The secrets to marriage and relationships according to couples together 10, 20, 30 and 40 years
The secrets to marriage and relationships according to couples together 10, 20, 30 and 40...

Amanda Cassidy

This peaceful Victorian-era Galway home is on the market for €1.65 million
This peaceful Victorian-era Galway home is on the market for €1.65 million

Sarah Finnan

Ask the Doctor: ‘Is there a device similar to a leadless single-chamber pacemaker that can be fitted to the atrium?’
Ask the Doctor: ‘Is there a device similar to a leadless single-chamber pacemaker that can...

Sarah Gill

What to do with your flowers after the wedding
What to do with your flowers after the wedding

Shayna Sappington

Supper Club: Creamy sautéd green veggies (perfect with pasta or quinoa)
Supper Club: Creamy sautéd green veggies (perfect with pasta or quinoa)

Meg Walker

These 3 Irish rug companies have launched exciting new ranges
These 3 Irish rug companies have launched exciting new ranges

Megan Burns

Social Pictures: Malfy’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ launch at the Iveagh Garden Hotel
Social Pictures: Malfy’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ launch at the Iveagh Garden Hotel

IMAGE

This Wicklow four-bed (complete with an equestrian smallholding) is on the market for €375,000
This Wicklow four-bed (complete with an equestrian smallholding) is on the market for €375,000

Sarah Gill

Women in Sport: All-Ireland Camogie Champion Fionnuala Carr
Women in Sport: All-Ireland Camogie Champion Fionnuala Carr

Sarah Gill

10 things to ask the midwife before you leave the hospital with your newborn
10 things to ask the midwife before you leave the hospital with your newborn

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Living / Culture
Sponsored

3 Irish writers recommended by John Boyne – and one which ‘blew his mind’

Sponsored By

By IMAGE
08th Sep 2020
Sponsored By
3 Irish writers recommended by John Boyne – and one which ‘blew his mind’

John Boyne, whose 12th adult novel, A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, is out now, was our latest guest in The Reading Room, in partnership with An Post, sponsor of the Irish Book Awards. 


Getting a book published is no mean feat. Getting a book published during a global pandemic is even more impressive. But getting a book published during a global pandemic and then having that book endorsed by one of Ireland’s most prolific writers is enough to make anyone retire early.

John Boyne, one of Ireland’s most successful novelists, who rose to fame when his seminal work, the young adult novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, topped bestsellers lists around the world and was made into a film in 2008, is now on his 12th adult novel. So it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two when it comes to literature.

In virtual conversation with IMAGE contributing editor Melanie Morris, as part of The Reading Room, in partnership with An Post, Boyne discussed his latest work, A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, his processes for getting a book over the finish line and shared tips on how to pitch work to a publisher.

He also shared the young Irish writers that he recommends.

“One I really like is Rob Doyle, he’s on this third book now and he’s well into his 30s, I think he’s a really exciting voice. I could not write the kinds of books he writes, he’s a totally different style of writing but I find him very interesting, exciting and unusual.

Threshold – the new one – I think it’s the best book I’ve read so far this year. It’s partly autobiography for him, it’s partly fiction, it’s just his weird, wonderful world. It just sort of blew my mind completely.”

Boyne, who mixes it up with fictional genres frequently and serves a young adult audience as well as an adult one, also recommended young Irish novelist Helen Cullen, whose debut, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, was published in 2018, and whose second book, The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually, is out now.

Boyne also describes Ann Griffin’s debut, When All Is Said, as “terrific”.

“There are a lot of good writers, you often have to wait three or four books in to see who’s going to stick around.”

Watch the full John Boyne interview with IMAGE in The Reading Room here.


An Post sponsors the Irish Book Awards. 

Follow The Reading Room on social using #ReadersWanted.

IMAGE presents The Reading Room: An Evening with John Boyne, in partnership with An Post, following the success of Literature in Lockdown, featuring Patrick Freyne, Sinead Gleeson, Naoise Dolan and Liz Nugent. For more on this virtual event, which was held in June, see here

Main photo: Supplied by John Boyne

Sold out!