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Launch of “A Ladder to the Sky” – John Boyne

10 August 2018
A Ladder to the Sky Book Cover A Ladder to the Sky
John Boyne
Doubleday UK
August 23, 2018

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely. Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them - or to whom they belong - as long as they help 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.

John Boyne launched his new book “A Ladder to the Sky” last night, 9th August 2018, at Hodges Figgis, on Dawson Street, Dublin.

John was emotional as he thanked his editor of 10 years, Bill Scott-Kerr,  and his agent of 20 years, Simon Trewin, not only for their ongoing support but their support, especially over the last 2 years. Also in the audience was an editor of the Sunday Tribune who published John’s first work, Cobweb, in 1993.

John read a piece from The Swallows Nest section of the book to great applause. The reading covered a captive exchange between a protégé, his mentor, and eminent author/publisher colleagues. It is wonderful in such a short sample of prose, to enjoy an insight into John’s capability to develop tension, ambition, pride, rebuttal and the surreptitious tactics of a calculated young man to succeed at all costs. Oh, the games people play! Oh, the writing!

This latest book is sure to be a success, and follow on from bestsellers such as the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Heart’s Invisible Furies


Peter Donnelly

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley

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