1. Bridge of Clay is Markus’s first novel in the twelve years since The Book Thief,  which was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, winner of the Independent Book Award and many other prizes worldwide. This is Zusak's first book for adults.

2. It stars five orphaned boys living in a house with no rules (and no adults), but plenty of animals, including a mule named Achilles, Telemachus the budgie, Agamemnon the goldfish, also a cat and a dog.

3. It is narrated by the eldest of the five brothers. As with The Book Thief, the narrative voice is striking, oozing with warmth and often sarcastic. It is a story told backwards and inside out.

4. This book features obsessions with piano playing, long-distance running, Homer’s Odyssey (which the grandparents, the parents, and now the boys read obsessively) and Michelangelo’s art, especially the statue of David.

 5. Bridge of Clay  will be available to buy on the 11th October 2018, so clear your reading pile and enjoy. 

  • Bridge of Clay

  • ‘Achingly moving, delightfully funny, and thoroughly uplifting.’ M L STEDMAN, author of THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
    ‘Rowdy and joyous, with flashes of wit and insight, and ultimately moving’ TIMES

    Our mother was dead. Our father had fled.

    Five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, loving, grieving – in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups.

    This is a family rocked by tragedy and long buried secrets. To understand his family’s story, Matthew Dunbar must travel to find three things. A lost typewriter -- A dead dog -- The bones of the snake that killed it.

    He will learn of a mother who crosses continents for a new home; of a father searching for love in the keys of an old piano; and, finally, of a brother named Clay, who will make the most challenging journey of them all, and change their lives for ever.

    Readers love Bridge of Clay:

    ***** ‘Page upon glorious page left my heart bruised, but gratefully beating’
    ***** ‘A book rarely touches me so emotionally’
    ***** ‘Original, compelling and richly resonant’

    'One of those monumental books that can draw you across space and time' WASHINGTON POST
    'This book blew me away' JODI PICOULT
    'Devastating, demanding, deeply moving' WALL STREET JOURNAL
    'Moving and epic' STYLIST

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