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Daniel Kelly, a talented young swimmer, has one chance to escape his working-class upbringing. His astonishing ability in the pool should drive him to fame and fortune, as well as his revenge on the rich boys at the private school to which he has won a sports scholarship. Everything Danny has ever done, every sacrifice his family has ever made, has been in pursuit of his dream. But when he melts down at his first big international championship and comes only fifth, he begins to destroy everything he has fought for and turn on everyone around him. Tender and savage, Barracuda is a novel about dreams and disillusionment, friendship and family. As Daniel Kelly loses everything, he learns what it means to be a good person - and what it takes to become one.

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 43mm | 600g
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782392424
  • 9781782392422
  • 5,792

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Tsiolkas is a master chronicler of the zeitgeist... The words hurtle out as he depicts characters trapped between irreconcilable worlds...Individuals who are intense, complex and flawed but must ultimately cleave towards tenderness and discover generosity. If The Slap was excellent material for a TV series, then Barracuda's more substantial plot has all the hallmarks of a feature film. --Guardian Barracuda is classic Tsiolkas: impassioned, at times brutal...and written with an honesty that can be alarming, but always riveting. It will no doubt divide readers in much the same way that his other novels did. --Sydney Morning Herald After the success of The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas could be excused for feeling he had nothing more to prove. Yet, Barracuda is surely his most personal and heartfelt book to date, and his most accomplished... There is not a more important writer working in Australia today. --Prepublication review, Bookseller & Publisher

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About Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe and The Slap, which won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. He lives in Melbourne.

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