Markus Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian writer of German origin. He is the author of five books, including the internationally bestselling novels The Book Thief and The Messenger. His works have won several accolades ranging from literary prizes to readers' choice awards. Zusak was the recipient of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award and Margaret A. Edwards Award in 2014. His novel The Book Thief was adapted into a film of the same name in 2013. Zusak currently lives in Sydney, Australia and continues to write fiction.