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Christos Tsiolkas has won the $60,000 Melbourne prize for literature

The Melbourne based writer Christos Tsiolkas has won one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards in recognition of his work that spans more than a quarter of a century.

The $60,000 Melbourne prize for literature was announced earlier today and was awarded to Tsiolkas for his “outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life”, according to the prize’s judges.

Throughout his career Tsiolkas has written a number of bestselling novels, including Loaded, Barracuda, and The Slap. Many of these have also found themselves being adapted for the big and small screen.

His 2020 novel Damascus also won him last year’s Victorian premier’s prize for fiction.

The author thanked his family and publisher, Jane Palfreyman in a short speech, saying: “I feel like the luckiest fella tonight.”

The essayist and poet Eloise Grills won the $15,000 writer’s prize.

The public is also able to vote for a $3,000 civic choice award however the winner of that prize will not be announced until the 11th of November.

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