Love in the Time of . . . a Norwegian god

In the first of a new Magazine and podcast series, the Business Post’s Love in the Time of . . . , Irish author John Boyne writes of how a youthful crush acted as the catalyst for a momentous personal realisation

John Boyne, the author, holds a picture of Morten Harket, lead singer of a-ha and the object of Boyne’s teenage crush. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

Shortly after my 14th birthday, I fell in love with a drawing.

It was the first time I’d fallen in love with anything, physical or inanimate, and it hit me with all the force of a ten-ton truck. I thought about the drawing day and night, staring at it for hours at a time, unable to understand why I was so transfixed by it. I wanted to erase the drawing, but also wanted to hold ...