Thursday, 10 November 2011

Throwback Thursday #30 - The House of Special Purpose

This is a great feature that Melissa at My words and pictures has been doing for a while and I wanted to jump on board! There are plenty of books out there I desperately want...

But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on my shelves?

The House of Special Purpose - John Boyne
Russia, 1915: Sixteen year old farmer's son Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Rewarded with the position of bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II, the course of his life is changed for ever. Privy to the secrets of Nicholas and Alexandra, the machinations of Rasputin and the events which will lead to the final collapse of the autocracy, Georgy is both a witness and participant in a drama that will echo down the century. Sixty-five years later, visiting his wife Zoya as she lies in a London hospital, memories of the life they have lived together flood his mind. And with them, the consequences of the brutal fate of the Romanovs which has hung like a shroud over every aspect of their marriage...

Having finished Crippen by John Boyne just last week, I was surprised to find out that I already had a book by John Boyne sitting on my shelves. I won The House of Special Purpose last year but it's never really been a high priority read for me. Having enjoyed Crippen immensely I now want to read more by him and was quite happy to find I didn't have to purchase any to succeed! Now, I just need to fit into my reading schedule...

Has anyone else read any other books by John Boyne?


  1. I haven't read any of his books, but it sounds good

  2. Oh I love that! You want another book by the author and find out you already have it!