Born in Sydney, the Australian novelist Markus Zusak began writing at the age of 16 but worked variously as a janitor, house painter and school teacher before publishing his first novel, The Underdog in 1999. The novel forms the first part of a trilogy with the sequels, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry. These novels and their follow-up, The Messenger, were lauded in Australia, earning Zusak several awards but it wasn’t until his The Book Thief was published in 2006 that he achieved worldwide acclaim. The novel continues to be an international bestseller and remains one of Waterstones most regularly recommended reads. Zusak’s much-anticipated new novel, Bridge of Clay - ten years in the making – is published in October 2018.
Well over a decade since his The Book Thief hit the shelves to become a true publishing phenomenon, Markus Zusak returns to bring us a story that brims with life and reason for being.Bridge of Clay is about a boy caught in the current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. This is a young life in search of greatness, seeking the ultimate cure for his memory and tragedy. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It’s his attempt to transcend humanness, to make a single, glorious moment. It will be a miracle and nothing less.