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10 Tips to Write Your First Novel by John Boyne

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John Boyne

If you’re determined to write your first novel, John Boyne recently posted his 10 Tips on Twitter, detailing just how to make it happen – reproduced below. You can see the original Tweet here.

Biography

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

He has published 13 novels for adults, 6 novels for younger readers, and a short story collection, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera, selling around 11 million copies worldwide.

Among his most popular books are The Heart’s Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky and My Brother’s Name is Jessica.

In 2012, he was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for his body of work. He has also won 3 Irish Book Awards, and many international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia.

His novels are published in 54 languages.

His 13th adult novel, The Echo Chamber, which explores the negative effect of social media on society, was published in August 2021 and reached no.1 on the Bestseller Charts in Ireland.

About The Echo Chamber:

What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds – and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.

The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a ‘national treasure’ (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen.

Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path.

Powered by John Boyne’s characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.

‘The funniest book I’ve read in ages. Savage but compelling’ Ian Rankin
‘Funny, rumbustious, unstinting and wonderfully Hogarthian’ The Observer
‘His relish is infectious’ Times

Order your copy online here.

From John Boyne:

Is 2022 the year when you’re determined to write your first novel? If so, then here are 10 tips I put together to help you make that happen. I hope you find them useful, and good luck!

You can see the original Tweet here.

(c) John Boyne

About the author

John Boyne is the author of thirteen novels for adults, six for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. His many international bestsellers include The Heart’s Invisible Furies and A Ladder to the Sky. He has won three Irish Book Awards, along with a host of other international literary prizes. His novels are published in over fifty languages

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