The Book Thief. Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has been made into a spectacular film. Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she cant resistbooks. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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

Review:

"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
Author:
Markus Zusak
Format:
Paperback

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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has been made into a spectacular film. Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she cant resistbooks. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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

Review:

"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

Product details

Author:
Markus Zusak
Publisher:
Black Swan
ISBN:
9780552773898
Audience:
General
Pages:
560
Width (mm):
128
Length (mm):
198
Additional Info:
Markus Zusak, a prize-winning author, lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter. The Doubleday hardback of The Book Thief , published at the beginning of January 07, stayed in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestsellers for nine weeks. It was published to critical acclaim in Australia and in America where it reached No. 1 on the The New York Times bestsellers list. Film rights have been optioned by the makers of The Devil Wears Prada. Find out more by visiting the website - thebookthief.com
Awards:
Shortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Children's 2007.
Weight (g):
386

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Gripping

A page turner of note. Narrated by death the start of the book seems ominous but once you are past page one you will not be able to close the book till you get to the last page.

 

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