'Christos Tsiolkas is a writer of strength and courage. He burst on to the literary scene with his debut novel Loaded. The Slap solidified his place as one of the top writers writing today, and he followed it up with another critical and commercial success, Barracuda. He has written novels, short stories, plays, essays and film reviews. I spent more than an hour with Christos at the State Library of Victoria. His experience and his love of writing began with the books his parents gave him.' (Introduction)
Unit Suitable For AC: Senior Secondary Literature (Unit 3)
Australian culture, Australian identity, migrant experience, perspective, place, style and form
Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Personal and social
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Christos cites Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and David Copperfield, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn, and Peter Benchley’s Jaws as influences from an early age. He is also a fan of C. S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.