Reviewed by Thea Biesheuvel
This is the author’s fifth novel, perhaps the most notable of which was The Slap, published in 2009. In that novel he highlighted an important Australian issue, that of disciplining a child. It appeared to be an important world-wide issue as that novel has been published in many other countries. It is now accepted that slapping a child is no longer permissible. In this current novel the author airs another important issue, not only that of winning at all costs, but also documenting what those costs actually amount to, both for the athlete, his or her family, his friends and the coach.