Bridge of Clay marks the long-awaited return of the internationally bestselling author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. The saga tells of an Australian family held together by stories, and a boy in search of greatness as a cure for a painful past. It has been lauded as “devastating, demanding and deeply moving” by The Wall Street Journal and “the kind of book that can be life-changing” by The New York Times. He joins Nicole Abadee.

Markus Zusak (Australian)

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is the international bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and most recently, Bridge of Clay. His work is translated into more than forty languages, and has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list. All of Zusak’s books – including earlier titles, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry (also titled Getting the Girl), The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) – have been awarded numerous honours around the world, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. In 2013, The Book Thief was made into a major motion picture, and in 2018 was voted one of America’s all-time favourite books, achieving 14th position on the PBS Great American Read. Also in 2018, Bridge of Clay was selected as a best book of the year in publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to the Wall Street Journal. Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

Nicole Abadee (Australian)

Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee is the books writer for The Australian Financial Review Magazine and she also writes about books from time to time for Good Weekend and Australian Book Review. She appears regularly as a facilitator at writers' festivals and is also a literary consultant, helping writers to get published.