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A psychological drama of cat and mouse that shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.

Would-be writer Maurice Swift doesn’t care where he finds his stories – or to whom they belong – as long as they help him rise to the top.

Authors Biography

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He has written eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. John’s novels have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart’s Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller.


‘A dark morality tale in the mould of Patricia Highsmith . . . consistently intriguing’ Daily Mail

‘Tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking – I loved it.’ Vogue

‘It’s been a long time since I read anything so compelling and satisfying. At times incredibly funny, at others, heartrending.’ Sarah Winman

‘By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad . . . This is a novelist at the top of his game.’ Mail on Sunday

‘I ran through the whole range of human emotions while reading this brilliant novel. It’s a masterpiece.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘Screamingly funny one minute and heartbreaking the next.’ Daily Express

‘A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft . . . compelling and terrifying, powerful and intensely unsettling.’ – Hannah Beckerman, Observer

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  1. John Boyne has this exceptional ability to place words on a page with such soul and meaning, that immediately you’re immersed in a delicately unwinding story.

  2. Thought provoking and most entertaining.

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