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Andrew McGahan Andrew McGahan i(A35760 works by)
Born: Established: 1966 Dalby, Dalby - Jandowae - Bowenville area, Darling Downs, Queensland, ; Died: Ceased: 1 Feb 2019 Victoria,
Gender: Male
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Andrew McGahan was born the ninth of ten children on a wheat farm in Dalby, Queensland. His mother was a teacher and their home had a room dedicated to books. He went to the Catholic school in Dalby then a boarding school, Marist Brothers, for years 11 and 12. He.dropped out of an Arts degree at the University of Queensland after one month and went back to Dalby to help with the family farm and write his first novel which was never published.

McGahan returned to Brisbane where he worked in part-time jobs, lived on the dole and 'wrote piles of bad poetry and short stories' (Interview, Allen & Unwin, 2005). McGahan says he was attracted by 'the romance of being a writer and of living some sort of cool, bohemian lifestyle.' Later he became more interested in the writing itself finding it 'a very pleasant and satisfying way to exist.' While unemployed in 1991, he wrote Praise, a largely autobiographical tale of hard drugs, bodily functions and sex set in Brisbane.

McGahan has been a full-time writer since 1992 resisting offers of part-time employment. In an interview in the Australian he comments that 'A typical day, when he's in the middle of writing a book, is to write for about three hours, sit around a lot, play on the net - especially computer Scrabble, an enduring passion - watch Buffy the Vampire Killer or Star Trek (not much Australian drama), read - hang out. And then cook.' ( The Australian, 4.11.2000).

In an interview given on winning the Commonwealth Writer's Prize in 2005, McGahan stated that he reads nonfiction in preference to novels - 'I'd be stretched to name anything from the last 20 years' although he grew up on a diet of fantasy and horror. He has a passion for politics and sees Australia as a 'cold and hard' place in which what is happening now is 'dark and ugly, socially and politically'. (Interview, Advertiser, 2 July 2005).

McGahan has produced novels, stage plays and screenplays. He moved to Melbourne in 2000. He has won multiple literary awards, including: his first novel, Praise (1992) won The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award; The White Earth (2004) won the Miles Franklin Literary Award; and Wonders of a Godless Worlds won the Aurealis Award in 2009. His final work is The Rich Man's House, published in September 2019.

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y separately published work icon The Ocean of the Dead Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9508723 2016 single work novel young adult fantasy

'The cataclysmic final book in the Ship Kings series. In search of a new world, Dow and Nell must face the final frontier - the treacherous Doldrums. Their journey will be filled with wonders; the rewards could be great - but the cost might be everything, for there are good reasons why none who have sailed the Ocean of the Dead have returned to tell the tale.

'It is no easy thing, to take leave of the world.

'At very long last a captain of his own ship, Dow Amber is determined to venture beyond the final frontier - the still, stagnant waters of the Doldrums - in search of a New World. With Nell finally by his side, he is hopeful that they can start again, far from politics, betrayal and war.

'But none who have sailed the Ocean of the Dead have returned to tell the tale. Before long, an old enemy appears. And with the enemy new dangers. Does the fleet sail to certain death, or to glorious new life beyond the treacherous Doldrums?

'The Ocean of the Dead is the cataclysmic conclusion to Andrew McGahan's stunning Ship Kings series.'

2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1899212 2012 single work novel young adult fantasy adventure ' Dow Amber has set sail at last upon the battleship Chloe, but can an outsider and an enemy ever truly belong in the Ship Kings' world? All too soon, Dow finds himself entangled in rebellion and treachery, and embarked upon a desperate voyage to the frozen north that will decide the future of the very empire. In the icy wastes Dow must take his fate in hand. Is he truly destined to be a mariner? Is the mysterious scapegoat girl Ignella a friend or a foe? And where will they each stand, when the long peace of the Four Isles threatens to shatter forever?' (Trove record)
2013 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
y separately published work icon The Coming of the Whirlpool Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1817815 2011 single work novel young adult fantasy adventure

'"If you go to sea, you will come to the attention of the Ship Kings. And if they discover who you are, they will kill you." Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes to learn there of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely dare sail at all, for they have been cursed by a monstrous whirlpool that haunts the bay, stealing away their sons.

'Then the rulers of all the world - the proud and cruel Ship Kings - arrive in the Claw. Dow is fascinated by their fine tall vessels, and even more so by a mysterious girl who lives aboard their flagship.

'It is a perilous attraction to be sure, but could it be that his future somehow lies with the Ship Kings? Or will he be called upon to descend to his death, when the terrible whirlpool rises once more? The Coming of the Whirlpool is the first volume in a stunning series from Miles Franklin Award winner Andrew McGahan.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2012 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2012 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
2011 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2011 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best Children's Book (Told Primarily through Words)
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