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Bold, dark and compelling, The Toymaker is a novel about privilege, fear and the great harm we can do when we are afraid of losing what we hold dear.

A person is defined by the secrets they keep.

Adam Kulakov likes his life. He’s on the right side of middle age; the toy company he owns brightens the lives of children around the world; and he has more money than he can ever spend, a wife and child he adores, and as many mistresses as he can reasonably hide from them.

And he is not the only one with secrets. In 1944, Adam’s grandfather, Arkady, was imprisoned in Auschwitz and given an impossible choice. Now, as he’s coming to end of his life, he has to keep the truth from his family, and hold back the crushing memories of his time with one of history’s greatest monsters.

As a mistake threatens to bring Adam’s world tumbling down around him, the past reaches for Arkady. Everything he’s spent a lifetime building will be threatened, as will everything Adam and his family think they know of the world.

Bold, dark and compelling, The Toymaker is a novel about privilege, fear and the great harm we can do when we are afraid of losing what we hold dear.

Reviews

Pieper writes superbly. The Toymaker gives immediate and absorbing pleasure, and has similarities to J M Coetzee's Disgrace in terms of the main character's wretched search for redemption, both for himself and for humanity.

Hilary Simmons, Books+Publishing

Hugely memorable, The Toymaker is an unflinching examination of the dark instinct for survival that lies in all of us

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

The Toymaker is a bold and compelling tale, from a writer properly assured of his skills.

Peter Pierce, Weekend Australian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143784623

    January 30, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    272 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780670079384

    June 27, 2016

    Hamish Hamilton (AU Adult)

    272 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781760142735

    June 27, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    272 pages

    RRP $29.99

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Extract

Adam came into her office without knocking, startling her, and asked her if she’d seen his phone. She hadn’t but she called it, let it ring out, while Adam looked on, hopeful, then downcast. 

‘I’ve probably left it in the car.’ He smiled then slipped out, and Tess returned to her accounts. She was trying to hunt down the person behind the abuse of the company charge card, or had been, but she’d become distracted by finding more and more fiscal misconduct. It wasn’t a few indiscretions – someone was systematically ripping off the company. 
 

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