The Book Group: ‘A Ladder to the Sky’ by John Boyne

Date: 9 June 2020

Time: 1930-2100

Price: Free of Charge

Join us to discuss ‘A Ladder to the Sky’ by John Boyne. Local author, Claire Fuller, will facilitate the discussion in this relaxed and informal event. Places are free of charge but you are advised to book your place by clicking on JOIN US, below. We’ll be discussing the book and John Boyne will not be in attendance.

‘A deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft… an ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most assured writers of his generation.’ Hannah Beckerman, Observer

You’ve heard the old proverb about ambition, that it’s like setting a ladder to the sky. It can lead to a long and painful fall.

If you look hard enough, you will find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be-novelist Maurice Swift decides early on in his career.

A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated author Erich Ackerman gives Maurice an opportunity. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell; whether or not he should is another matter.

Once Maurice has made his name, he finds himself in need of a fresh idea. He doesn’t care where he finds it, as long as it helps him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

This is a novel about ambition.

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