Publication Date: 15/09/2016 ISBN: 9781784162122 Category:

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 15/09/2016 ISBN: 9781784162122 Category:
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Mr B's review

This has been one of my favourite books for years – it’s a great example of YA fiction that really can be read by anyone at any age. The story is narrated with brilliant dry humour and poignancy by Death, as a young girl, Liesel, grows up with foster parents in Nazi Germany, their lives upended when they decide to shelter a Jewish man in their basement. It’s a fantastic testimony to the magical power of books and words to unite people and bring hope, and an incredibly rich story that manages to be heart-breaking without being completely depressing.


‘Life affirming, triumphant and tragic . . . masterfully told. . . but also a wonderful page-turner’ Guardian
‘Brilliant and hugely ambitious’ New York Times
‘Extraordinary’ Telegraph

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.


What readers are saying about The Book Thief:

***** ‘I loved every page of this book. So many great quotes, observations on humanity and images…I just didn’t want it to end.
***** ‘I loved this book. It is not only one of the best I’ve read this year, it is one of the best I’ve ever read.’
***** ‘This is the sort of book the restores your faith in humanity and leaves you feeling uplifted, even when it makes you shed a tear.

Publisher 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 * “…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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