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Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak

Paperback Published: 9th October 2018
ISBN: 9781760559922
Number Of Pages: 592

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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.


Beautiful words, intriguing story


This is a classic Zusak. Just as Book Thief & Messenger are beautifully crafted & unique in their plot, so is Bridge of Clay. Makes you fall in love with the vulnerability, and emotional fragility of the male species. Great holiday read, or luxurious curl up on the couch and read days.



Very different style


Hard to get into but once your in your hooked



Intriguing Read


You would think this is a story about mean guys, but reason and you find it is not. The love of the brothers is paramount.



Ultimately rewarding


Surprised that it was quite difficult to get into this story, but eventually I got used to the frequent change of rhythm and time and characters, and enjoyed it. Friends visiting from far away said they'd had the same experience. Seems strange when we're all bookworms. Just don't expect anything like The Book Thief.

Rural NSW


Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully written


Wonderful book. One of the best I have ever read



Classic Zuzak


This is a story slow to unfold...leaves you with the feeling that characters are just mean blokes, asbyou finish each chapter. But it justifies tje waiting when tje conclision comes.



Wonderful story of family and five testosterone charged boys


Love the authors use of words and small chapters,



Magnificent writing and story telling!


Once again Markus Zusak has succeeded in engaging the reader into the lives of his characters. Heartwarming stories, both funny and tragic in a heartfelt way. I didn't want the book to end.



you will cry, Bless You, you will cry


"Clay is our brother" welcomes us into the Dunbar family. Have you read Fighting Ruben Wolfe? Bridge of Clay has the same rough love.......... the same comradely, clannish love. I considered The Messenger to be Markus' best book. His words on the page are so compelling and used so sparingly. He has such a gift for encouraging his readers to work and use our imagination. Bridge of Clay is his Grown Up book. Congratulations.



A little hard to get into but persistence pays off.


A bit hard to get into but persistence paid off. Interesting characters. Some not quite believable.

Launceston Tas


Bridge of Clay

4.5 11


ISBN: 9781760559922
ISBN-10: 176055992X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 9th October 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.73

Markus Zusak

About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day.

His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (also known as Getting the Girl), released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia and the USA.

The Messenger (or I am the Messenger), published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America. It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including, in 2007, the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur Jugendjury prize in Germany, which he won again for The Book Thief in 2010. It is The Book Thief, however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia. It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories. It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has been voted as Australian readers’ favourite book by Dymocks three years running.

In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to screen, directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast was headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King’s Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also cast Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar), as Liesel Meminger.

The Guardian calls The Book Thief “a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told.” The New York Times: “Brilliant and hugely ambitious…the kind of book that can be life-changing.” The Age: “an original, moving, beautifully written book.”

In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association’s Margaret Edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, for his body of work ranging from The Underdog up to The Book Thief.

Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

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