'Extraordinary.... The various strands of the story are resolved with a stylish twist and genuine warmth.' The Sunday Express
'A minor masterpiece of organisation and historical sampling.' Time Out
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.
What readers are saying about Thief of Time:
***** 'Beautifully written with a story that will stay with me for a very long time.'
***** 'Captivating from start to finish!'
***** 'Boyne is a born storyteller.'
John Boyne's upcoming novel, THE ECHO CHAMBER, is available for pre-order now.
An extraordinary début
A minor masterpiece
Boyne should be congratulated for his spirited take on an old theme
Boyne is a skilful storyteller, expertly weaving differing stories together
From John Boyne to Jan Carson, here are four books the Penguin Ireland team can’t wait to start reading this Spring.
John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky tells a timely tale of the lies, ambition and manipulation of a ruthless writer with great talent but no imagination. Maurice Swift, a would-be author who befriends an older novelist to further his career is the main character. Here, John Boyne introduces an extract by explaining his motivation.