He loses everything. In front of everyone.
Where does he go from here?
Barracuda is the blazingly brilliant new novel from the author of the phenomenal bestseller The Slap.
Daniel Kelly, a talented young swimmer, has one chance to escape his working-class upbringing. His astonishing ability in the pool should drive him to fame and fortune, as well as his revenge on the rich boys at the private school to which he has won a sports scholarship. Everything Danny has ever done, every sacrifice his family has ever made, has been in pursuit of his dream. But when he melts down at his first big international championship and comes only fifth, he begins to destroy everything he has fought for and turn on everyone around him.
Tender and savage, Barracuda is a novel about dreams and disillusionment, friendship and family. As Daniel Kelly loses everything, he learns what it means to be a good person - and what it takes to become one.
"Tsiolkas writes with compelling clarity about the primal stuff that drives us all: the love and hate and fear of failure... A brilliant, beautiful book. If it doesn't make you cry, you can't be fully alive." (Sunday Times)
"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." (Guardian)
"Terrific ." (Kate Saunders, The Times)
"Masterful, addictive, clear-eyed storytelling about the real business of life: winning and losing." (Viv Groskop, Red Online)
"This involving and substantial tale - surprisingly tender for all its sweary shock-value - is carried swiftly along by Tsiolkas's athletic, often lyrical prose." Daily Mail
"The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas's bestselling previous novel declared 'Welcome to Australia in the early 21st century.' The same semi-ironic sentiment echoes throughout Barracuda, which is, if anything, an even greater novel... It may tell an old, old story, but it has rarely been told in a better way." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Christos Tsiolkas is in his natural element, with sentences gliding elegantly until the reader is utterly submerged in this absorbing story." (Metro)
"This is a compelling, moving novel about identity, failure and the redemptive power of family" (Mail on Sunday)
Acclaim for The Slap:
"A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece." (Chris Cleave)
"The Slap is nothing short of a tour de force." (Colm Tóibín)
"Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium." (John Boyne)
"Now and then a book comes along that defines a summer. This year that book is The Slap." Daily Telegraph
"As addictive as the best soap opera." Daily Mail
See Christos talk about Barracuda http://atlantic-books.co.uk/barracuda