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    DescriptionDaniel 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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    Title
    Barracuda
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christos Tsiolkas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 528
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 609 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781782392446
    ISBN 10: 1782392440
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.92
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Imprint name
    Corvus
    Publication date
    08 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Christos Tsiolkas is the author of The Slap, which won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. He lives in Melbourne.
    Review quote
    Tsiolkas writes with compelling clarity about the primal stuff that drives us all: the love and hate and fear of failure... A brilliant, beautiful book. If it doesn't make you cry, you can't be fully alive. --Sunday Times I finished Barracuda on a high: moved, elated, immersed... This is the work of a superb writer who has completely mastered his craft but lost nothing of his fiery spirit in so doing. It is a big achievement. --Guardian Terrific --Kate Saunders, The Times Masterful, addictive, clear-eyed storytelling about the real business of life: winning and losing --Viv Groskop, Red Online This involving and substantial tale - surprisingly tender for all its sweary shock-value - is carried swiftly along by Tsiolkas's athletic, often lyrical prose. --Daily Mail The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas's bestselling previous novel declared "Welcome to Australia in the early 21st century." The same semi-ironic sentiment echoes throughout Barracuda, which is, if anything, an even greater novel... It may tell an old, old story, but it has rarely been told in a better way --Sunday Telegraph Christos Tsiolkas is in his natural element, with sentences gliding elegantly until the reader is utterly submerged in this absorbing story --Metro This is a compelling, moving novel about identity, failure and the redemptive power of family --Mail on Sunday