World Book Club

BBC World Service

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The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.


WBC: John Boyne

March 6th, 2010

Episode 253 of 347 episodes

Set during World War II, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which has sold an astonishing 5 million copies worldwide, tells the story of Bruno, the nine-year-old son of the commandant of a concentration camp. Devastated at leaving his old life behind in Berlin, the novel charts Bruno’s forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence, a friendship which has startling and far-reaching consequences.

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