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Quelques années plus tard, Maurice Swift s’est enfin fait un nom ; il a désormais besoin de nouvelles sources d’inspiration. Peu importe où il trouve ses histoires, à qui elles appartiennent, tant qu’elles contribuent à son ascension vers les sommets.
Des histoires qui le rendront célèbre, mais qui le conduiront aussi à mentir, emprunter, voler. Ou pire encore, qui sait ?
Roman troublant des ambitions démesurées, L’Audacieux Monsieur Swift raconte combien il est facile d’avoir le monde à ses pieds si l’on est prêt à sacrifier son âme.
Traduit de l’anglais (Irlande) par Sophie Aslanides
« Une plume vive qui excelle aussi bien à installer le malaise qu’à la dissiper par un éclat de rire. »
« Cette aptitude à embarquer le lecteur, essoufflé mais captivé, jusqu’au point final. »
« Le lecteur se sera surpris à dévorer ce roman avec une effrayante voracité »
Le Monde des livres
« Thriller littéraire de haute volée, mené avec une dextérité étourdissante »
« Au fil des pages, on croise les fantômes de E.M. Forster, Patricia Highsmith, mais aussi Lauren Groff ou Balzac. » ELLE
« Le virtuose irlandais John Boyne nous offre un roman aussi vénéneux que magnétique. » Le Journal du Dimanche
Né d’une fille-mère bannie de la communauté rurale irlandaise où elle a grandi, devenu fils adoptif d’un couple dublinois aisé et excentrique par l’entremise d’une nonne rédemptoriste bossue, Cyril dérive dans la vie, avec pour seul et précaire ancrage son indéfectible amitié pour le jeune Julian Woodbead, un garçon infiniment plus fascinant et dangereux.
Balloté par le destin et les coïncidences, Cyril passera toute sa vie à chercher qui il est et d’où il vient – et pendant près de trois quarts de siècle, il va se débattre dans la quête de son identité, de sa famille, de son pays et bien plus encore.
Dans cette œuvre sublime, John Boyne fait revivre l’histoire de l’Irlande des années 1940 à nos jours à travers les yeux de son héros. Les Fureurs invisibles du cœur est un roman qui nous fait rire et pleurer, et nous rappelle le pouvoir de rédemption de l’âme humaine.
Traduit de l’anglais par Sophie Aslanides
'A bold, funny epic' Observer
'Compelling and satisfying . . . At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending' Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery. At least, that's what his parents make sure to remind him. Adopted as a baby, he feels more and more disconnected with the family that treats him more as a curious pet, rather than a beloved son.
So, as a young adult, Cyril decides to embark on a quest to find his place in the world. Sometimes misguided and often in the wrong place at the wrong time, life has dealt him a difficult hand but Cyril is resolute that he can change things, and find the courage to be himself.
And in doing so, his story will come across that of Catherine Goggin, a young, pregnant woman finding herself alone and isolated at only sixteen. There is a place in the world for both of them, and Cyril is determined to find it.
What readers are saying:
***** 'The story of the life of one man, told against the backdrop of twentieth century Ireland. It is simultaneously heart-breaking, funny and life-affirming.
***** 'Fantastic eccentric characters and dark humour is underpinned by a touching love story, perfect.'
***** 'The saddest and happiest book I have read . . . told with great compassion and ultimately a great love of life.'
'The funniest book I've read in ages. Savage but compelling' Ian Rankin'
'Funny, rumbustious, unstinting and wonderfully Hogarthian' The Observer
'His relish is infectious' Times
What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.
The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen.
Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path.
Powered by John Boyne's characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.
'Sharp, funny, and beautifully written, but it's also a brilliant reflection on the landscape we now live in' Sunday Times bestselling author, Joanna Cannon
John Boyne has become internationally known for his acclaimed novels Crippen and the bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Now, for the first time in the United States, comes the book that started the career of the author that the Irish Examiner calls "one of the best and original of the new generation of Irish writers."
It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and his stepfather's execution. Matthieu's life is characterized by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century and the ripe old age of 256 he is suddenly forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of immortality without love?
In this carefully crafted novel, The Thief of Time, John Boyne juxtaposes history and the buzz of the modern world, weaving together portraits of 1920s Hollywood, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the French Revolution, the Wall Street Crash, and other landmark events into one man's story of murder, love, and redemption.
Quarante ans plus tard, la dévotion d’Odran est rattrapée par des révélations qui ébranlent la foi du peuple irlandais. Il voit ses amis jugés, ses collègues emprisonnés, la vie de jeunes paroissiens détruite, et angoisse à l’idée de s'aventurer dehors par crainte des regards désapprobateurs et des insultes.
Mais quand un drame rouvre les blessures de son passé, il est forcé d’affronter les démons qui ravagent l’Église, et d’interroger sa propre complicité.
Roman aussi intime qu’universel, Il n'est pire aveugle évoque les histoires que nous nous racontons pour être en paix avec nous-mêmes. Il confirme que Boyne est l’un des plus grands portraitistes de sa génération.
Traduit de l’anglais (Irlande) par Sophie Aslanides
'Gripping, harrowing and extremely moving... A painfully page-turning read...' - The Sunday Times
Clonliffe Seminary, 1972. Odran Yates arrives after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He is full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends.
Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the Church. And when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once-respected institution, and recognize his own complicity in their propagation.
From the award-winning author of The Heart's Invisible Furies, comes this courageous and intensely personal tale.
Readers are moved by A History of Loneliness:
***** 'Captivating, absorbing, heart-wrenching. A must read.'
***** 'A really powerful story from an author renowned for writing such stories.'
***** 'One of the most moving books I have ever read.'
Ce n'est pas une maison ordinaire. Le Berghof est la résidence d'Adolf Hitler. Pierrot va découvrir là un autre monde, fascinant et monstrueux.
Dix ans après Le garçon en pyjama rayé, qui a bouleversé des millions de lecteurs dans le monde, John Boyne nous raconte le destin troublant d'un autre garçon face à l'horreur nazie.
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.
Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
He’s oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.
All he knows is that he has moved from Berlin to a desolate area where he has no one to play with.
Until he meets Shmuel.
Shmuel lives in a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence, where everyone wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Despite the wire fence separating them, the two boys become best friends.
As they grow closer, Bruno starts to learn the terrible truth that lies beyond the fence, and what life is like for his friend.
John Boyne’s classic novel explores the friendship and loss of innocence of Bruno and Shmuel, during one of the worst points in history.
'A deliciously dark tale of ambition' Observer
'Gripping ... chilling and darkly comic tale of unrelenting ambition' Daily Express
You've heard the old proverb about ambition, that it's like setting a ladder to the sky. It can lead to a long and painful fall.
If you look hard enough, you will find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be-novelist Maurice Swift decides early on in his career.
A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated author Erich Ackerman gives Maurice an opportunity. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell; whether or not he should is another matter.
Once Maurice has made his name, he finds himself in need of a fresh idea. He doesn't care where he finds it, as long as it helps him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.
This is a novel about ambition.
What readers are saying:
***** 'A breath-taking story of dangerous infatuation and sociopathic ambition'
***** 'A beautifully written, genre defying novel that I couldn't help gobbling up in a couple of days.'
***** 'Dark comic humour ... fascinating and gripping storytelling.'
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 . . .
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