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A Fraction of the Whole

by Steve Toltz

Debut Books of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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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.

A Fraction of the Whole Synopsis

Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything – from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs and passing on his self-taught knowledge to his son, Jasper. But now that his father's dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the man who raised him in intellectual captivity, and the irony is this: theirs was a great adventure.

As he recollects the extraordinary events that led to his father's demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries – about his infamous criminal uncle, his mysteriously absent mother, and Martin's constant battle to leave his mark on the world. From the Australian bush to the cafes of Paris; from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition, this is an unforgettable, rollicking and deeply moving family story.

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ISBN: 9780241143902
Publication date: 29/05/2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780241143902
Publication date: 29th May 2008
Author: Steve Toltz
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction,

About Steve Toltz

Steve Toltz was born in Sydney, Australia. A Fraction of the Whole, his first novel, wasreleased in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2008 ManBooker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. He currently lives in New York.   Author photo © Prudence Upton

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