As you might expect from an Australian author, this book tells it to you straight to the extent that, as you might expect from the title, it hits you right in the face. The Slap explores modern behavioural correctness in a world, and a language, where morality seems to have been turned upside down. For all its directness, this is a 21st Century book that deserves the praise that has been heaped upon it. But you might want to read it yourself before you lend it to your Mum.
March 2011 Book of the Month.
At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy.
The boy is not his son.
It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.
'Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.'
'A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece.' Chris Cleave
'The Slap is nothing short of a tour de force.' Colm Toibin
'Now and then a book comes along that defines a summer. This year that book is The Slap...The writing has shades of Martin Amis, Nick Hornby and Anne Tyler... The ideal summer read.' Daily Telegraph
'As addictive as the best soap opera.' Daily Mail
'A tremendously vital book in every sense.' Sunday Times
Publication date: 17/03/2011
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Publisher: Tuskar Rock an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||17th March 2011|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne. Author photo © Zoe AliMore About Christos Tsiolkas