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Steve Toltz was born in Sydney, Australia. A Fraction of the Whole, his first novel, was
released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Man
Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. He currently lives in New York.
Author photo © Prudence Upton
Author, Liam, researches the police force to write his novel from an officer’s point of view and ends up reluctantly becoming a policeman himself! His book fails. His next subject is based on a life-long friend, Aldo, an entrepreneur who is also a petty criminal just out of prison. The tale is told from both points of view. It is a densely written, extraordinary tale of friendship, loss and failure. Reflecting on both their lives and loves, this linguistically brilliant tragic-comic novel must be read slowly, chewed over and inwardly digested. It is horrific, funny, emotional, disturbing, very clever and truly inspirational. A long, sad tale of an optimist who bounces from one tragedy to the next, always believing that somewhere along the line he will make good. It is not an easy read, you must persevere, some will find it tough but if it is to your taste it is hugely rewarding.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008 One of two debut novels in the 2008 Man Booker shortlist and it certainly deserves the recognition. Great characterisation, plot and observations on a disjointed family.