John Boyne will read from his stunning and timely new novel My Brother’s Name is Jessica.
Sam Waver has always idolised his big brother, Jason. Unlike Sam, Jason seems to have life sorted – he’s kind, popular, amazing at football and girls are falling over themselves to date him.
But then one evening Jason calls his family together to tell them that he’s been struggling with a secret for a long time, a secret which quickly threatens to tear them all apart. His parents don’t want to know and Sam simply doesn’t understand.
Because what do you do when your brother says he’s not your brother at all? That he thinks he’s actually . . . your sister?
Full of John’s trademark wit, warmth and emotion, My Brother’s Name is Jessica is an urgent call to arms for better empathy and understanding about the complexity of gender identity. With post-show Q&A.
A novelist at the top of his game. Mail on Sunday
John Boyne is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his bestselling book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Heart’s Invisible Furies, and A Ladder to the Sky, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. He lives in Dublin.