Christos Tsiolkas - The Slap

With James Naughtie.

Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas responds to readers' questions about his award-winning debut The Slap.
The book generated considerable debate - should you slap a child who's misbehaving, but isn't yours? In this controversial novel Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident from eight very different perspectives and examines how its aftermath reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.
He explains how he uses this one event to discuss the realities of contemporary Australian society - its materialism and racial prejudices, and how lives of the immigrants' children are so different from their parents'.

June's Bookclub choice is Room by Emma Donoghue

Produced by Dymphna Flynn.

Release date:

Available now

28 minutes

Last on

Thu 8 May 2014 15:30

Related topics


Role Contributor
PresenterJames Naughtie
Interviewed GuestChristos Tsiolkas
ProducerDymphna Flynn

Seven European bestsellers you should read in 2017

Library Stockholm

Renowned European writers you might not have heard of but you really should read.

Explore James Naughtie's picks from 200 editions

BC montage

A treasure trove of the 20th and 21st Century’s great writers discussing their work

More from Books at the BBC

Books at BBC logo

Author interviews, readings, documentaries and highlights from the BBC's books content

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Clips of Books Content

Interviews, previews and reviews