The Slap

The Slap

By (author) Christos Tsiolkas


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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.

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 130 x 202 x 42mm | 539.99g
  • 17 Mar 2011
  • London
  • English
  • 1848873565
  • 9781848873568
  • 1,197

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Author Information

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.

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Review quote

'The must-read novel of the summer.' Guardian 'Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.' John Boyne

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Customer reviews

Very Disappointing

This is one of the few books that I didn't finish reading. Very over hyped & totally over rated. Don't waste your time with it & more
by Donal Kingston


I found it difficult to follow as there were lots and lots of characters, many with similar (unusual) names. The first half of the book is actually about the slap and the aftermath. I'm not really sure why the second half of the book exists, and the ending was a big anti-climax. Although there were some good bits, I wouldn't recommend more
by Shaun Flynn

The Slap

Loved it! So realistic with regards to the characters and the reaction to everyday events. The author manages to accurately capture the current Australian oversensitive reaction to a slap and the legal implications, and all this from the vantage point of so many different characters - likeable or not. If it were a true story, you could not help but feel very anxious about poor little Hugo's future worldview shaped by his confused more
by Ellen Segger


Christos Tsialkos has written a book in which each character is delineated and fleshed out brilliantly. He enables (or even forces) you to see the situation from eight separate points of view. Just when you've decided who you agree with and who you disagree with, he makes you see from a different perspective. That he is able to convincingly see "inside the heads" of eight diverse characters is a major achievement. His portrayal of contemporary urban Australia is rich and complex and he makes the reader examine their own reactions and prejudices. I I found this book compelling and superbly more
by Mark Johnson

Loved It

Hooked very early on, required concentration as there were so many charachters. Most enjoyable despite the abrubt and loose ending ? Maybe there will be more SLAPSshow more
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