One of the major disagreements I have with people when discussing books is over whether unlikeable characters diminish one’s enjoyment of it. I remember having a quite heated debate over the characters in Chistos Tsiolkas’s novel ‘ 702 more words
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Fourteen-year-old Daniel Kelly is special. Despite his upbringing in working-class Melbourne, he knows that his astonishing ability in the swimming pool has the potential to transform his life, silence the rich boys at the private school to which he has won a sports scholarship, and take him far beyond his neighborhood, possibly to international stardom and an Olympic medal. 341 more words
“There are not enough great international novels about failure. This is one of them.”
A Writer’s review of Christos Tsiolkas’ Barracuda.
AN Australian book tackling the mask of bravado worn by the successful Aussie sportsman was well overdue by the time Christos Tsiolkas’ …636 more words
THE high-risk world of professional swimming comes under the microscope in the ABC’s new mini-series Barracuda.
Based on award-winning novelist Christos Tsiolkas’ book of the same name, the four-part drama follows 16-year-old swimmer Danny Kelly (Elias Anton, pictured, in his television debut). 283 more words
TONIGHT on ABC TV (Aus) 8.40pm
Danny Kelly (Elias Anton) is intense, stoic and watchful. When we first meet the 16-year-old scholarship student, he’s rising in darkness as the city sleeps. 626 more words
Christos Tsiolkas’s award-winning novel The Slap brought the Melbourne writer international success and was adapted into a compelling eight-part TV series by Matchbox Pictures, with some skilful scriptwriting and direction reinforcing his pitiless dissection of suburban Australian living. 840 more words