Fraction of the Whole

Author(s): Steve Toltz


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'The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them.'

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It's a simple family story...

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'Riotously funny. . . deserves a place next to A Confederancy of Dunces.' - Wall Street Journal

'A rich father-and-son story packed with incident, humour and characters reminiscent in styles of Charles Dickens and John Irving. . . A Fraction of the Wholesoars like a rocket.' - LA Times

'A grand achievement and the debut of a great comic talent. But it also has a heart. . . go away and read it.' - Sunday Times

'Toltz brings all the energy and assurance of a young Peter Carey to this burlesque, bravura performance.' - Irish Times

'A gloriously absorbing, preposterous and funny excursion to the brink of madness and the meaning of life.' - Sunday Telegraph



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Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Award People's Choice for Fiction 2009. Shortlisted for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2009 and Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008 and Guardian First Book Award 2008 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2009.

Steve Toltz was born in Sydney. His first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. Facebook http-//

General Fields

  • : 9780143009528
  • : Penguin Books
  • : Penguin Books
  • : December 2007
  • : 19.80 cmmm X 12.90 cmmm X 4.00 cmmm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1008
  • : en
  • : A823.4
  • : 710
  • : Modern fiction
  • : Steve Toltz