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People of the Book

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding--an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair--she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah's extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna's investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

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Hardback Editions

May 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: People of the Book (Charnwood)
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 1-84782-646-6 / 978-1-84782-646-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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April 2009 : USA Library Binding
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 1-4395-9868-1 / 978-1-4395-9868-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 1-60285-125-5 / 978-1-60285-125-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
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January 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-00-717743-7 / 978-0-670-01821-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-670-01821-X / 978-0-670-01821-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Viking Press
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : Australia Paperback
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Title: People of The Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-7322-9738-9 / 978-0-7322-9738-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins
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April 2009 : Australia Paperback
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Title: People of the Book (A&R Classics)
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-7322-8038-9 / 978-0-7322-8038-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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December 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-14-311500-6 / 978-0-14-311500-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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November 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-00-731063-3 / 978-0-00-731063-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-00-717742-9 / 978-0-00-717742-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-00-728828-X / 978-0-00-728828-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2008 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-14-311454-9 / 978-0-14-311454-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Lcc Us
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February 2008 : Australia Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-7322-8037-0 / 978-0-7322-8037-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-00-726503-4 / 978-0-00-726503-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-7394-9857-6 / 978-0-7394-9857-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Audio Editions

November 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: People of the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-451-48638-2 / 978-0-451-48638-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 1-4551-3561-5 / 978-1-4551-3561-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: People of the Book
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Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: People of the Book
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January 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks, Edwina Wren
ISBN: 1-4332-1268-4 / 978-1-4332-1268-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 0-14-314298-4 / 978-0-14-314298-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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January 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 1-4332-1270-6 / 978-1-4332-1270-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
ISBN: 1-4332-1269-2 / 978-1-4332-1269-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: People of the Book
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: People of the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: Penguin Books
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