The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the slap.

In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires. –

If you’re like me and you enjoy a bit of a soap opera or a drama every now and
then, you’re going to love The Slap.

Reading this was like being a fly on the wall in other people’s lives while they
all rapidly go downhill.

It all starts with a slap. A slap that brings family tensions throughout
generations to the surface, destroying as many lives as it brings together. If
you’re keen for lies, deceit, secrets and rumours that you don’t have to get
involved in personally, and you enjoy a bit of gossip (honestly, who doesn’t when
it’s harmless?!) then I urge you to pick up this book.

It can look a little intimidating on the outside because of it’s length but
Tsiolkas has a writing style that is easy to read, much like a lot of us
Aussies/wogs speak (I’m Maltese/Latvian), and entertaining so it’s a much quicker
read than it seems.

There’s not a dull moment.

If you’ve read it, let me know how you enjoyed it!


  • Drama. Endless amounts of drama.
  • Secrets
  • Family/intimate relationships put to the test
  • Definitely rereadable

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