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.
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award.
"A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft
. . . compelling and terrifying, powerful and intensely unsettling.
In Maurice Swift, Boyne has given us an unforgettable protagonist,
dangerous and irresistible in equal measure. The result is an
ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most
assured writers of his generation." -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer
"Maurice Swift, the novelist protagonist of John Boyne's A Ladder to the Sky, is a bookish version of Patricia Highsmith's psychopathic antihero Tom Ripley." * The Times *
"A dark morality tale in the mould of Patricia Highsmith . . . consistently intriguing" * Daily Mail *
"Everything the wonderful Irish novelist John Boyne writes is special . . . a highly entertaining read" -- Jake Kerridge * S Magazine, Sunday Express *
"Gripping . . . John Boyne is a master storyteller and fans will doubtless be captivated by this chilling and darkly comic tale of unrelenting ambition" * Daily Express *