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Praise - Andrew McGahan

Praise

By: Andrew McGahan

Paperback | 1 September 2005 | Edition Number 1

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Bestselling Vogel Award-winning novel about sex, drugs and alcohol - and about being young in Australia.

Praise is an utterly frank and darkly humorous novel about being young in the Australia of the 1990s. A time when the dole was easier to get than a job, when heroin was better known than ecstasy, and when ambition was the dirtiest of words. A time when, for two hopeless souls, sex and dependence were the only lifelines.

About the Author

Andrew McGahan was born in Dalby, Queensland, and now lives in Victoria. His first novel Praise (1992) won the 1991 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the regional prize for best first book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His second novel was the prequel 1988 (1995), and his third novel Last Drinks (2000) was shortlisted for multiple awards, including The Age Book of the Year and the Courier Mail Book of the Year, and won a Ned Kelly award for crime writing.

In 2004, The White Earth was published and won the 2005 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the South East Asia and South Pacific region, The Age Book of the Year (Fiction) and the Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. McGahan's fifth novel, Underground, was published in 2006 and was shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Prize for fiction and for the Aurealis Award. In 2009, Wonders of a Godless World was published to acclaim and won the Aurealis Award.
Industry Reviews
'McGahan's book is a bracing slap in the face to conventional platitudes and hypocrisies.'
The Australian

'Praise is one of those books that takes a hefty bite out of a piece of subject matter, chews it to a pulp and then spits it out.'
Peter Craven

'A tour de force. revelation of life in the slow lane of drugs and sex and alcohol.'
The Weekend Australian

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