03 April 2024


By John Boyne


When two high-profile footballers go on trial for sexual assault, a media frenzy ensues. In the dock are Evan Keogh and Robbie Wolverton. Evan reflects on his life and the events/choices that led him to where he is now. 

Earth is the second John Boyne novella in his Elements series. Although harrowing at times, the writing is beautiful and pulled me in from page one. It deals with unpleasant themes exposing the more seedier side of life, yet there are glimpses of hope and redemption. An excellent thought-provoking read.    


  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Author: John Boyne
  • Genre: Literary Fiction


It’s the tabloid sensation of the year: two well-known footballers standing in the dock, charged with sexual assault, a series of vile text messages pointing towards their guilt.

As the trial unfolds, Evan Keogh reflects on the events that have led him to this moment. Since leaving his island home, his life has been a lie on many levels. He’s a talented footballer who wanted to be an artist. A gay man in a sport that rejects diversity. A defendant whose knowledge of what took place on that fateful night threatens more than just his freedom or career.

The jury will deliver a verdict but, before they do, Evan must judge for himself whether the man he has become is the man he wanted to be.

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