Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Noah Barleywater Runs Away- Irish Times No.1 Bestseller –
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Shortlisted for Irish Book Award: Children’s Book of the Year

Shortlisted for Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2011

Shortlisted for Hull Children’s Book Award 2011

Winner : Children’s Book of the Year 2011 (Slovakia)

Longlisted for UK Literacy Assocation Children’s Book of the Year 2012

Longlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal

Eight year-old Noah’s problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn’t think about them. So he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest.

Before long he comes across a shop. But this is no ordinary shop. It is a toy shop full of the most amazing toys and brimming with the most wonderful magic. And here Noah meets a very unusual toymaker.

The toymaker has a story to tell and it’s a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life.

And it could change yours too.


“Timeless and imaginative. I don’t know how Boyne does it but his story is incredibly resonant.”

The Irish Times

“In this charming and cleverly plotted story that tiptoes with humor and compassion, two characters teach each other how to grieve, how to forgive, and how, eventually, to remember what has been lost.”

The New York Times

“The writing is lyrical yet spare and beautifully crafted. It’s inventive, wily and twisty. A carefully crafted, whimsical gem. A true publishing event.”

The Irish Independent

“Highly amusing, refreshingly original and extremely moving… written with such an assurance and lightness of touch… infused with such truths as to leave one with very real tears in the eyes.”

Philip Ardagh, The Guardian

“Destined to become something of a children’s classic.”

Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday

“A moving and magical book.”

The Telegraph

“An audacious, reworked fairytale. It is ultimately positive, original and important and may well become a contemporary children’s classic.”

The Australian

“A beautiful and wonderfully written fairytale. Poignant, fantastical and charming.”

The Sunday Business Post

“A celebration of the consolations of storytelling. Spellbinding stuff.”

The Financial Times

“Reminicent of Roald Dahl’s writing… it is joyful and leaves one with hope, despite the darkness that can occur in life.”

New Zealand Daily Post

“Poignant and beguiling… it is written in such a poetic, sensitive and imaginative way that it leaves one feeling uplifted.”

Herald Sun (Australia)

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