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 »
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« 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
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
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.
1919. Dans une Angleterre qui se remet à peine du traumatisme de la Première Guerre mondiale, Tristan Sadler, 21 ans, fait le trajet de Londres à Norwich pour remettre des lettres à Marian Bancroft - celles que la jeune femme avait envoyées à son frère Will alors qu'il était sur le front.Tristan et Will étaient proches. Au fil des batailles et des drames qu'ils ont connus dans les tranchées, les deux hommes ont beaucoup partagé. Mais Will, pour s'être rebellé contre l'autorité, a été passé par les armes.Pour tous, il fait désormais figure de lâche. Tristan, revenu vivant, passe au contraire pour un héros. Mais il a un lourd secret, un remords qui le ronge.Osera-t-il en parler à Marian ? Ou devra-t-il seul porter ce fardeau jusqu'à la fin de ses jours ?
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 marriage...
William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West.Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry.When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, "The Congress of Rough Riders of the World" for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.
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: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together.But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.The letters, however, are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life - forever.
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.
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 thought-provoking fable from the author of the bestselling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
There's nothing unusual or different about the Brocket family - and they're keen to keep it that way. But when 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. Soon, the Brockets decide enough is enough. The neighbours are starting to talk. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . .Betrayed and frightened, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon - and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.
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...
At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But when his mother returns home one afternoon, flanked by two policemen, he knows that something terrible has happened.Mrs Delaney has accidentally 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.Consumed by guilt, Danny's mother closes herself off, while Danny and his father are left to pick up the pieces of their fractured family.Told in John Boyne's unique style from the point of view of a twelve-year-old boy, The Dare is a brilliantly compelling story about how one moment can change a family forever.
Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthew Zela's life is characterised by one amazing fact: his body stopped ageing before the end of the eighteenth century. Starting in 1758, a young Matthieu flees Paris after witnessing his mother's brutal murder. His only companions are his younger brother Tomas and one true love, Dominique Sauvet. The story of his life takes us from the French Revolution to 1920s Hollywood, from the Great Exhibition to the Wall Street Crash, and by the end of the twentieth century, Matthieu has been an engineer, a rogue, a movie mogul, a soldier, a financier, a lover to many, a cable TV executive and much more besides.Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery - and redemption.
1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin's walls...
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.
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.
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.
'By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad, this is a novelist at the top of his game.' Mail on SundayForced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he's never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known.And so begins one man's desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it?