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.
About the Author
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eight novels for adults and four for younger readers, including the international best-seller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was made into a Miramax feature film and has sold more than five million copies worldwide. His novels are published in over forty-five languages. He is married and lives in Dublin.
"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
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 14th October 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.36