Simon Baker

A Long Crawl

Barracuda

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Danny Kelly, the main character in Christos Tsiolkas’s first novel since The Slap (2010), is a gifted swimmer born into a mixed-race, working-class Melbourne family. In 1994 he wins a scholarship to a private school (‘Cunts College’, as he refers to it), where he can be trained properly, the aim being to win gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. However, since the narrative starts in a shiftless present in which Danny has a criminal record, a flaky relationship and no clear prospects, we know that things probably do not work out.

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