John Boyne

#82946 John Boyne

It's not easy making a living as a writer, and for many years I worked at a Waterstones in Dublin. It was a good environment for an aspiring writer, with lots of events and authors appearing. .

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#82947 John Boyne

Throughout my teenage years, I read 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories. .

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#82948 John Boyne

People try to glorify war, particularly those who aren't actually fighting in them. People tend to make heroes of those who are fighting in them. .

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#82949 John Boyne

I am opposed to war, to killing people, to any kind of hatred and violence. .

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#82950 John Boyne

I can remember being eight, and I like writing about that age of innocence when children still have a sense of wonder. .

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#82951 John Boyne

I don't buy into the idea that an Irish writer should write about Ireland, or a gay writer should write about being gay. .

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#82952 John Boyne

I suppose books are my real passion in life. .

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#82953 John Boyne

I wrote my first book at 20, but my whole focus from about the age of 12 was to be a writer. .

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#82954 John Boyne

It's a wonderful thing to write for children. .

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#82955 John Boyne

Unless you're very boring, I think most people who've lived long enough have something in their past which will never go away. .

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#82956 John Boyne

War today is such a more visible thing. We see it on television, on CNN. In 1914, war was a concept. .

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#82957 John Boyne

I move between the two: I write an adult novel, and then I write a children's book. I quite enjoy that. It's a nice change of pace each time. .

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#82958 John Boyne

What makes a classic is difficult to define. It's entirely subjective, of course. And the term is employed far too promiscuously. .

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#82959 John Boyne

I hope for so much from every book I read. And time and again, I find myself disappointed. I look across my bookshelves and see hundreds of titles which in my memory seem merely mediocre or second-rate. Only occasionally does a novel appear for which I feel a lasting passion, a book that I think could in time become a classic. .

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#82960 John Boyne

Children's authors don't talk down or patronise their younger readers. .

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#185892 John Boyne

Its not easy making a living as a writer, and for many years I worked at a Waterstones in Dublin. It was a good environment for an aspiring writer, with lots of events and authors appearing. .

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#206758 John Boyne

Dont make things worse by thinking its more painful than it actually is. .

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