Propulsé dans la prêtrise par une tragédie familiale, Odran Yates est empli d'espoir et d'ambition. Lorsqu'il arrive au séminaire de Clonliffe dans les années 1970, les prêtres sont très respectés en Irlande, et Odran pense qu'il va consacrer sa vie au « bien ».
Quarante ans plus tard, la dévotion d'Odran est rattrapée par des révélations qui ébranlent la foi du peuple irlandais. Il voit ses amis jugés, ses collègues emprisonnés, la vie de jeunes paroissiens détruite, et angoisse à l'idée de s'aventurer dehors par crainte des regards désapprobateurs et des insultes.
Mais quand un drame rouvre les blessures de son passé, il est forcé d'affronter les démons qui ravagent l'Église, et d'interroger sa propre complicité.
Roman aussi intime qu'universel, Il n'est pire aveugle évoque les histoires que nous nous racontons pour être en paix avec nous-mêmes. Il confirme que Boyne est l'un des plus grands portraitistes de sa génération.
Traduit de l'anglais (Irlande) par Sophie Aslanides
Dans un hôtel berlinois, Maurice Swift rencontre par hasard le célèbre romancier Erich Ackerman qui lui confie son lourd passé, et lui permet de devenir l'auteur qu'il a toujours rêvé d'être.
Quelques années plus tard, Maurice Swift s'est enfin fait un nom ; il a désormais besoin de nouvelles sources d'inspiration. Peu importe où il trouve ses histoires, à qui elles appartiennent, tant qu'elles contribuent à son ascension vers les sommets.
Des histoires qui le rendront célèbre, mais qui le conduiront aussi à mentir, emprunter, voler. Ou pire encore, qui sait ?
Roman troublant des ambitions démesurées, L'Audacieux Monsieur Swift raconte combien il est facile d'avoir le monde à ses pieds si l'on est prêt à sacrifier son âme.
Traduit de l'anglais (Irlande) par Sophie Aslanides
« Une plume vive qui excelle aussi bien à installer le malaise qu'à la dissiper par un éclat de rire. »
« Cette aptitude à embarquer le lecteur, essoufflé mais captivé, jusqu'au point final. »
« Le lecteur se sera surpris à dévorer ce roman avec une effrayante voracité »
Le Monde des livres
« Thriller littéraire de haute volée, mené avec une dextérité étourdissante »
« Au fil des pages, on croise les fantômes de E.M. Forster, Patricia Highsmith, mais aussi Lauren Groff ou Balzac. » ELLE
« Le virtuose irlandais John Boyne nous offre un roman aussi vénéneux que magnétique. » Le Journal du Dimanche
Cyril Avery n'est pas un vrai Avery et il ne le sera jamais - ou du moins, c'est ce que lui répètent ses parents adoptifs. Mais s'il n'est pas un vrai Avery, qui est-il ?
Né d'une fille-mère bannie de la communauté rurale irlandaise où elle a grandi, devenu fils adoptif d'un couple dublinois aisé et excentrique par l'entremise d'une nonne rédemptoriste bossue, Cyril dérive dans la vie, avec pour seul et précaire ancrage son indéfectible amitié pour le jeune Julian Woodbead, un garçon infiniment plus fascinant et dangereux.
Balloté par le destin et les coïncidences, Cyril passera toute sa vie à chercher qui il est et d'où il vient - et pendant près de trois quarts de siècle, il va se débattre dans la quête de son identité, de sa famille, de son pays et bien plus encore.
Dans cette oeuvre sublime, John Boyne fait revivre l'histoire de l'Irlande des années 1940 à nos jours à travers les yeux de son héros. Les Fureurs invisibles du coeur est un roman qui nous fait rire et pleurer, et nous rappelle le pouvoir de rédemption de l'âme humaine.
Traduit de l'anglais par Sophie Aslanides
À l'aube de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Pierrot vit à Paris avec ses parents, ignorant tout des nazis. Devenu orphelin, il est envoyé chez sa tante, en Allemagne, dans une maison au sommet d'une montagne.
Ce n'est pas une maison ordinaire. Le Berghof est la résidence d'Adolf Hitler. Pierrot va découvrir là un autre monde, fascinant et monstrueux.
Dix ans après Le garçon en pyjama rayé, qui a bouleversé des millions de lecteurs dans le monde, John Boyne nous raconte le destin troublant d'un autre garçon face à l'horreur nazie.
28 juillet 1914. Le jour où la guerre éclate, le père d'Alfie promet qu'il ne s'engagera pas. Et rompt sa promesse le lendemain. Quatre ans plus tard, Alfie ignore où il se trouve. Est-il en mission secrète comme le prétend sa mère ? Alfie veut retrouver son père. La Première Guerre mondiale vue à travers le regard d'un enfant. Une aventure poignante, par l'auteur du Garçon en pyjama rayé.
Tout est normal chez la famille Chevreau. Ennuyeux, respectables et fiers de l'être, Alistair et Éléonore Chevreau ont horreur de tout ce qui est différent. Or quand leur troisième enfant Barnabé vient au monde, il faut se rendre à l'évidence : leur fils est tout sauf normal. À la grande honte de ses parents, Barnabé défie les lois de la gravité : il vole ! C'en est trop pour Éléonore et Alistair, qui prennent un jour une terrible décision...
1936: 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 descendent of a wealthy land-owning 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 Â£50,000 by Christmas - or find yourself six feet under.
So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favour of his beautiful cousin Stella, it is time to prove just how cunning he can be... And Owen is nothing if not inventive - even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit. And for murder...
Russia, 1915: Sixteen year old farmer's son Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Rewarded with the position of bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II, the course of his life is changed for ever.
Privy to the secrets of Nicholas and Alexandra, the machinations of Rasputin and the events which will lead to the final collapse of the autocracy, Georgy is both a witness and participant in a drama that will echo down the century.
Sixty-five years later, visiting his wife Zoya as she lies in a London hospital, memories of the life they have lived together flood his mind. And with them, the consequences of the brutal fate of the Romanovs which has hung like a shroud over every aspect of their marriageÂ…
Pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile is on his way to be detained at His Majesty's Pleasure when he is offered a lifeline, what seems like a freedom of sorts - the job of personal valet to a departing naval captain. Little does he realise that it is anything but - and by accepting the devil's bargain he will put his life in perilous danger. For the ship is HMS Bounty, his new captain William Bligh and their destination Tahiti.
From the moment the ship leaves port, Turnstile's life is turned upside down, for not only must he put his own demons to rest, but he must also confront the many adversaries he will encounter on the Bounty's extraordinary last voyage. Walking a dangerous line between an unhappy crew and a captain he comes to admire, he finds himself in a no-man's land where the distinction between friend and foe is increasingly difficult to determine...
September 1919: twentyoneyearold Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War, but in 1917 Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.
But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.
As he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, he speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him both happiness and selfdiscovery as well as despair and pain.
The Absolutist is a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of two young soldiers, both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us . . .
Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
Noah is running away from his problems the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest or at least that's what he thinks. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he's not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever.
A thoughtprovoking fable from the author of the bestselling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
July 1910: The grisly remains of Cora Crippen, music hall singer and wife of Dr Hawley Crippen, are discovered in the cellar of 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. But the Doctor and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, have vanished, much to the frustration of Scotland Yard and the outrage of a horrified London.
Across the Channel in Antwerp, the SS Montrose sets sail on its two week voyage to Canada. Amongst its passengers are the overbearing Antonia Drake and her daughter Victoria, who is hell-bent on romance, the enigmatic Mathieu Zela and the modest Martha Hayes. Also on board are the unassuming Mr John Robinson and his seventeen-year-old son Edmund. But all is not as it seems...
There's nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary. To his parents' horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats.
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.
Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .
Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends.
Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks.
But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation.
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. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler. Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us, the impossibility of shared loss, the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and the distance we will run to protect ourselves. Drawing on a host of enthralling characters - a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents, bad parents, writers and soldiers; a student, a rent boy and a hitman - Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgement. This, his first collection of short stories, is some of John Boyne's finest writing to date. It includes 'Rest Day' which won the 2015 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
The powerful, unforgettable new novel from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, for ages 12+.
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.
Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.
From the author of the phenomenally bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes an unforgettable story of a boy's life changed by war, published to coincide with World War One's centenary.
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.
Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name -- on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by -- a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place...