Reviews

  • "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."

    The Bookseller
  • "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
  • "A wonderful, sad, tender book. There are some amazing things about this novel - one is the simplicity and purity of the narrative line; another is the sort of complexity within the characters and the emotions and the motives; another is the sense of the period, with all its restrictions. The book is going to have an enormous impact on everyone who reads it."

    Colm Toibin
  • "A fiercely interrogative novel that asks not just what it means to be a man but also what it means to be a human being in the extreme circumstances of war."

    Irish Times