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04 November 2020

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lucky Mallios was once a famous man - first for his chain of restaurants serving American-Greek-Australian food, then for the tragedy of the Third of April. But Lucky has a big heart and a lot of faith and he's going to make everything better, even if he's in his 70s. Emily gets the chance to do an article on Lucky for the New Yorker and flies to Sydney to interview him. What neither of them realise is how closely their lives are linked... A generous, enjoyable and nostalgia-filled tale of chance and love and family. Lindy Jones


Lucky's is a story of family.

It is also about a man called Lucky. His restaurant chain. A fire that changed everything. A New Yorker article which might save a career. The mystery of a missing father. An impostor who got the girl. An unthinkable tragedy. A roll of the dice. And a story of love, lost, sought and won again (at last).

'Andrew Pippos has written an unforgettable epic with Australian humour and Greek-tragedian turns on every page. Such skill and heart and love pulses through this debut!' Alice Pung

'A sweeping, sprawling family epic of heartbreak, hope and redemption. This is the debut of a born storyteller.' Liam Pieper

'Affecting, authentic and tender, Lucky's reminds us that serendipity and salvation can be found in the best kinds of fiction.' Rebecca Starford

'A gorgeous novel of wonderful characters, Lucky's is the real deal and I didn't want it to stop. I was so caught up in the casual charm of this book that I kept being sideswiped by the excellent turns of its plot, and the wise, sometimes disturbing, things it has to say about fate, luck and family over the sweep of decades.' Ronnie Scott

'From the first pages of this debut novel, it is clear that we are in the hands of a wise, perceptive and highly-skilled storyteller. Pippos brilliantly distills multiple stories to those pure moments of love, despair, passion and folly that make up the essence of a life, and his fierce and fragile characters will remain in your heart long after the final page. The writing is fresh and fairly crackles with energy. Lucky's is one of the best Australian novels I've read in years!' Emily Bitto

'Crisp and evocative,' Rick Morton

Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   468g
ISBN:   9781760787332
ISBN 10:   1760787337
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Pippos spent his childhood getting underfoot in his family's Greek-Australian cafe. When he grew up, he worked in newspapers and taught in universities. This is his first novel, and it packs in everything he knows about growing up in a noisy, complicated, loving family. He lives in Sydney.

  • Commended for ARA Historical Novel Prize 2021
  • Long-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for MUD Literary Prize 2021

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