Christos Tsiolkas

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

Early life[edit]

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


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. The Slap has been turned into both an Australian and U.S. television miniseries. Barracuda was adapted for television in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Tsiolkas 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)
  • Merciless Gods (2014)


  • 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 22 July 2007.
  3. ^ Head On at the National Film and Sound Archive Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  4. ^ 1998 Telstra Adelaide Festival Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  5. ^ Watts, Richard (3 July 2005), "A fortunate son", The Age, retrieved 19 August 2007 

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