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The Book Thief : 10th Anniversary Edition

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The 10th-anniversary edition of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller recommended by millions of readers - includes exclusive behind-the-scenes material 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 The 10th-anniversary edition features pages of bonus content, including annotated manuscript pages, original sketches, and pages from the author's writing notebook.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 34mm | 388g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10th Anniversary Edition
  • 1784162124
  • 9781784162122
  • 2,239

Review quote

"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 * "...breathtakingly good." -- Becky Stradwick, Buyer, Borders * The Bookseller * "A magical tale." * Elle * "...a fantastic book...it packs a huge emotional punch." -- Angela Lockton, The Golden Treasury, London * The Bookseller * "A tonic much needed amid the ominous menace of an era of such calamity." -- Alexandra Hamlyn * FT magazine * "Quirky, engaging and beautifully written" * Woman and Home * "His faith in the transformative power of storytelling bestows this gentle but worthwhile novel with its own narrative strength and power." -- Claire Allfree * Metro * "Absorbing and searing" * Washington Post * "A major achievement" * People * "Deserves a place on the shelf with The Diary of Anne Frank - set to become a classic" * USA Today * "Zusak makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable in the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse 5, with grim, darkly consoling humour" * Time * "Zusak's playfulness with language leavens the horror and makes the theme more resonant - words can save your life ...It's a measure of how sucessfully Zusak has humanized these characters that even though we know they are doomed, it's no less devastating when Death finally reaches them" * Publishers Weekly * "One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years" * The Wall Street Journal * "'Elegant, philosophical and moving. A work to read slowly and savour. Beautiful and important" * Kirkus Reviews * "Both gripping and touching, a work that kept me up late into the night feverishly reading the last 300 pages" * Cleveland Plain-Dealer * "Zusak's novel is a highwire act of inventiveness and emotional suppleness" * The Australian *show more

About Markus Zusak

MARKUS ZUSAK's bestselling novel The Book Thief was originally published in the UK in 2007. It has since become a modern classic, published around the world and turned into a film. Markus Zusak lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.show more

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"Deserves a place on the shelf with The Diary of Anne Frank - set to become a classic"show more

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