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17 Jul 6:00am

John Boyne: ‘People were criticising my book when they hadn’t read it’

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John Boyne talks about the online backlash to his recent YA book and how it inspired his new novel about social media From the table in the garden where we sit chatting, I have a good view of John Boyne’s “ego room” – the light-filled, pale green annexe to which he comes, at 8.30 every morning, seven days a week, to write, and which is filled with global editions of the 21 books he has produced over the last two decades. Both the space and the name he’s given it are instructive, revealing: the tag humorously self-deprecating, the shelves a proud reminder of the work he’s created; at once sanctuary and display. And his backlist, which includes the bestselling YA novel,
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