John Boyne was born in Ireland and is the author of eight novels for adults. His first novel for children, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award and was made into a film. His novels are published in over 40 languages. Oliver Jeffers is an internationally acclaimed author/ illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestle Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.