The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Book rating: 04 Paperback Black Swan

By (author) Markus Zusak

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 40mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552773891
  • ISBN 13: 9780552773898
  • Sales rank: 11

Product description

HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH. It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

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Author information

Markus Zusak, a prize-winning author, lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter. The Doubleday hardback of The Book Thief , published at the beginning of January 07, stayed in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestsellers for nine weeks. It was published to critical acclaim in Australia and in America where it reached No. 1 on the The New York Times bestsellers list. Film rights have been optioned by the makers of The Devil Wears Prada. Find out more by visiting the website -

Customer reviews

By ela 02 Nov 2011 5

A beautifully written book and a unique view point. An excellent read.

By Niamh Malin 01 Nov 2011 5

This book is amazing!! I would happily re-read it again and again.... I hate re-reading books except for H.P. so thats saying something :) AMAZING! so touching!

By jessica shipman 21 Oct 2011 5

When I picked up the book I was a little worried about the different scenes jumping to and fro but once I finally understood characters and scenes I thought, "this is fantastic!" I loved the story, I loved the plot. It was so well written and heartfelt.

I HIGHLY recommend this book!!

By Diane 20 Oct 2011 5

This is such a beautiful story and so well told. I was caught up in this book I did not want to end!
The book thief is a must read.

By Tara Cunynghame 28 Sep 2011 5

Oh wow a truly amazing book, it was a story that I wanted to know the ending to, but at the same didn't want it to end, I loved the whole concept and felt priveleged to read such wonderful work.

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"Extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry." -- Lisa Hilton Sunday Telegraph "...a beautifully balanced piece of storytelling...Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner." Guardian "A moving work which will make many eyes brim." -- Marianne Brace Independent on Sunday "This is a weighty novel worthy of universal acclaim. A sense of dread prevades this beautifully written novel. As The Book Thief draws to a close, Death says: "There's a multitude of stories that i allow to distract me as I work." The story of the Book Thief, who tried to change the world in her own small way, proves one formidable and inspiring distraction." -- Lianne Kolirin The Daily Express "Brilliant and hugely ambitious ... the kind of book that could be life-changing" New York Times Book Review