by Christos Tsiolkas

Danny Kelly is born on the wrong side of the tracks but wins a sports scholarship to an exclusive private school where he is belittled by the rich boys. When he fails at his first big international championship his life unravels with terrifying speed. A raw and moving book about love and anger and the need to belong...somewhere.


Danny's hand touched tile and he set down his feet, came to, looking over the water. There was no one else in the lane, there was only one other lonely swimmer in the pool, a woman whose dogged strokes hardly unsettled the surface. There was a tightness in Danny's belly, a hole there, a monstrous hunger he needed to feed. He was red all over, his upper body free of the water; he was shaking uncontrollably, feverishly.


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