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Transworld are set to publish the new literary novel from Markus Zusak, the internationally acclaimed bestselling author of The Book ThiefBridge of Clay will be published by Doubleday in hardback on 11 October 2018.

Released ten years after the The Book Thief, now considered a modern classic, the book will tell the story of the five Dunbar brothers, who are living – fighting, dreaming, loving – in the perfect squalor of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in.

But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left?

At the helm is Matthew, cynical, poetic; Rory, forever truanting; Henry, the money-spinner; and young Tommy, the pet collector who has colonized the house with dysfunctional pets, including Achilles the mule and Rosy the Border collie. 

And then there’s Clay, the quiet one, his whole young life haunted by an unspeakable act.

From the tale of their grandfather, whose passion for the ancient Greeks still colours their lives, to the mother and father who met over a mislaid piano, to the present day, where five sons dwell in a house with no rules, Bridge of Clay is an epic portrait of a ramshackle family and the unburying of one boy’s tragic secret.

Upon announcing the release, Editorial Director Jane Lawson commented "I’m utterly thrilled to be publishing this stunning literary novel which has absolutely been worth the wait. Bridge of Clay is as original, ambitious and intensely moving as only Markus Zusak can be."

Bill Scott-Kerr, Publisher, added "Markus’ amazing storytelling ability and his innate artistry has long been a thing of wonder to me and the chance to make this magnificent novel, at once layered, subtle and exuberant, into one of the year’s literary events is one which all of us at Transworld are relishing."

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  • Bridge of Clay


    '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

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

    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.


    '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

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