The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 127 x 138 x 6mm | 66g
  • ABC Audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1486205526
  • 9781486205523
  • 44,421

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"Brilliant and hugely ambitious... It's the kind of book that can be life changing." -- The New York Times "... A moving work which will make many eyes brim." -- The Independent
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About Markus Zusak

Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother's small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

At the age of 30, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today's most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication of The Book Thief, he has been dubbed a 'literary phenomenon' by Australian and US critics. Zusak is the award-winning author of four previous books for young adults: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger, recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney. NIDA graduate Dennis Olsen has performed roles in every major theatre company throughout Australia in productions as diverse as The Crucible, Private Lives, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Three Sisters, Kafka Dances, Oedipus Rex, Hamlet and Cabaret. His many roles include Giacomo Puccini in Puccini Spectacular, Salieri in Amadeus, a national tour of Heroes and Candide. He has starred in productions of HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado and The Gondoliers. His directing credits include HMS Pinafore, The Abduction from the Seraglio and Countess Maritza. In 1987 he was awarded the AM for services to the performing arts.
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1 1% (30,458)
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