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The Slap

The Slap

At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly three-year-old boy.

The boy is not his son.

It is a single act of violence, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it.

Christos Tsiolkas presents the impact of this apparently minor domestic incident through the eyes of eight characters. The result is an unflinching interrogation of the modern family, a deeply thought-provoking novel of boundaries and their limits…

About the Author

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of three previous 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 Writers’ Prize in 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. The Slap has been on Australian bestseller lists since its publication in 2008, and in 2009 it was the fourth biggest-selling title by an Australian author.  It has also been a Canadian bestseller.  

Christos Tsiolkas is also a playwright, essayist and screenwriter. He lives in Melbourne.