An Evening with John Boyne
Launch event for the Peterborough City Read – Stay Where You Are and Then Leave.
From the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, comes a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is a moving tale which is a fitting tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the First World War.
This is your chance to meet the author, and listen to him talk about this latest book, the inspiration and research behind it, and life as a writer.
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave will be a “City Read” for Peterborough during the Summer, and John Boyne will be here to launch it himself.
Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, he has created another endearing character and a life-affirming book that will be enjoyed by older children, teens and adults alike.
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 an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .
‘An instant classic that once read will never be forgotten. Children’s minds and lives will be richer for reading this wonderful story. The forgotten victims of the Great War finally have their stories told.’ Eoin Colfer.
£5 (£4 concessions). Book in person at any Peterborough Library or Waterstones, Peterborough. Alternatively, call 01733 864 280.