Christos Tsiolkas

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Christos Tsiolkas (born 1965) is an Australian author of Greek heritage.[1]


He was born and grew up in Melbourne with his Greek immigrant parents, and was educated at Blackburn High School and the University of Melbourne where he completed an Arts Degree in 1987.[2] He edited the student newspaper Farrago in 1988.

Tsiolkas' first novel, Loaded (1995), was filmed as Head On (1998) by director Ana Kokkinos, starring Alex Dimitriades.[3] In 2006, his novel, Dead Europe, won The Age Book of the Year fiction award and was adapted into a film in 2012. In 2009, his fourth novel, The Slap, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009 for best novel in the South-East Asia and South Pacific area.

He is a Richmond Football Club supporter,[4] and openly gay.[5]


  • Loaded (1995)
  • Jump Cuts (with Sasha Soldatow, 1996)
  • The Jesus Man (1999)
  • The Devil's Playground (2002)
  • Dead Europe (2005)
  • The Slap (2008)
  • Barracuda (2013)


  • Who's Afraid of the Working Class? (with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius, 1999, adapted for film as Blessed)
  • Elektra AD (1999)
  • Viewing Blue Poles (2000)
  • Fever (with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius, 2002)
  • Dead Caucasians (2002)
  • Non Parlo di Salo (with Spiro Economopoulos, 2005)
  • The Hit (with Netta Yashin 2006)


  • Thug (with Spiro Economopoulos, 1998)
  • Saturn's Return (2000)

2006 "The Hit" Parallelo Theatre


  1. ^ The Guardian, Saturday 10 July 2010: "Christos Tsiolkas, whose parents emigrated from Greece..."
  2. ^ Agent Details Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  3. ^ Head On at the National Film and Sound Archive Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  4. ^ 1998 Telstra Adelaide Festival Retrieved 2007-07-22.
  5. ^ Watts, Richard (2005-07-03), "A fortunate son", The Age, retrieved 2007-08-19 

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