02 March 2018

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

  • THE EPIC BESTSELLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THIEF

    ‘If The Book Thief was a novel that allowed Death to steal the show... [its] brilliantly illuminated follow-up is affirmatively full of life’ Guardian

    A lost typewriter -- A dead dog -- The bones of the snake that killed it

    Matthew Dunbar, eldest of five brothers, is on a journey to find them all. Only then can he tell the astonishing story of his family, rocked by tragedy and a long-buried secret.

    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.

    An epic and spellbinding quest for redemption and greatness, Bridge of Clay will take you to many places, and will ask two eternal questions: where are you going, and who will you be when you get there …?


    'This is a tale of love, art and redemption; rowdy and joyous.' Times

    'Bridge of Clay is 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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