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An international bestseller and a truly unforgettable and life-changing story.

The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

We hope you never have to cross such a fence.

Reviews

An account of a dreadful episode, short on actual horror but packed with overtones that remain in the imagination. Plainly and sometimes archly written, it stays just ahead of its readers before delivering its killer punch in the final pages

Independent

A small wonder of a book. Bruno's education is conducted slowly, through a series of fleeting social encounters rather than by plunging him into a nightmare landscape

Guardian

An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war seen through the eyes of two young boys, it's stirring stuff. Raw literary talent at its best. More please!

Irish Independent

Quite impossible to put down, this is the rare kind of book that doesn't leave your head for days. Word of mouth should be strong and this has the potential to cross over to an adult audience. A unique and captivating novel, which I believe deserves huge success

The Bookseller

Overwhelmingly powerful . . . This is a story so exceptional and vivid that it cannot be erased from the mind

Carousel

A powerful and emotionally-charged piece of literature

Yorkshire Evening Post

It's that very rare thing - a book so simple, so seemingly effortless, that it's almost perfect

Irish Independent

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781909531192

    November 3, 2014

    Definitions

    256 pages

    RRP $25.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099572862

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    256 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

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  • Paperback

    9781862305274

    February 2, 2009

    Definitions

    RRP $21.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook

    9781409097518

    June 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    256 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Also by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
A History of Loneliness
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
The Thief of Time
Beneath the Earth
Mutiny On The Bounty
Next of Kin
Crippen
The House of Special Purpose
The Congress of Rough Riders
The Absolutist
A Ladder to the Sky
This House is Haunted
Noah Barleywater Runs Away

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