While I can't say I thought too much of The Slap in book form, I am enjoying it very much on tv. The production is excellent and the acting pretty good. To my knowledge the author of The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas', first book was Loaded and published back in 1995. It was made into a film called Head On. There are two books of his that I have not read. No doubt I will in time.
Back in pre electronic days, after reading an Australian book and enjoying it, I often wrote to the author, expressing my approval and perhaps with a comment or two. I did so with Loaded and Christos was nice enough to reply. Wise people are generally nice while they are on the way up and hopefully remain so once they have reached certain heights. I think he probably is still quite nice.
His letter only makes vague sense, as I cannot remember what I wrote and did not keep a copy. I should have pulled out a sheet of carbon paper and made a copy.