The son of Greek immigrants, Christos Tsiolkas is an Australian novelist whose book The Slap has been an international bestseller and is currently being filmed as a major television series.
Set in Melbourne, The Slap paints a dark and uncompromising picture of shifting suburban values and norms.
Christos Tsiolkas spoke to Stephen Sackur about why he feels so attached yet so at odds with the country of his birth, and how alongside Australia's prosperity and increased affluence lie a range of simmering social issues.
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The full interview was first broadcast on Wednesday March 2 and is repeated on Wednesday 21 December 2011 on BBC World News and on the BBC News Channel.