Christos Tsiolkas is a Melbourne based writer of novels, plays and scripts. His first novel ‘Loaded’ was turned into the film ‘Head On’ by Ana Kokkinos. His third novel ‘Dead Europe’ won The Age Fiction Book of the Year prize in 2006 and also the Melbourne Prize for that year. His latest novel ‘The Slap’ has won him critical acclaim as well as a slew of awards. It won Overall Best Book from the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009, ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2009 and Overall Book of the Year 2009, ABA Book of the Year 2009, ALS Gold Medal 2009 and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2009. It was also shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Prize 2009 and the Colin Roderick Award 2008.
“I knew I wanted to be a writer when my Year Eight English teacher held up a piece of my creative writing and declared it ‘filth,” says Tsiolkas. “Though I tried desperately to escape suburbia I soon realised that you can take the boy out of the suburbs but you can’t necessarily take the suburbs out of the boy. My novels, fictions and scripts are an attempt to explore the crevices and dark spaces of the Australian suburban landscape, and in doing so to hopefully scrawl a huge ugly handle-bar moustache over the dirty-blonde, blue-eyed Aryan iconography of this Great Southern Land.”
‘The Slap’ is a set of eight vignettes told from the perspectives of eight different adults, one of them gay, who were all present at a suburban Melbourne barbeque when a man slapped someone else’s out of control four-year-old son. The event forces them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires. It’s a novel that examines love, marriage, sexuality, parenting and children.
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