Picasso wrote “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” If true, the protagonist of John Boyne’s deliciously dark novel, A Ladder to the Sky is a certified genius. Aspiring author Maurice Swift is handsome, charming and hungry for fame. A chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann sees him parlay Erich’s trust and darkest secret into the plot of his first bestseller. With shades of Patricia Highsmith, A Ladder to the Sky is a savagely comic exploration of art and morality that asks “To whom does a story belong?”
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John Boyne is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas sold 9 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. John has won three Irish Book Awards and many other international literary awards and his novels are published in over 50 languages. He lives in Dublin.
Nicole Abadee is the books writer for The Australian Review Magazine and also writes about books for Good Weekend. She appears regularly at writers’ festivals and other literary events. Nicole is also a literary consultant, helping writers to polish their work and to get published.