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Award winning authors John Boyne and Linda Newbery discuss their books and the pleasures of writing both for children and adults

29th September 2014
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Venue: St Peter’s Church, North Street Oundle PE8 4 AL

JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eight novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a Miramax feature film and has sold more than five million copies worldwide. His novels are published in over forty-five languages.

His new book A History of Loneliness will be published by Doubleday on the 11th September.
It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of
Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind
dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet.

‘An urgently compelling story of power, corruption, lies and self-deceits, the damage that
happens when we turn our eyes from wrong. Anyone who wants to know what happened
in the Irish Catholic Church needs to read this brave, righteously angry and stunning book.
Some of us have long wondered what it would be like if a master storyteller turned his
powers to this theme. Now we know.’ Joseph O’Connor


LINDA NEWBERY is an award-winning author of fiction for children and teenagers. Her novel Set in Stone won the 2006 Costa Children’s Book Award.

Her first novel for adults, Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon is published by Doubleday on the 14th August.  At quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoon, Anna leaves her big sister, Rose, dozing on a sun lounger in the garden and goes out to the shops. She never sees her again.
Twenty years later, and the tragedy of Rose’s mysterious disappearance still haunts her family. Unsure what to do with her life, Anna feels she will never escape from the shadow cast by her beautiful, charismatic older sibling. Convinced that Rose is alive, Anna begins to search for her lost sister. What did happen to Rose on that summer’s day?


Photo credit: Liz Hingley