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Christos Tsiolkas

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Christos Tsiolkas
Born1965 (age 56–57)
EducationUniversity of Melbourne
OccupationAuthor, playwright, screenwriter

Christos Tsiolkas (born 1965) is an Australian author.

Early life

Tsiolkas was born and raised in Melbourne with his Greek immigrant parents,[1] and was educated at Blackburn High School.[2] Tsiolkas completed his Arts Degree at the University of Melbourne in 1987.[3] He edited the student newspaper Farrago in 1987.


Tsiolkas' first novel, Loaded (1995), about an alienated closet gay youth in Melbourne, was adapted as the feature film Head On (1998) by director Ana Kokkinos, starring Alex Dimitriades.[4] 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.


Tsiolkas' 2019 novel Damascus won the 2020 Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction.[5] In November 2021 his work to date was recognised when he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature.[6]

Personal life

Tsiolkas is a Richmond Football Club supporter[7] and gay.[8] He lives with his partner in Melbourne.


  • 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)
  • Damascus (2019)
  • 7 1/2 (2021)


  • 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)


  1. ^ The Guardian, Saturday 10 July 2010: "Christos Tsiolkas, whose parents emigrated from Greece..."
  2. ^ Austlit. "Christos Tsiolkas | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories". Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  3. ^ Agent Details Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  4. ^ Head On at the National Film and Sound Archive Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  6. ^ Burke, Kelly (10 November 2021). "Christos Tsiolkas wins $60,000 Melbourne prize for literature". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  7. ^ 1998 Telstra Adelaide Festival Archived 13 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  8. ^ Watts, Richard (3 July 2005), "A fortunate son", The Age, retrieved 19 August 2007

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