Celebrating our Unesco sister City of Literature: Iowa

'This novel is a wonder... something sacred and strange and wise beyond belief… sustains Harding's tale...' Irish Times on Paul Harding's Tinkers

‘What a wonderful, sad, tender book! [It is] going to have an enormous impact on everyone who reads it.' Colm Tóibin on John Boyne’s The Absolutist

Pulitzer prize-winning US novelist Paul Harding makes his first ever Irish appearance alongside John Boyne, author of the best-selling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Having been mentored by Marilynne Robinson (Housekeeping, Gilead) on Iowa University's famous Programme in Creative Writing, Paul Harding became the first debut novelist in over a decade to win the Pulitzer Prize, for his 2010 novel Tinkers, 'a beautiful, moving and elegiac lament on the human condition' (The Times).

John Boyne found international fame with his 2006 novel for younger readers The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It won two Irish Book Awards, topped the New York Times Bestseller list and was made into an award-winning Miramax film. His ninth novel (his seventh for adults) is The Absolutist, a tender and poignant story of two young privates during the Great War whose lives are briefly but intensely intertwined.