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The Heart's Invisible Furies

February 9th 2017 | Doubleday | Hardbacks

The story of Ireland over the last seventy years, seen through the eyes of one ordinary man. Hilarious, touching and deeply sad, The Heart’s Invisible Furies marks a new direction for one of Ireland’s finest contemporary writers. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural community and adopted by a wellto-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

‘For many years, people asked me why I never wrote about my native Ireland’, John Boyne says, ‘but over the last few years I’ve found myself more intrigued with the history and social mores of my own country. Anyone familiar with my past work will find that The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a total change of direction. For one thing, it’s funny. It tells the story of one man, Cyril Avery, coming to terms with his sexuality in a country which, until recently, did not embrace difference. He blunders from mistake to mistake until he finally figures out how to live and love without concern for the opinion of others.’

John Boyne has published nine novels for adults and five for younger readers, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was made into a Miramax feature film.  He is also the author of the short story collection Beneath The Earth. In 2012, he was awarded the Hennessy Literary ‘Hall of Fame’ Award for his body of work. He has also won three Irish Book Awards, for Children’s Book of the Year, People’s Choice Book of the Year and Short Story of the Year. He has won a number of international literary awards, including the Que Leer Award for Novel of the Year in Spain and the Gustav Heinemann Peace Prize in Germany. 

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