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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

The epic new novel from the bestselling author of The Book Thief. Here is a story told inside out and back to front. Five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, loving, grieving - in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups.

Today, the father who left them has just walked right back in. He has a surprising request: Who will build a bridge with him? It is Clay, a boy tormented by a long-buried secret, who accepts. But why is Clay so broken? And why must he fulfil this extraordinary challenge?

Bridge of Clay is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be.

Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos.

Written in Markus Zusak's distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart.


Meet the Author Markus Zusak

Zusak was born in Sydney, Australia. His mother Lisa is originally from Germany and his father Helmut is from Austria. They emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s.Markus is the youngest of four children and has two sisters and one brother. He attended Engadine High School and briefly returned there to teach English while writing. He studied English and history at the University of New South Wales, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education.

Zusak is the author of six books. His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and When Dogs Cry, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally. The Book Thief was published in 2005 and has since been translated into more than 30 languages. The Book Thief was adapted as a film of the same name in 2013

His new literary novel BRIDGE OF CLAY is due out this October 2018. Markus Zusak lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.

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