The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

By John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas cover



Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. 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.

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"Michael Maloney does more than read Bruno: he is Bruno, and effect is devastating." Irish Times "Superbly read by John Maloney and is, quite simply, brilliant. [...] It is beautifully naive but with infinite depths [...] if you want to share something truly special with your child, this is it." Daily Express "Chilling, and memorably read by Michael Maloney" Choice magazine "Stays ahead of its readers before delivering its killer-punch final pages" Independent "Simply written and highly memorable.There are no monstrosities on the page but the true horror is all the more potent for being implicit" Ireland on Sunday

Author Biography

John Boyne was born in 1971, lives in Dublin and is a full-time writer. He was writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia on the MA in Creative Writing course and spent many years working as a bookseller.