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Boyne, John 1971-

Works: 85 works in 931 publications in 30 languages and 27,501 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Drama  Film adaptations  Young adult works  Ghost stories  Naval history  War stories  Detective and mystery stories 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6102.O96, 823.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Boyne
The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable by John Boyne( Book )

238 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 24 languages and held by 6,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence
The absolutist by John Boyne( Book )

48 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tristan Sadler, a gay soldier, recalls his time spent fighting in World War I and the intensity of his friendship with Will Bancroft, a soldier who became a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor
The house of special purpose by John Boyne( Book )

67 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, The House of Special Purpose illuminates an empire at the end of its reign. Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past--a past of death, suffering, and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with his beloved wife, Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him. As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early twentieth century--a time of change, threat, and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose
Noah Barleywater runs away : a fairytale by John Boyne( Book )

60 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When life at home becomes too difficult, eight-year-old Noah sets out to see the world and have an adventure, and in the forest he meets a toymaker who has a story and some advice to share
Stay where you are & then leave by John Boyne( Book )

36 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four years after Alfie Summerfield's father left London to become a soldier in World War I he has not returned but Alfie, now nine, is shining shoes at King's Cross Station when he happens to learn that his father is at a nearby hospital being treated for shell shock
This house is haunted by John Boyne( Book )

30 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1866, London. As Charles Dickens takes to a London stage on a foggy Autumn night to read from his ghost stories, Eliza Caine and her father settle into their seats. A huge admirer of the novelist, Mr Caine has insisted on attending, despite his worsening cold. Returning home, a fever hits him and within 24 hours he is dead, leaving Eliza alone in the world. A teacher by trade, Eliza notices an advertisement for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk. Deciding that she needs to start over, she applies for and is offered the job. Arriving at Thorpe station she is almost pushed beneath a train but is saved by two villagers who, although initially friendly, become quiet and uneasy when she mentions the position she has accepted. Arriving at Gaudlin, Eliza meets the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. To her surprise, they appear to live there alone. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her employer. The children, however, seem to expect her and show her to her room. From the night she arrives a series of disturbing incidents take place, each one of which threatens her life, and slowly Eliza begins to believe that this house is haunted. A solicitor in the village reveals some of the secrets of Gaudlin to her, others she must discover for herself. The action takes us from a London classroom to a Norfolk grand estate, and from a small Spanish town to a graveyeard in Great Yarmouth. Eliza refuses to be frightened away from her position; if she is to survive Gaudlin and save the children, then she must take on the ghost herself
The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne( Book )

31 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born with an ability to float in the air, Barnaby Brocket is entreated by his parents to hide his unusual trait until a fateful day when he finds himself on a journey that takes him all over the world and into outer space
The boy in the striped pajamas [a fable] by John Boyne( Recording )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence
A history of loneliness by John Boyne( Book )

22 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good." Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store looking for the boy's mother. But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church, and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family. A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation"--
Crippen : a novel of murder by John Boyne( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chief Inspector Walter Dew of Scotland Yard did not expect the house to be empty. Nor did he expect to find a body in the cellar. Buried under the flagstones are the remains of Cora Crippen, former music-hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen. No one would have thought the quiet, unassuming Dr. Crippen capable of murder, yet the doctor and his mistress have disappeared from London, and now a full-scale hunt for them has begun." -- Jacket
The thief of time by John Boyne( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Matthieu Zela, a 250 year-old man who still looks like he's in his late 40s, leads an undying life--born in Paris in 1743, orphaned as a teenager, tragically fallen in and out of love, and destined to meet up with such notables as Pope Pius IX, Robespierre, Charlie Chaplin, Herbert Hoover, and the Rosenbergs--all while watching over each successive generation of his half-brother's descendents--all male, all with some variant of the name Thomas, and all sadly dying at a young age (but not before begetting an heir)
Mutiny on the bounty by John Boyne( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen-year-old John Jacob Turnstile has been in trouble with the police once too often, and is on his way to prison when he gets an offer to go to sea as a cabin boy. The ship is the HMS Bounty, the captain is William Bligh, and their destination is Tahiti
Next of kin by John Boyne( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and German and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1936, and London is abuzz with gossip about the affair between Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson. But the king is not the only member of the aristocracy with a hard decision to make. Owen Montignac, the handsome and charismatic scion of a wealthy family, is anxiously awaiting the reading of his late uncle's will, for Owen has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy has given him a choice: Find 50,000 pounds by Christmas or find yourself six feet under. So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favor of his cousin Stella, he finds that even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit, and for murder
The absolutist by John Boyne( Recording )

22 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I
The Great War : stories inspired by items from the First World War( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writers of this collection of short stories were inspired to write about the First World War by physical objects associated with the war
Noah Barleywater runs away by John Boyne( Recording )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When life at home becomes too difficult, eight-year-old Noah sets out to see the world and have an adventure, and in the forest he meets a toymaker who has a story and some advice to share
The dare by John Boyne( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But he knows that something terrible has happened when his mother returns home one afternoon with two policemen. There has been an accident. Mrs Delaney has hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma at the local hospital and nobody knows if he will ever wake up. Danny's mother closes herself off, full of guilt. Danny and his father are left to pick up the pieces of their broken family. John Boyne tells the story from the point of view of a twelve-year-old boy. The Dare is about how one moment can change a family forever." - back cover
Mutiny : a novel of the Bounty by John Boyne( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offered a position as a captain's assistant in exchange for a stint in prison, fourteen-year-old pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile finds himself aboard the H.M.S. Bounty, where harrowing difficulties render him an unwitting participant in its historic mutiny
The Congress of Rough Riders by John Boyne( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stay where you are & then leave by John Boyne( Recording )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight; but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. While shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by; a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father
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Boĭn, Dzhon 1971-

Boins, Džons 1971-

Bojn, Džon 1971-

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The absolutistThe house of special purposeNoah Barleywater runs away : a fairytaleThe boy in the striped pajamas [a fable]Crippen : a novel of murderThe thief of timeMutiny on the bountyNext of kin