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The In-Between

Christos Tsiolkas

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English
Allen & Unwin
31 October 2023

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Two men in their fifties meet in a Melbourne bar. They have lived full lives, but now fear being alone. Perry’s great love had been a married Frenchman; Ivan’s had been a younger man with a mercenary bent. How will they move past their damaged histories into new love? A tender novel which covers a few years and varying viewpoints, with all the insight and toughness you would expect from this masterful chronicler of contemporary issues. Lindy



"No life is simple, and no life is without sorrow. No life is perfect."



Two middle-aged men meet on an internet date. Each has been scarred by a previous relationship; each has his own compelling reasons for giving up on the idea of finding love. But still they both turn up for the dinner, feel the spark and the possibility of something more. Feel the fear of failing again, of being hurt and humiliated and further annihilated by love. How can they take the risk of falling in love again. How can they not?

A tender, affecting novel of love, hope and forgiveness by one of our most fearless and truthful interpreters of the human heart, the acclaimed bestselling author of The Slap and Damascus.


Praise for Christos Tsiolkas:

'I've admired the risk and power of all his novels, but this might be the riskiest of all - so personal, so delicate and true - and I loved it.' - Charlotte Wood on 7 1/2

'A scorching, mythic work with a heart of the sweetest intimacy.'- Helen Garner on 7 1/2

'The audacity of Tsiolkas is still a thrill. And, dare one say it, necessary.' - Nigel Featherstone on 7 1/2

'Tsiolkas has proved himself a heroic writer, ready to enter the fray and wrestle with intractable moral and political questions. A powerful parable of our times.' - The Saturday Paper on Damascus

'Every time I was 10 pages into a new book, I thought, "It's not Damascus", and put it aside for another day.' - Stephen Romei, Weekend Australian on Damascus

'I finished Barracuda on a high: moved, elated, immersed... This is the work of a superb writer who has completely mastered his craft, but lost nothing of his fiery spirit in so doing. It is a big achievement.' - The Guardian

'Once in a while, a novel comes along that reminds me why I love to read: The Slap is such a book... Tsiolkas throws open the window on society, picks apart its flaws, embraces its contradictions and recognises its beauty, all the time asking the reader, Whose side are you on? Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'The Slap is nothing short of a tour de force, and it confirms Christos Tsiolkas's reputation as one of the most significant contemporary storytellers at work today... Here is a novel of immense power and scope.' - Colm Tibn, author of Brooklyn
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Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   418g
ISBN:   9781761470011
ISBN 10:   1761470019
Pages:   392
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of eight novels, including Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award, as well as being made into a feature film. His fourth novel, the international bestseller The Slap, won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold, and was also named Book of the Year for 2009 by the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Book Industry Awards. Christos's fifth novel,Barracuda,was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the inaugural Voss Literary Prize. The Slap and Barracuda were both adapted into celebrated television series. Christos's acclaimed collection of short stories, Merciless Gods, was published in 2014 and his critical literary study On Patrick White came out in 2018. His sixth novel, Damascus, was published in 2019 and won the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. 7 was published in 2021. In the same year, Christos won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Christos is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

Reviews for The In-Between

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Two men in their fifties meet in a Melbourne bar. They have lived full lives, but now fear being alone. Perry’s great love had been a married Frenchman; Ivan’s had been a younger man with a mercenary bent. How will they move past their damaged histories into new love? A tender novel which covers a few years and varying viewpoints, with all the insight and toughness you would expect from this masterful chronicler of contemporary issues. Lindy



  • Long-listed for ABIA Awards 2024 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2024 (Australia)

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