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 40 languages. First released in 2005, THE BOOK THIEF has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.
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 the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur prize in Germany.
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 at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, 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 now been adapted into a major motion picture.
Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.