Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.
Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
He’s oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.
All he knows is that he has moved from Berlin to a desolate area where he has no one to play with.
Until he meets Shmuel.
Shmuel lives in a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence, where everyone wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Despite the wire fence separating them, the two boys become best friends.
As they grow closer, Bruno starts to learn the terrible truth that lies beyond the fence, and what life is like for his friend.
John Boyne’s classic novel explores the friendship and loss of innocence of Bruno and Shmuel, during one of the worst points in history.
An account of a dreadful episode, short on actual horror but packed with overtones that remain in the imagination. Plainly and sometimes archly written, it stays just ahead of its readers before delivering its killer punch in the final pages
A small wonder of a book. Bruno's education is conducted slowly, through a series of fleeting social encounters rather than by plunging him into a nightmare landscape
An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war seen through the eyes of two young boys, it's stirring stuff. Raw literary talent at its best. More please!
Quite impossible to put down, this is the rare kind of book that doesn't leave your head for days. Word of mouth should be strong and this has the potential to cross over to an adult audience. A unique and captivating novel, which I believe deserves huge success
Overwhelmingly powerful . . . This is a story so exceptional and vivid that it cannot be erased from the mind
From John Boyne to Jan Carson, here are four books the Penguin Ireland team can’t wait to start reading this Spring.
John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky tells a timely tale of the lies, ambition and manipulation of a ruthless writer with great talent but no imagination. Maurice Swift, a would-be author who befriends an older novelist to further his career is the main character. Here, John Boyne introduces an extract by explaining his motivation.