In Christos Tsiolkas’s first foray into autofiction, 7½, his protagonist Christos declares he is tired of the lofty ambitions many novelists hold for their writing on politics, sexuality, race, history, gender, morality or the future. “All of them now bore me,” he declares. Instead, he will write about beauty. His powerful memories of the past, the strange present in which he tries to write – surrounded by the magnificently evoked natural world – and the novelonwhich he embarks are masterfully woven together into one compelling whole.
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Christos Tsiolkas is a playwright, essayist, screenwriter and the author of eight novels, including Loaded, The Slap, Damascus and most recently 7 ½. His books have been recognised with awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, ABIA Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, as well as being shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, longlisted for the Booker, and adapted into celebrated films and television series.