A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky Review

The new novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Heart's Invisible Furies , a seductive Highsmithian psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of fame

Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for success. The one thing he doesn't have is talent - but he's not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don't need to be his own.
Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful - but desperately lonely - older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice's first novel.
Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall...

Title:A Ladder to the Sky

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  • Emily May

    Everyone has secrets, I had remarked. There’s something in all our pasts that we wouldn’t want to be revealed. This book was extraordinary. I can't think of a more appropriate way to put it. It's...

  • Paromjit

    It is a story that is as old as time itself, common in our human history and a major source of inspiration for writers, producing great literature, from the likes of Shakespeare to Patricia Highsmith'...

  • Meredith

    THIS BOOK WOWED ME!!! Meet Maurice Swift whose single purpose in life is to become a famous novelist. Beware: Maurice is a story thief. He will steal your stories, and, in essence, your soul. Mauric...

  • Larry H

    When you get ready to read a book by an author whose two previous books wound up at the top of your year-end best lists (and they're truly among some of the best books you've read, at least in the la...

  • Elyse Walters

    In the same way Vampires hunger for blood, protagonist *Maurice Swift*, hungers for stories. John Boyne has created a literary Vampire! Swift will trade stories for organisms. He’s not wired sexuall...

  • Tammy

    Dark and delectable, Boyne’s latest novel is compulsively readable. Maurice has one consuming desire and that is to be a wildly successful writer. Although he is able to craft sentences, he lacks th...

  • Julie

    A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne is a 2018 Hogarth Press publication. “And you’ve heard the old proverb about ambition, haven’t you?” He shook his head. “That it’s like setting a ladder t...

  • Will Byrnes

    In evolutionary biology, parasitism is a relationship between species, where one organism, the parasite, lives on or in another organism, the host, causing it some harm, and is adapted structurally t...

  • Peter

    MachiavellianAn amazing literary work immersed in ambition, infatuation, betrayal and narcissism. John skillfully develops a character, Maurice Swift, who has an obsessive ambition to be a famous and ...

  • Angela M

    3.5 starsWhat do you do when you have the blind ambition to be a writer and while you can write, you just don’t have a creative idea in you ? If you are the unscrupulous, narcissistic, slime ball na...