A book narrated by Death doesn't sound like the most instantly appealing novel but Death, it turns out, is a lovely gentle character whose heart is often touched by sorrow.
The story is set in Nazi Germany, and the book thief of the title is a small girl. The story revolves around her, her foster Mama and Papa, a Jew, her best friend and the Mayor's wife.
It's strange - and totally stupid I know - but I'd never thought of German people having to go into air raid shelters or being bombed and killed, and forced into things they couldn't avoid.
Of course there are some characters in the book who support Hitler but most are just trying to survive.
It's a sad and lovely story. Apart from Death himself my favourite character is the best friend, Rudy, 'a boy with hair the colour of lemons'. He's cheeky and daring, brave and devoted, faithful and loving.
I'd recommend this book.