Tender, brutal and blazingly brilliant, the new novel from Christos Tsiolkas, the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap, takes an unflinching look at modern Australia – at our hopes and dreams, our friendships and our families – and asks what it means to be a good person, and what it takes to become one. Christos talks to David Marr about his biting and provocative novel Barracuda.
David Marr (Australian)
David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of four Quarterly Essays including his most recent, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell. His other works include Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and as co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He currently writes for the Guardian Australia and serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels: Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe,which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for his novel, The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. His most recent book is Barracuda.