The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 40mm | 359.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773891
  • 9780552773898
  • 16

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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

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About Markus Zusak

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 -

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Customer reviews

This book was fantastically written! I loved the clever use of the character of 'death'. Would certainly more
by Emily Mayes
This was the first book I read about Nazi Germany. I was 14 at the time. It opened my perspectives immensely and I've read it plenty of times over because of its greatness. Definitely a stunner! I'd recommend it to anyone!show more
by Deanna Stanwood
I put off reading this book for two years ( it was a gift) cos i didn't really think there was much more to write about Nazi Germany. So wrong, so so wrong. Wonderful book with an original take on one of the most written about times in modern history... so quite a feat to stand out from the crowd and tell us something more
by imc
One of the most amazing books I've ever read. Original and simple, yet extremely complicated and touching. You wish this would never more
by David Gal
Loved this book from the first page to the last. I loved the view of this period in time from the rightgous gentil point of you and found it inspiering and made me remember there where good people more
by Mrs Barbara Grosberg