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The Book Thief (Paperback)
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The Book Thief (Paperback)

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Paperback 560 Pages
Published: 15/09/2016
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Waterstones Says

A profoundly emotional modern classic about courage, rebellion and the enduring power of books, Zusak's sweeping novel centres on a nine-year-old girl in Nazi Germany and her daring reclamation of forbidden literature.

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

By her brother's graveside, nine year old Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery.

So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

'Unsettling, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic. This is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told' - Guardian

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784162122
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 382 g
Dimensions: 199 x 128 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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“Why I loved reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak”

This book was initially recommended to me by a couple of friends, but at first I dismissed it. I guess I was too wary and afraid to read it, since the quick research that I carried out on it revealed to me that this... More

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“Emotional, heartwarming, fantastic!”

The Book Thief is written by Australian author Markus Zusak. It is narrated by Death and is set in Nazi Germany, during a time when the narrator states he was very busy. It tells the story of a young girl, Liesel and... More

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“Compelling”

Typically, I don't read books about the war, but made an exception for The Book Thief due to all the attention it was getting, and I'm glad I did!
It is very well written and pulls you into the story. It had... More

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