The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – as suggested by my friend over the Christmas holidays and as serendipitously found in the Oxfam bookshop about a week later.
Review: This was a much harder read than the previous two books have been, partly due to length, and partly due to subject matter. This begins in 1939 in Nazi Germany, and is the story of a nine-year-old girl, as narrated by Death. I’ve been a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Death for decades, so I wasn’t sure how I would warm to a different incarnation.
This is a really interesting take on a period which has been talked and written about often. It’s compelling, and is written in a manageable way which makes it easier to read given the length. There’s a universality running through it which I liked.
Start date: 6/1/2017
Finish date: 15/1/2017
Location(s): living room, hairdresser