The Echo Chamber by John Boyne: A brave satire of cancel culture

Boyne draws on bitter personal experience in a sharply funny, cleverly executed novel

John Boyne: intrepid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John Boyne: intrepid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John Boyne is not afraid of controversy. His latest novel is a rollicking and consistently funny satire featuring a family torn limb from limb by their own misadventures in social media. 

Boyne himself took a battering in that arena in recent years when the publication of his novel My Brother’s Name Is Jessica led him into the highly charged area of trans politics and language. A less courageous writer might have chosen a safer subject for a subsequent novel, but Boyne chose instead to write about the very issues that, by his own admission, caused him so much grief. He might be climbing the creaking steps of a haunted house as he ventures into this territory – there are times when you gasp with fear for him, but he is nothing if not intrepid. 

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