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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak


Published: 1st November 2013
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. 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.

About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including The Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.


My 12 year old son loved this book.


Would recommend for 12 years and up, great reading.

Findon, SA


Needs reediting


Death is terrible (the narrator) needs work good story line thought the movie was great but i can't say the same for the book

land of the potatos


could not put down


the book was a great insight into the second world war as child living through communism and how hiding someone that was jewish took its toll on all





The Book Thief is an absolutely stunning book, filled with great characterisation and description. A must read.

Brisbane, AU




This book was very captivating. I got just to have something over easter and found that I couldnt put it down. You could easily put yourself in the book and feel and see everything that was happening. I cant wait for the movie to come out on dvd now. You did well Markus.

Northern NSW


I missed the movie but the book was best


The online service couldn't be better the book arrives almost as soon as you have finished ordering. The service is first class. I have no complaints atall about the service.

Rural Sydney


What a page-turner!


This is my new favourite novel. What a fantastic read!

Newcastle, AU


Gripping story


Great story

Gatton Qld


Absolutely loved it!


I received delivery and had it read in a day. It took me a few pages to work out the narrator, but that's part of the intrigue. I liked that it was a book about a German girl during Hitler's war instead of the usual Jewish perspective. (Not to detract from the Jewish perspective!). And it wasn't so horribly graphic that I couldn't enjoy the story. Overall, it was a really really good book.

Noosa QLD


Couldn't quite get into it


I totally loved the movie but found the book hard to read. Have loaned it to a friend. Maybe I'll try reading it another time.

Eden, NSW


The Book Thief

4.5 18


Markus Zusak

Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother’s small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

At the age of 40, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today’s most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication of
The Book Thief, he is now being dubbed a ‘literary phenomenon’ by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning author of four previous books for young adults: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger, recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney.

Visit Markus Zusak's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781742613314
ISBN-10: 1742613314
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Type: Media tie-in