One of my last decisions before leaving my previous job as an English Head of Department was to buy a class set of John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for our less able readers. We had heard it was a gripping read. It was instantly popular; but I never got to teach it myself or read the ending.
I was particularly glad of that last night when I went to see the movie. It is gobsmackingly horrible and wonderful and the impact of the final scenes would move the hardest of hearts. In fact, a man in the back row was crying as I left. I hope John Boyne is pleased with the film version of his book. Everyone should read this book – whatever your age, get it out from your local library today.