‘It’s been a really rough year, but I think I’m just about out of the worst side of it’

Early in his career, John Boyne left himself out of his novels - but in his latest, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, he goes ‘full on’ about what it was like to grow up gay

2nd April, 2017
John Boyne: ‘There is a connection between gay people and feminism because we feel beaten down by the establishment’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

‘The only description I have on my Twitter account is one word: ‘storyteller’.”

John Boyne leans back in his chair. The acclaimed Irish author has just been asked how he feels about the division that’s often made between high-brow literary novelists and more commercial novelists, who focus on delivering a good yarn. Boyne, nattily dressed in a navy shirt, suit jacket and trousers, barely needs to pause to consider the matter....

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