by Stuart McPhee in New Products on Friday 4 January 2008

If I had waited until I actually finished reading the debut effort from this exciting Australian novelist, I would have well and truly have missed the bandwagon. At over 700 pages long, you will just have to take my word that the decades spanning journey of the Dean family is one of wit and wonder. Mixing the ingenious storytelling of Chuck Palahniuk but with an Aussie flavour that Robert G Barrett once had a monopoly on, Steve Toltz’s A Fraction Of The Whole is one of the most ambitious opening salvos in literature for quite a while.