The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time

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It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris for Dover, having witnessed the murder of his mother by his stepfather and his subsequent execution for that crime. With Matthieu is his five year old brother Tomas and his companion and 'one true love', Dominique Sauvet. What follows is the story of Matthieu's life. Beginning in murder and ending in redemption, Matthieu's life is characterised by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century, he is able to look back on a life lived to the full. He has been an engineer, a rogue, a movie mogul, a soldier, a financier, a lover to many, a cable TV executive and more. The tale of his life involves murder, love, treachery, despair, passion, glamour, and, ultimately hope.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 32mm | 340.2g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753812762
  • 9780753812761
  • 1,413,989

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971 and is currently events manager at Waterstone's Dublin. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of East Anglia, where he completed the course in creative writing. At UEA he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize (shared with Toby Litt). His first short story was published in The Sunday Tribune and was subsequently shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. The Thief of Time is his first novel.
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