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Lucky's is a story of family.
A story about migration.
It is also about a man called Lucky.
His restaurant chain.
A fire that changed everything.
A New Yorker article which might save a career.
The mystery of a missing father.
An impostor who got the girl.
An unthinkable tragedy.
A roll of the dice.
And a story of love - lost, sought and won again (at last).

Following a trail of cause and effect that spans decades, this unforgettable epic tells a story about lives bound together by the pursuit of love, family, and new beginnings.


SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS PRIZE FOR NEW AUSTRALIAN FICITON 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MUD LITERARY PRIZE 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR ABIA MATT RICHELL NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD 2021

HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR 2021 ARA HISTORIAL NOVEL PRIZE


PRAISE FOR LUCKY'S

'Andrew Pippos has written an unforgettable epic with Australian humour and Greek tragedian turns on every page. Such skill and heart and love pulses through this debut!' Alice Pung

'A sweeping, sprawling family epic of heartbreak, hope, and redemption. This is the debut of a born storyteller.' Liam Pieper

'Affecting, authentic and tender' Rebecca Starford

'A gorgeous novel of wonderful characters, Lucky's is the real deal and I didn't want it to stop. I was so caught up in the casual charm of this book that I kept being sideswiped by the excellent turns of its plot, and the wise, sometimes disturbing things it has to say about fate, luck and family over the sweep of decades.' Ronnie Scott

'From the first pages of this debut novel, it is clear that we are in the hands of a wise, perceptive, and highly-skilled storyteller. Pippos brilliantly distills multiple stories to those pure moments of love, despair, passion and folly that make up the essence of a life, and his fierce and fragile characters will remain in your heart long after the final page. The writing is fresh and fairly crackles with energy. Lucky's is one of the best Australian novels I've read in years!' Emily Bitto

'Crisp and evocative' Rick Morton

'A mouthwatering tale that encapsulates family drama, true crime and Greek tragedy - with pathos-filled characters that pop' Guardian

'A hugely entertaining, tender, rollicking yarn. Part immigration story, part love story, part adventure, it's a multi-layered original Australian story.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Lucky's is a bold novel, both backwards- and forwards-looking, a strong start to a career, and a timely reminder that an individual's life story can be quietly vast.' The Australian

'Pippos writes towards myth while grounding his book in deeply human themes. Lucky's is concerned with the stories we tell ourselves and the chasm between fact and fiction, the space where happiness may lie.' Australian Book Review

'This is a novel that I'd like everyone to read...Lucky's is a beautiful reminder that lives can be reinvented, that the bad things will eventually give way to the good ones, and that the change we seek could be right around the corner.' Kill Your Darlings

'One of the most impressive and appealing Australian debuts novels of 2020 - or, frankly, any year, and you can scratch the adjective "debut" from that description too.' Readings

'From reading this magnificent debut, it's clear that Andrew Pippos will go down as one of the finest Australian storytellers of his generation ... Pippos dictates the conventions of our humanity perfectly, giving to us the definition of a Greek tragedy interpersed within what is sure to become an Australian classic.' Glam Adelaide

'Grand, evocative and generous storytelling mark out Lucky's as one of the most rewarding Australian debuts of 2020 ... A wild and sprawling story is rendered with precision and depth. Every page is a reward for the reader.' Booktopia

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760984649
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Pub Date: 20/11/2020
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Sagas
    Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia Audio
  • Price: $35.00

Lucky's is a story of family.
A story about migration.
It is also about a man called Lucky.
His restaurant chain.
A fire that changed everything.
A New Yorker article which might save a career.
The mystery of a missing father.
An impostor who got the girl.
An unthinkable tragedy.
A roll of the dice.
And a story of love - lost, sought and won again (at last).

Following a trail of cause and effect that spans decades, this unforgettable epic tells a story about lives bound together by the pursuit of love, family, and new beginnings.


SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS PRIZE FOR NEW AUSTRALIAN FICITON 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MUD LITERARY PRIZE 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR ABIA MATT RICHELL NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD 2021

HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR 2021 ARA HISTORIAL NOVEL PRIZE


PRAISE FOR LUCKY'S

'Andrew Pippos has written an unforgettable epic with Australian humour and Greek tragedian turns on every page. Such skill and heart and love pulses through this debut!' Alice Pung

'A sweeping, sprawling family epic of heartbreak, hope, and redemption. This is the debut of a born storyteller.' Liam Pieper

'Affecting, authentic and tender' Rebecca Starford

'A gorgeous novel of wonderful characters, Lucky's is the real deal and I didn't want it to stop. I was so caught up in the casual charm of this book that I kept being sideswiped by the excellent turns of its plot, and the wise, sometimes disturbing things it has to say about fate, luck and family over the sweep of decades.' Ronnie Scott

'From the first pages of this debut novel, it is clear that we are in the hands of a wise, perceptive, and highly-skilled storyteller. Pippos brilliantly distills multiple stories to those pure moments of love, despair, passion and folly that make up the essence of a life, and his fierce and fragile characters will remain in your heart long after the final page. The writing is fresh and fairly crackles with energy. Lucky's is one of the best Australian novels I've read in years!' Emily Bitto

'Crisp and evocative' Rick Morton

'A mouthwatering tale that encapsulates family drama, true crime and Greek tragedy - with pathos-filled characters that pop' Guardian

'A hugely entertaining, tender, rollicking yarn. Part immigration story, part love story, part adventure, it's a multi-layered original Australian story.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Lucky's is a bold novel, both backwards- and forwards-looking, a strong start to a career, and a timely reminder that an individual's life story can be quietly vast.' The Australian

'Pippos writes towards myth while grounding his book in deeply human themes. Lucky's is concerned with the stories we tell ourselves and the chasm between fact and fiction, the space where happiness may lie.' Australian Book Review

'This is a novel that I'd like everyone to read...Lucky's is a beautiful reminder that lives can be reinvented, that the bad things will eventually give way to the good ones, and that the change we seek could be right around the corner.' Kill Your Darlings

'One of the most impressive and appealing Australian debuts novels of 2020 - or, frankly, any year, and you can scratch the adjective "debut" from that description too.' Readings

'From reading this magnificent debut, it's clear that Andrew Pippos will go down as one of the finest Australian storytellers of his generation ... Pippos dictates the conventions of our humanity perfectly, giving to us the definition of a Greek tragedy interpersed within what is sure to become an Australian classic.' Glam Adelaide

'Grand, evocative and generous storytelling mark out Lucky's as one of the most rewarding Australian debuts of 2020 ... A wild and sprawling story is rendered with precision and depth. Every page is a reward for the reader.' Booktopia

Awards

Short-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021Short-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021.

Short-listed for MUD Literary Prize 2021Short-listed for MUD Literary Prize 2021.

Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021.

Short-listed for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2021Short-listed for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2021.

Commended for ARA Historical Novel Prize 2021Commended for ARA Historical Novel Prize 2021.

Author Information

Andrew Pippos spent part of his childhood getting underfoot in his family's Greek-Australian café. When he grew up, he worked in newspapers and taught in universities. This is his first novel, and it packs in everything he knows about growing up in a noisy, complicated, loving family. He lives in Sydney.

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25 September 2021

The 39th Greek Festival of Sydney is devoting a day to presentations of recently-published books in English by Greek-Australian writers. Although very different in style and content, all the books are united by common themes of migration, displacement and identity. Presented by the Greek Festival of Sydney and UTS Journalism and Writing.

10:00 AM

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2 Coast Hospital Road Little Bay NSW 2036 Website



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