Compass - Christos Tsiolkas: Man behind The Slap

Geraldine Doogue talks life, love and religion with Christos Tsiolkas, author of the best-selling novel The Slap, now a new ABC1 television drama. The elder son of migrants, Christos was born and raised in Melbourne as a Greek Orthodox Christian. But as a teenager struggling with his identity and sexuality, he briefly turned to Pentecostalism before turning away from religion altogether. From his earliest years as a writer - social morality, beliefs, relationships and sexuality have been recurring themes in his works. These include: the novels Loaded, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe; and the plays Who's Afraid of the Working Class? and Dead Caucasians. The Slap, published in 2008, became that rare literary event - an award-winning, best-seller.

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