Steve Toltz i(2 works by)
Born: Established: 1972 Wahroonga, Hornsby area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Steve Toltz was educated at Knox Grammar and Killara High School, Sydney. He continued his studies, in video production, at Newcastle University. Toltz has lived in Canada and has worked in various media-related jobs.

In 2009 Toltz was selected as one the Weekend Australian Magazine's ten 'Emerging Leaders' in the 'Culture' category.

Awards for Works

Quicksand 2015 single work novel

'The literary event of 2015. Steve Toltz follows his extraordinary debut, the Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole, with a novel that's just as edgy, hilarious and compelling: Quicksand, at once unmistakeably Toltzean and unlike anything that's come before.

'Aldo has been so relentlessly unlucky – in business, in love, in life – that the universe seems to have taken against him personally. Even Liam, his best friend, describes him as 'a well-known parasite and failure'. Aldo has always faced the future with optimism and despair in equal measure, but this last twist of fate may finally have brought him undone.

'There's hope, but not for Aldo.

'Liam hasn't been doing much better himself: a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted. But something good may come out of Aldo's lowest point. Liam may finally have found his inspiration. Together, maybe they can turn bad luck into an art form.

'What begins as a document of Aldo's disasters develops into a profound story of love lost, found and betrayed; of freedom and incarceration; of suffering and transcendence; of fate, faith and friendship; of taking risks – in art, work, love and life – and finding inspiration in all the wrong places.

'Quicksand is a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy that looks contemporary life unblinkingly in the eye. It confirms Steve Toltz as one of our most original and insightful novelists.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
A Fraction of the Whole 2008 single work novel

It's a simple family story ... From the New South Wales bush to bohemian Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs, from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky boat in the Pacific, A Fraction of the Whole follows the Deans on their freewheeling, scathingly funny and deeply moving quest to leave their mark on the world.

'After an injury which cut short a golden sporting career, Jasper's uncle became Australia's most beloved murderer. After a lifetime of impossible ideas and a brief stint as the country's saviour, Jasper's father became Australia's most loathed philosopher. This is Jasper's attempt to make sense of it all. (Back cover and Libraries Australia)

2010 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2009 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2009 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2009 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award
2009 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2008 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2008 shortlisted International Awards Booker Prize (UK)
2008 shortlisted International Awards Guardian First Book Award
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