Born in Dublin, John Boyne studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. He has published 11 novels for adults and 6 for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times No.1 Bestseller and was adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera, selling around 10 million copies worldwide. He is also the author of the short story collection Beneath The Earth.
John is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and has been a judge for the Hennessy Literary Awards, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Green Carnation Prize, as well as chairing the jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Canada. He is currently a judge for the 2019 Costa Book Awards Costa Novel Award.
In 2012, John was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for his body of work. He has also won three Irish Book Awards, and many international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.
John Boyne’s novels are published in over 50 languages. His most recent novels are A Ladder to the Sky and, for younger readers, My Brother's Name is Jessica. His next novel, The Shadow of My Shadow will be published in July 2020.