John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971, and 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 now offers a scholarship to Irish students undertaking the MA programme at UEA.
He has published nine novels for adults and five for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was made into a Miramax feature film. It has sold more than six million copies worldwide. He is also the author of the short story collection Beneath The Earth. He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times and has been a judge for both the Hennessy Literary Awards and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, as well as chairing the jury for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2012, he was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for his body of work. He has also won three Irish Book Awards, for Children’s Book of the Year, People’s Choice Book of the Year and Short Story of the Year. He has won a number of 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. His novels are published in 51 languages.
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The story of Ireland over the last seventy years, seen through the eyes of one ordinary man. Hilarious, touching and deeply sad, The Heart’s Invisible Furies marks a new direction for one of Ireland’s nest contemporary writers.
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 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 glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
‘For many years, people asked me why I never wrote about my native Ireland’, John Boyne says, ‘but over the last few years I’ve found myself more intrigued with the history and social mores of my own country.
‘Anyone familiar with my past work will find that The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a total change of direction. For one thing, it’s funny. It tells the story of one man, Cyril Avery, coming to terms with his sexuality in a country which, until recently, did not embrace difference. He blunders from mistake to mistake until he finally figures out how to live and love without concern for the opinion of others.’