Stay Where You are and Then Leave

Stay Where You are and Then Leave

By (author) John Boyne


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The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with shell-shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell-shock is, but is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place...

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 144 x 206 x 26mm | 362g
  • 26 Sep 2013
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Doubleday Children's Books
  • London
  • English
  • b+w t/o
  • 0857532936
  • 9780857532930
  • 60,052

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John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international bestsellers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide, The Absolutist and, most recently, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave. His novels are published in over forty-five languages. He is married and lives in Dublin. @john_boyne

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"Pat Barker meets Michelle Magorian ... Comic as well as poignantly enlightening" Independent on Sunday "John Boyne's children's novels tackle difficult subjects ... and this latest book looks at the horrors of trench warfare in World War 1. With the anniversary of that war next year, this is a timely examination of moral, physical and mental bravery and pain" Daily Mail "Beautifully paced and affecting" The Bookseller "Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is beautifully written, as are all John Boyne's books for children. Although it's a book aimed primarily at younger readers, it's equally as satisfying for adults, and should be widely read by everyone" Wondrous Reads "A beautifully paced and affecting tale" Independent on Sunday

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