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Christos Tsiolkas - The Slap

May 4th, 2014

Episode 386 of 438 episodes

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.

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