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    Throughout my teenage years, I read 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories.
    — John Boyne
    tags: christmas  ghost  stories  read  year 
     
    What makes a classic is difficult to define. It's entirely subjective, of course. And the term is employed far too promiscuously.
    — John Boyne
    I suppose books are my real passion in life.
    — John Boyne
    tags: real  book  passion 
     
    I don't buy into the idea that an Irish writer should write about Ireland, or a gay writer should write about being gay.
    — John Boyne
    tags: gay  write  ideas 
     
    Unless you're very boring, I think most people who've lived long enough have something in their past which will never go away.
    — John Boyne
    tags: people  past 
     
    I wrote my first book at 20, but my whole focus from about the age of 12 was to be a writer.
    — John Boyne
    tags: focus  age  book 
     
    Children's authors don't talk down or patronise their younger readers.
    — John Boyne
    tags: author 
     
    I can remember being eight, and I like writing about that age of innocence when children still have a sense of wonder.
    — John Boyne
    I move between the two: I write an adult novel, and then I write a children's book. I quite enjoy that. It's a nice change of pace each time.
    — John Boyne
    tags: time  adult  novel  book  write 
     
    It's a wonderful thing to write for children.
    — John Boyne
    tags: children  child  write 
     
    I am opposed to war, to killing people, to any kind of hatred and violence.
    — John Boyne
    tags: people  violence  hatred  war 
     
    People try to glorify war, particularly those who aren't actually fighting in them. People tend to make heroes of those who are fighting in them.
    — John Boyne
    tags: people  hero  fighting  war 
     
    It is possible, you know, to drift off to an unknown world and find happiness there. Maybe even more happiness than you've ever known before.
    — John Boyne
    tags: happiness  world 
     
    I hope for so much from every book I read. And time and again, I find myself disappointed. I look across my bookshelves and see hundreds of titles which in my memory seem merely mediocre or second-rate. Only occasionally does a novel appear for which I feel a lasting passion, a book that I think could in time become a classic.
    — John Boyne
    tags: time  memory  novel  book  read  hope  passion 
     
    Just because a man glances up at the sky at night does not make him an astronomer, you know.
    — John Boyne
    tags: men  night  sky 
     
    With the adult ones, I feel I need to get as deep inside the psychology of a character as I can, and that needs to be first-person. In the children's books, I feel I need some distance. I don't want to be the nine-year-old at the center of the story. I need to have some type of narrative voice.
    — John Boyne
    In his heart, he knew that there was no reason to be impolite to someone, even if they did work for you. There was such a thing as manners after all.
    — John Boyne
    tags: work  heart 
     
    Sitting around miserable all day won't make you any happier.
    — John Boyne
    There will be outrage and disgust and people will turn on me at the last, they will hate me, my reputation will forever be destroyed, my punishment earned, self-inflicted like this gunshot wound, and the world will finally know that I was the greatest feather man of them all.
    — John Boyne
    I think that books for young people should have serious and important themes, they shouldn't be trivial. So the books I write, they would be the kind of stories you would write in an adult novel only they just happen to feature a child at the center of them.
    — John Boyne
    . . .only the victims and survivors can truly comprehend the awfulness of that time and place; the rest of us live on the other side of the fence, staring through from our own comfortable place, trying in our own clumsy ways to make sense of it all.
    — John Boyne
    tags: time  live  victim 
     
    Don't make it worse by thinking it's more painful than it actually is.
    — John Boyne
    tags: thinking 
     
    I was a very quiet child, quite introverted, really. Independent, yes; I didn't need a lot of supervision. Less so than I did when I got older, maybe. But I was a bookish child, not surprisingly. I could sit quite happily in a corner for hours and entertain myself with books.
    — John Boyne
    tags: children  child  book 
     
    Their lost voices Must continue to be heard.
    — John Boyne
    tags: lost 
     
    The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you've found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone. Like a dead mouse at the back of the cupboard.
    — John Boyne
    tags: alone  america  business  worth 
     
    I like the idea of standalone novels. I always found with series of books, it's something that publishers love obviously because they can make a lot of money and they build an audience from book to book, but I don't like that as a writer. I prefer the idea of just telling a story, completing it within your book, and moving on and not forcing a child to read eight of them.
    — John Boyne
    tags: children  child  novel  stories  book  read  ideas  money 
     
    There's things that happen in a person's life that are so scorched in the memory and burned into the heart that there's no forgetting them.
    — John Boyne
    tags: heart  memory 
     
    I think i'm just breathing, that's all. And there's a difference between breathing and being alive.
    — John Boyne
    It reminds me of how grandmother always had the right costume for me to wear. You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you're pretending to be.
    — John Boyne
    tags: people  right 
     
    Children's book writers tend to feel quite superior, and adult writers tend to feel they wouldn't know how to write a children's book - which might surprise you because I think a lot of people think it's the other way around.
    — John Boyne
    tags: people  adult  book  write 
     
    It occurs to me that even though Zoya and I are both still alive, my life is already over. She will be taken from me soon and there will be no reason for me to continue without her. We are one person, you see. We are GeorgyandZoya.
    — John Boyne
    tags: people 
     
    And I have tried to forget him, I have tried to convince myself that it was just one of those things, but it's difficult to do that when my body is standing here, eight feet deep in the earth of northern France, while my heart remains by a stream in a clearing in England where I left it weeks ago.
    — John Boyne
    tags: heart  earth  body  england 
     
    I am frustrated by celebrities who decide to write children's books because they think it's easy. That drives me crazy. It's frustrating because it's unfair to children. Because they'll get a lot of attention, they'll get a lot of marketing budget and so on just because they're a celebrity - the Madonnas, the Ricky Gervaises, the Russell Brands.
    — John Boyne
    But still there are moments when a brother and sister can lay down their instruments of torture for a moment and speak as civilized human beings and Bruno decided to make this one of those moments.
    — John Boyne
    tags: human  moment 
     
    Well you've been brought here against your will, just like I have. If you ask me, we're all in the same boat. And it's leaking.
    — John Boyne
    The dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy
    — John Boyne
    tags: boys 
     
    War today is such a more visible thing. We see it on television, on CNN. In 1914, war was a concept.
    — John Boyne
    tags: war 
     
    ... Nine-year-old boys usually turn ten at some point. It's the nineteen-year-olds who have difficulty turning twenty.
    — John Boyne
    tags: boys 
     
    I enjoy the research element. There are so many stories from the past that interest me, that I want to learn more about, just as an interested person. And if I'm going to learn, if I'm going to research, it's probably going to lead me to writing a novel.
    — John Boyne
    I was dropped by my publisher after my first two books. But I always believed in myself.
    — John Boyne
    tags: book 
     
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