John Boyne on Writing the Ideal Historical Fiction

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John Boyne on Writing the Ideal Historical Fiction

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Detail of a photo of John Boyne, by Mark Condren.


books_badge_medium.gif Novelist John Boyne reportedly wrote the first draft of his novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in just over two days. The book went on to sell over five million copies and was adapted into a popular film—not bad for a couple of days work.
The Irish author is in town to talk up and read from his latest novel, The House of Special Purpose, which, like most of Boyne’s work, required months of painstaking research before the first-draft stage even began. Boyne is reading Wednesday night at the weekly Authors at Harbourfront Centre series (235 Queens Quay West), where he will also be interviewed on-stage by the Globe’s Bert Archer (7:30 p.m., $8, free to members and students with valid ID). Boyne spoke with Books@Torontoist editor James Grainger.
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