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Atlantic Books acquires new novel from Christos Tsiolkas

22nd December 2021

Atlantic Books has acquired UK Comm rights (excluding Canada, ANZ) to Christos Tsiolkas’ new novel, 7 ½. Atlantic MD and Publisher Will Atkinson bought rights from Jenny Hewson at Lutyens & Rubinstein.

7 ½ is a smart, humane, provocative novel by the acclaimed author of The Slap and Damascus about finding joy and beauty in a raging world, about the refractions of memory and time, and the mystery of art and its creation.

A man arrives at a house on the coast to write a book. Separated from his lover and family and friends, he finds the solitude he craves in the pyrotechnic beauty of nature, just as the world he has shut out is experiencing a cataclysmic shift. The preoccupations that have galvanised him and his work fall away and he becomes lost in memory and beauty. He begins to tell a story, about a retired porn star who is made an offer he can’t refuse, and so returns to the world he fled years before, all too aware of the danger of opening the door to past temptations and long-buried desires. Can he resist the oblivion and bliss they promise?

‘Rejecting the rage of contemporary politics for a tender celebration of sensuality, nature, memory and love, 7½ makes a defiant claim: that even now, as the world burns, beauty is worth our attention.’  Charlotte Wood, author of The Weekend

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of one collection of short stories and seven novels, including the international bestseller The Slap. His work has won, among other awards, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the ALS Gold Medal and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and has been listed for the Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.

Will Atkinson said,

‘Christos is one of Atlantic’s most important authors, and this novel is brilliant proof of why: it is a work that is full of serious meditation on unforgiving modern politics, on erotic encounter and the splendour of the natural world, on the imperatives of truth and beauty in art. We continue to be incredibly proud to be the home of such a singular, original talent.’

7 ½ will be published in hardback and eBook in February 2022.