The Thief of Time

by John Boyne

Debut Books of the Month Fantasy Historical Fiction

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Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery and redemption. It's France in 1758, 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.

The Thief of Time Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9780552776158
Publication date: 14/04/2011
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552776158
Publication date: 14th April 2011
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About John Boyne

John Boyne was our Guest Editor in May 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.   John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His early writing consisted mostly of short stories and he published a number of them. His first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, he has published about 70 short stories. He has published seven novels: THE THIEF ...

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