The Book Thief author Markus Zusak announces new book

The Book Thief author Markus Zusak announces new book

After almost a decade of waiting, it’s finally here.MZ

Markus Zusak, author of bestselling novel and film adaptation The Book Thief, has just announced that he is publishing his new book Bridge of Clay.

According to the author, Bridge of Clay has been a work-in-progress for over 10 years, but the idea for the story originally came to him when he was nineteen. Zusak told the New York Times that he struggled to find the right energy to carry the book over the years. ‘I could write this book until I die and it still won’t be the way I want it. But I think now it’s got the right heart and I think once you’ve got that then you’ve got an obligation to yourself to see it through and you hope people will find that in it.”

Bridge of Clay is due for publication in October this year.

Synopsis

Let me tell you about our brother. The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay. Everything happened to him. We were all of us changed through him.The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy – their mother is dead, their father has fled – they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.A miracle and nothing less.Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

Synopsis

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.#2 in Australia's Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads#12 in Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books poll , 2014#2 in Australia's Top 100 2016
Markus Zusak
About the author

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak lives in Sydney with his wife, daughter and son. He has written five novels: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry, The Messenger and The Book Thief, which has gone on to sell over eight million copies in thirty eight languages.

Books by Markus Zusak

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