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The dazzling first novel from the author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Mutiny on the Bounty and The House of Special Purpose.

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.

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.

Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery - and redemption.

Reviews

An extraordinary début

Sunday Express

A minor masterpiece

Time Out

Boyne should be congratulated for his spirited take on an old theme

Guardian

Boyne is a skilful storyteller, expertly weaving differing stories together

Sunday Tribune

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552776158

    October 1, 2010

    Black Swan

    528 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • EBook

    9781407068879

    October 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    528 pages

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Also by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
Beneath the Earth
A History of Loneliness
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
This House is Haunted
Next of Kin
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
Crippen
The Absolutist
The Congress of Rough Riders
Noah Barleywater Runs Away
The House of Special Purpose
Mutiny On The Bounty
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime
Colombiano
The Light Between Oceans
Ready Player One