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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This past Friday I was treated to a pre-screening of The Book Thief movie by Exclusive Books. I hadn’t read the book (but had heard lots about it) and didn’t know what to expect. Now, having seen the movie guess what the next book is that I’ll be buying!

The film adaptation releases in South African cinemas this Friday (24th of January).

Here is a small fact – you are going to die.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

Some important information – this novel is narrated by death.

It’s a small story, about: a girl; an accordionist; some fanatical Germans; a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.

Another thing you should know – death will visit the book thief three times.

CLICK HERE to watch the official trailer for The Book Thief.

About the author


Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including I am the Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

Published by Random House Struik

ISBN: 9780552779739

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To celebrate the release of The Book Thief movie in South Africa, Exclusive Books is running a very special competition.

They love the imagery and beauty of The Book Thief. They also love Pinterest, Instagram, Snapseed and filters. See where they’re going with this?

Take a photo of a copy of The Book Thief, make it the most beautiful photo ever taken and send it to They will put all of the photos up on their Pinterest board, and the photo with the most likes will win a R5000 Exclusive Books voucher! 

The competition closes on Sunday the 26th of January ’14 – click HERE to read the T&Cs.


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WIN a fabulous book hamper from Exclusive Books

EB HamperStand in line to win this fabulous Wish List hamper of books courtesy of Exclusive Books. AND, the books will be delivered to you before the 24th of December – what a wonderful Christmas present!

  • Braai by Reuben Riffel
  • The War at Home by Bill Nasson & Albert Grundlingh
  • Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Great Escaper by Simon Pearson
  • The French Affair by Jan Hendrik van Der Westhuizen
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

LIKE this page on the Facebook share button below and stand in line to win (the winner will be announced on Wednesday, the 18th of December).


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The 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Long-list

Longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction


After receiving 151 submissions for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the judges have decided on the long-list:  here are the 13 novels that have cracked the nod:


  1. Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)
  2. NoViolet Bulawayo – We Need New Names (Chatto & Windus)
  3. Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries (Granta)
  4. Jim Crace – Harvest (Picador)
  5. Eve Harris – The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (Sandstone Press)
  6. Richard House – The Kills (Picador)
  7. Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland (Bloomsbury)
  8. Alison MacLeod – Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton)
  9. Colum McCann – TransAtlantic (Bloomsbury)
  10. Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English (Mantle)
  11. Ruth Ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being (Canongate)
  12. Donal Ryan -The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)
  13. Colm Tóibín – The Testament of Mary (Viking)

The short-list will be announced on the 10th of September, and the winner announced on the 15th of October ’13.


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WIN – Two Peter Rabbit Easter books

Why not make Easter a little bit more interesting for your kids this year?  Picture them finding two Peter Rabbit books from the “actual” Easter bunny, in YOUR garden!

Easter Book Giveaway

To stand a chance to win these two books (thanks to our friends at Penguin Books), all you need to do is answer this simple question – What date is Easter Sunday this year?

Leave your answer in the comment field.

All the correct entries (from Facebook, Twitter and the website) will be put into a hat, and Mr Bunny is making a special trip here to draw one lucky winner on the 20th of March.


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