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The boy in the striped pyjamas

The boy in the striped pyjamas

Boyne, John, 1971-; Maloney, Michael, 1957-

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his family must move from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in devastating consequences

CD, CD, Audiobook. English. Young adult fiction. Children's audiobooks.
Published London: Random House Audiobooks, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: John Boyne
ISBN: 184657076X, 9781846570766
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Compact discs.
Performers: Read by Michael Maloney.
Physical Description: 4 sound discs (4 hr., 30 min.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject: Berlin (Germany) Juvenile sound recordings.; Friendship Juvenile sound recordings.

Author note

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning bookThe Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notablyThe AbsolutistandA History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. His most recent book isThe Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, which sees him returning to the setting of the Second World War. His novels are published in over 45 languages.


"Michael Maloney does more than read Bruno: he is Bruno, and effect is devastating."
Irish Times||"Superbly read by John Maloney and is, quite simply, brilliant. [...] It is beautifully naive but with infinite depths [...] if you want to share something truly special with your child, this is it."
Daily Express||"Chilling, and memorably read by Michael Maloney"
Choice magazine||"Stays ahead of its readers before delivering its killer-punch final pages"
Independent||"Simply written and highly memorable.There are no monstrosities on the page but the true horror is all the more potent for being implicit"
Ireland on Sunday

Back cover copy

Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no-one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation.And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

Micheal Maloneyis a highly acclaimed actor with a wealth of roles to his name. A frequent member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael took the lead role as Prince Hal inHenry IV Parts I & II. On television, he stars regularly inDalziel & PascoeandMonarch of the Glenand he's worked with Oscar-winning director Anthony Mingella in the feature filmTruly, Madly, Deeplyand Kenneth Branagh in the feature filmsHenry VandHamlet.