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Beneath the Earth In this collection of twelve dark unerring and surprising short stories John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us the impossibility of shared loss the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and the distance we will run to protect ourselvesDrawing on a host of enthralling characters – a farmer a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents bad parents writers and soldiers; a student a rent boy and a hitman – Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgementThis his first collection of short stories is some of John Boyne’s finest writing to date It includes ‘Rest Day’ which won the 2015 Writingie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland



10 thoughts on “Beneath the Earth

  1. says:

    In my uest to read everything John Boyne I picked up this most interesting collection of short stories In this eclectic mix of a dozen tales Boyne shows his prolific writing ability a


  2. says:

    I'm not a huge fan of short storiesbut I am a huge fan of John Boyne so had to read this collectionIt is really good my favourites are The Schleinermetzenmann Haystack Girl A Good ManBut


  3. says:

    This is a book of twelve shorts stories and I read this book in two days And that is going some as I am a slow reader but loved it so much I just couldn't stop readingThe themes are interesti


  4. says:

    Entertaining collection of short stories by John Boyne a master story teller


  5. says:

    I have to admin that I felt very disconnected with some of the stories While some of them worked well and had me thinking about them the next dayThis is something I always find weird about short stor


  6. says:

    What with Mr Boyne being uite inept when it comes to writing bad books this selection of shorter works is great We start with a boy from a modern sort of broken home becoming a rent boy and are reminded


  7. says:

    This was a really compelling short story collection and it was fun to read one of my favorite authors in a different medium My personal favorites were “Haystack Girl” “Rest Day” “The Vespa” and


  8. says:

    John Boyne is my favourite author but this short story collection is very forgettable in my opinion I enjoyed 412 of the stories and I wasn't amazed by any of them


  9. says:

    While the collection is seeming aimed at showing beneath the surface many of the stories seem to arrive to the same end point illustrating the subject's detachment rather than probing the causes Perhaps the nature o


  10. says:

    A collection of short stories set in Ireland or involving the Irish abroad this is another strong offering from one of my favourite authors The stories don't deal with the brighter side of life and some are downright gr


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About the Author: John Boyne

John Boyne born 30 April 1971 in Dublin is an Irish novelistHe was educated at Trinity College Dublin and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he won the Curtis Brown prize In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEAJohn Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers as well as a collection of short stories His novel