From the day the novel was published, it has received extraordinary support from reading groups who debate the novel back and forth with all the passion and argument that good literature demands - I know, because I've been there for some of those debates! That the story of Bruno and Shmuel continues to move readers is a source of great encouragement to me as a writer. I'm very grateful to Penguin and Orange and all the readers who selected the novel for this prize."
Who is Julia Eccleshare ?
SynopsisThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no-one to play with.
ReviewsA small wonder of a book ... A particular historical moment, one that cannot be told too often
The Holocaust as a subject insists on respect, precludes criticism, prefers silence. One thing is clear: this book will not go gently into any good night Observer An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war ... Raw literary talent at its best Irish
A book that lingers in the mind for quite some time ... A subtle, calculatedly simple and ultimately moving story The Irish Times Simply written and highly memorable. There are no monstrosities on the page but the true horror is all the more potent for being implicit Ireland on Sunday
About The Author
John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.
He has written a number of short stories; his first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland.
His 2006 novel, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, was made into an award-winning Miramax film. The novel itself won 2 Irish Book Awards, the Bisto Book of the Year, and was shortlisted or won a host of international awards. Amongst other accolades, it spent more than 80 weeks at no.1 in Ireland, topped the New York Times Bestseller List, and was the bestselling book in Spain in both 2007 and 2008. Worldwide, it has sold more than 5 million copies.
His novels are published in 46 languages.
His most recent novel was a children’s book, The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket, which was published in the UK in August 2012.
A new novel for adults, This House is Haunted, will be published in July 2013.
More books by this author