The Slap

The Slap : One day, at a suburban barbeque, a man slaps a child who is not his own...

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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.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, THE SLAP is the most talked-about novel of 2010, and looks set to be the most read book of 2011.

'Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.' John Boyne
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 32mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Open Market Edition
  • 1848877994
  • 9781848877993
  • 4,151

About Christos Tsiolkas

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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Rating details

22,079 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 12% (2,744)
4 30% (6,533)
3 31% (6,747)
2 17% (3,663)
1 11% (2,392)

Our customer reviews

I agree with Natalie - I didn't like any of the characters. For a book that made it to the best sellers, it left me disappointed. I really dislike how a book feels the need to include overtly sexual passages when it does nothing to add to the storyline - just because it's a book for adults. The characters include paedophiles, rapists, cheaters and alcoholics, but nothing is done to them to make any feel any kind of remorse. I wanted justice for the innocents of the novel and never got it! And "the slap"? Merely used as a way to link the characters. I was waiting for a heated debate between characters that involved more than scowls and characters thinking to themselves that the others are liars. I wanted to see the court scene in full, to feel repercussions across the families - and yet all the reader gets is brief mentions of it between people *********** and cheating on each other. The writer has skill - the use of different characters for each chapter was good - but the content left me angry that these immature characters are thought of as "suburban Australian people" and the lack of resolution left me pissed more
by Miss Mary
A great topic for the times - Enjoyed the subject matter, the characters, the plot and reading so many viewpoints from eight different characters about what has proven to be a very contentious topic: To smack or not to smack. It is a rewarding read!show more
by Leonie Lewthwaite
I did not enjoy this book very much. I thought it was boring: I could not warm to the characters, the plot was not interesting and the exchanges between the characters superficial. I wonder why it was so highly ranked in the bestsellers more
by Natalie Negre
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