Author(s): Boyne, John,
Date of Publication: 07/02/2019,
Pagination: 448 pages,
Imprint: Black Swan,
Published By: Transworld Publishers Ltd,
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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.