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  • Published: 14 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787620827
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 53 min

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

From the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy's search for his missing father during the First World War.

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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 . . .

©John Boyne 2013 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

  • Published: 14 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787620827
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 53 min

About the author

John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller, and A Ladder to the Sky was shortlisted for theKerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Awardin association with Listowel Writers’ Week.

His novels are published in over fifty languages.

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Praise for Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

Pat Barker meets Michelle Magorian . . . Comic as well as poignantly enlightening

Independent on Sunday

John Boyne’s children’s novels tackle difficult subjects . . . and this latest book looks at the horrors of trench warfare in World War 1. With the anniversary of that war next year, this is a timely examination of moral, physical and mental bravery and pain

Daily Mail

Beautifully paced and affecting

The Bookseller

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is beautifully written, as are all John Boyne's books for children. Although it's a book aimed primarily at younger readers, it's equally as satisfying for adults, and should be widely read by everyone

Wondrous Reads

A beautifully paced and affecting tale

Independent on Sunday

John Boyne is clearly unafraid to tackle the big subjects in his fiction for children . . . A good, solid, engaging read

Tony Bradman, Guardian

Wonderful . . . One of the best books of the year. An instant classic

Eoin Colfer

Leaves the reader with a greater sense of how war changes people and their communities, and reminds us that sometimes, the ordinary acts of courage that get a child and his family through each day are as valuable, rare and life-changing as any along the front. Alfie inspires us to be more courageous than we’re used to and to do right by others even when the world is tense around us

Oprah Magazine

A beautifully paced and touching tale

Mail on Sunday

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