This book got me through the first few days of Lockdown 3. I curled up on the sofa and read it morning, noon and night. I’ve struggled to read as much during this pandemic. Concentrating has been hard. But I had no trouble with John Boyne’s brilliant book. The author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Boyne tells the story of Cyril, raised by adoptive parents in 1950s Dublin. The book spans his life, his loves, his friendships as he tries to find his place in the world. The characters are wonderful. You feel as if you know them intimately. The story made me gasp in places and laugh out loud in others. I’m saying little about the plot because you need to be drawn in, like I was, and disappear into this wonderful story. Perfect lockdown reading.