Monday 23 October 2017

Boyne hopes for another runaway success

John Boyne

HIS last book about a boy in a concentration camp sold millions. Now John Boyne, author of the international bestseller 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', has written a new book for children.

It is called 'Noah Barleywater Runs Away', and it's a very different story than Boyne's bestseller about two boys on opposite sides of the barbed wire fence at a concentration camp.

The new book is an enchanting story about a boy who runs away from home and goes deep into a forest where he discovers a small puppet shop owned by an old man who has many tales to tell.

The book is due in September from the major British publisher of children's books, David Fickling.

Boyne said yesterday he was excited to be publishing his second children's book.

"It's a very different book to 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' -- more fairytale than fable -- with a mystery at the centre and a surprise at the end," he said.

"I don't think I've ever enjoyed the act of writing a book more than this one."

David Fickling said the story was "a wonderful adventure, part humorous, part moving, and a thoroughly traditional story from cover to cover, warm and inventive. At the heart of the story is an idea that looks at something familiar in an entirely original way."

The book will be illustrated by award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers from Northern Ireland.

Irish Independent

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