04 May Talk

John Boyne: Earth

at Guille-Allès Library
Saturday 04 May from 17:00 to 18:00

Boyne is one of the most critically acclaimed novelists of his generation. His best-known book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, is a modern classic.

The Irish novelist’s latest work is a series of four novellas, collectively titled The Elements and focuses on intimately human stories.

Four stories with four very different narrators, all of whom have been involved in, complicit with, or found themselves the victims of trauma. The first, Water, published in 2023, is a confronting, reflective story about a woman coming to terms with the demons of her past.

Boyne now unfolds the tale of Earth, which follows young footballer Evan Keogh as he leaves his Irish island, finding work as a male escort before becoming a professional footballer. It’s a gritty and complex narrative exploring guilt, shame and facing the consequences of one’s actions.

In conversation with Adam Bayfield.