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A History Of Loneliness by John Boyne. Photo: PA Photo/Doubleday

A History Of Loneliness by John Boyne. Photo: PA Photo/Doubleday

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A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

Irishman John Boyne, author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, focuses on the scandal of child abuse within the church in A History of Loneliness.

It follows the life of Father Odran Yates who is called to be a priest as a youngster, trained and then sent to work in a boys’ boarding school. He is eventually forced to come to terms with the fact paedophilia has been taking place around him.

Boyne captures the ghastly rippling effects of child abuse while garnering sympathy for innocent priests, tainted by the actions of others. A stunning but uncomfortable read.