The Thief of Time
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The Thief of Time

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Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthew Zela's life is characterised by one amazing fact: his body stopped ageing before the end of the eighteenth century. Starting in 1758, a young Matthieu flees Paris after witnessing his mother's brutal murder. His only companions are his younger brother Tomas and one true love, Dominique Sauvet. The story of his life takes us from the French Revolution to 1920s Hollywood, from the Great Exhibition to the Wall Street Crash, and by the end of the twentieth century, Matthieu has been an engineer, a rogue, a movie mogul, a soldier, a financier, a lover to many, a cable TV executive and much more besides. Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery - and redemption.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 34mm | 358.34g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552776157
  • 9780552776158
  • 96,719

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"An extraordinary debut" * Sunday Express * "A minor masterpiece" * Time Out * "Boyne should be congratulated for his spirited take on an old theme" * Guardian * "Boyne is a skilful storyteller, expertly weaving differing stories together" * Sunday Tribune *show more

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. The Heart's Invisible Furies is his most ambitious novel yet.show more

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"An extraordinary début"show more

Back cover copy

Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthieu Zela's life is characterised by one amazing fact: his body stopped ageing before the end of the eighteenth century. Starting in 1758, a young Matthieu flees Paris after witnessing his mother's brutal murder. His only companions are his younger brother Tomas and one true love, Dominique Sauvet. The story of his life takes us from the French Revolution to 1920s Hollywood, from the Great Exhibition to the Wall Street Crash, and by the end of the twentieth century, Matthieu has been an engineer, a rogue, a movie mogul, a soldier, a financier, a lover to many, a cable TV executive and much more besides. Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery - and redemption.show more

Rating details

1,290 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 16% (212)
4 32% (417)
3 33% (429)
2 14% (178)
1 4% (54)

Our customer reviews

I really enjoyed this book. As a 19 year old girl, I often struggle with male protagonists, however Boyne has a skill at creating characters that are not only believable but likeable. Matthew is one such character. The story goes back and forth through time, as Matthew is immortal - he never ages and never dies. The story is woven through different times, different historical periods, and different episodes in Matthew's life, each with its own story and equal heartbreak. This was Boyne's first book, and a good place to start with his writing style. Having read some of his others beforehand, I didn't enjoy it as much as the others because his style has developed slightly since then, but I still loved reading it and relished the plot. A good book. I cannot recommend Boyne's work highly enough. 4.5 starsshow more
by Charlotte Hawkins
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