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It was the winter of 2010 and the snow arrived.
It might have been the weather, or my state of mind, but rarely have I come across a book that has touched me so much that I feel the need to share it.
You may not think that a book set in Nazi Germany narrated by death sounds like an appealing read during the cheery festive season, but after my last read I needed uplifting. Having been recommended to me by numerous friends, I picked it up and began to read. Written by Australian author Markus Zusak, The Book Thief was published in 2007 and received critical acclaim on an international level.
As the snow thawed, the tale of a little girls survival while the bombs fell kept me engrossed and I couldn’t help but be uplifted by how the human spirit triumphs in the most adverse circumstances.

By Gemma Greig, Amy Gooda, Zuzana Hajasova and Eva Barton