The Book Thief
The story of a young German girl who steals books, her family and the Jewish boxer hidden in their basement as they struggle to survive in Nazi Germany. Narrated by Death, it's an unusual and affecting story, and was the top selling debut literary hardback of 2007, with sales of over 193,000 copies. Now a 2013 film produced by 20th Century Fox.
"Extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry." -- Lisa Hilton Sunday Telegraph
'Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming... this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told.' The Guardian
The author, Martin Sixsmith, was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary first to Harriet Harman, then to Alistair Darling and finally to Stephen Byers. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. He is the author of Philomena, as well as the novels Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh, and the non-fiction books Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System and The Litvinenko File: The True Story of a Death Foretold. He lives in London.
Philomena is now a 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Movie! Discover more at imdb and watch the trailer!