Beneath the Earth Stories

Short stories

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Publisher's Synopsis

In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us, the impossibility of shared loss, the lengths we will go to in order to protect our families and the distance we will run to protect ourselves.


Drawing on a host of enthralling characters - a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager exploring his sexuality; good parents, bad parents, writers and soldiers; a student, a rent boy and a hitman - Boyne examines the hopeful and the damaged without prejudice or judgement.


This, his first collection of short stories, is some of John Boyne's finest writing to date. It includes 'Rest Day' which won the 2015 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award in Ireland.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784160999
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 271
Weight: 194g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 18mm