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The Absolutist

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September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together. But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. The letters, however, are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life - forever.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 199 x 26mm | 294g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552775401
  • 9780552775403
  • 14,476

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"Extraordinary... The narrative is by turns surprising and tragic in equal measure while its troubling conclusion will stay with readers long after they've closed the book" -- Carlo Gebler "Powerful, poignant and beautifully written. This will become a classic war novel" * Bookseller * "Compulsive, stylish and gripping" * Reader's Digest * "A wonderful, sad, tender book" -- Colm Toibin "John Boyne brings a completely fresh eye to the most important stories. He guides us through the realm of history and makes the journey substantial, poignant and real. He is one of the great craftsmen in contemporary literature" -- Colum McCannshow more

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. The Heart's Invisible Furies is his most ambitious novel yet.show more

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"John Boyne brings a completely fresh eye to the most important stories. He guides us through the realm of history and makes the journey substantial, poignant and real. He is one of the great craftsmen in contemporary literature"show more

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September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together. But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. The letters, however, are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life – forever.show more

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This book is one of those that will stay with you long after you have finished it. The story revolves around two men - one who survived World War One, and one who did not. Tristan has survived the horrors of the trenches and after several years decides to visit the family of a friend who was killed - Will. The only problem is, Will was a conscientious objector and was murdered for it at the front. The family think Tritan is visiting them out of respect. But Tristan has another motive. He hides a dark secret that he cannot disclose to anyone. Tristan and Will shared a strong bond of brotherhood that eventually evolved into a passionate, sexual affair. Tristan loves Will but Will betrayed him. Betrayal is the final straw for Tristan, whose actions will have consequences that will tear his world apart and resonate down the decades. A heartbreaking, beautiful book that will make you cry. Another triumph by Boyne. Phenomenal.show more
by Charlotte Hawkins
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