The story’s central character is would-be writer Maurice Swift who sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories to help him rise to the top. The stories make him famous but they also force him to beg, borrow and steal and may make him do something even worse.
John Boyne is author of the multi-million-selling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a hit film of the same name. He is also the author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Here he talks to critic and writer Hannah Beckerman, who also appears at another festival event to talk about her new novel, If Only I Could Tell You.