Reviews

  • ". . . 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
  • "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
  • ". . . 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, Daily Express
  • ". . . a moving work which will make many eyes brim"

    Marianne Brace, Independent on Sunday
  • ". . . it is certainly extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry"

    Lisa Hilton, Seven - The Independent