Friday, 30 April 2010

On this day...

Irish novelist, John Boyne, was born in 1971. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Boyne has joined an impressive list of literary alumni, including names such as Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. Yet despite his more recent success, his career did not get off to the quickest start. Indeed, to pay his way, Boyne was forced to work at Waterstone's, only finding time to type up his drafts at night.

Beginning with his first short story 'The Entertainment Jar', which was shortlisted for the Hennessey Literary Award, Boyne has since enjoyed extensive recognition. The Irish Book Awards, The Qué Leer Award for Best International Novel of the Year,  and The Orange Prize Readers Group Book of the Year, all appear on Boyne's résumé, yet perhaps more impressive is the 42 languages in which his books have been published. Selling over 5 million copies worldwide, and made into an award-winning film, Boyne's most famous work is the Holocaust narrative, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'.

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