A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.
Love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, sacrifice and revelation.....This incendiary collection of stories from acclaimed bestselling international writer Christos Tsiolkas takes you deep into worlds both strange and familiar, and characters that will never let you go...
Read Caroline Baum's Review
I often have the feeling after reading short stories that they are the reading equivalent of snack food: they leave me hungry after twenty minutes, wanting something more substantial and nourishing. Christos Tsiolkas’ collection is definitely not salted peanuts. It’s more like a great big grass fed steak; there’s so much to chew on here, so much high protein content: all the darkest human desires and impulses are served up, rare, if not downright bloody. The experience of reading this collection is bracing, thrilling, energising. It overflows with a vigorous engagement with emotional and moral conflict and vitality. Its characters are earthed, physically charged with the current that makes humanity fizz and fizzle, spark and short circuit.
'...there is not a more important writer working in Australia today.' AB&P
'Tsiolkas has become that rarest kind of writer in Australia, a serious literary writer who is also unputdownable, a mesmerising master of how to tell a story. He has this ability more than any other writer in the country....' Peter Craven, The Sun Herald
'The sheer energy of Tsiolkas' writing - its urgency and passion and sudden jags of tenderness - is often an end in itself: a thrilling, galvanising reminder of the capacity of fiction to speak to the world it inhabits.' James Bradley, The Monthly..