'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 millions 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 reaches the 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. 'His writing is electric' Weekend Australian 'Pieper is a sharp, smart and classy writer' Saturday Paper
Liam Pieper is a Melbourne-based author and journalist. His 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, follows his journey from starry-eyed flower child to inept gangster. It was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award, and selected as a State Library of Victoria Summer Read and the 2015 One Book One Wagga pick. His most recent book is the Penguin Special Mistakes Were Made, a volume of humorous essays of which the Weekend Australian wrote, 'His writing is electric.' He was co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Award, and the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague. You can find him on Twitter @liampieper or on the Internet Proper at liampieper.com.