Andrew McGahan was born in 1966 and was raised on a farm near the wheat town of Dalby, Queensland. Most of his adult life, however, has been spent in either Brisbane or Melbourne. His first novel, Praise, was winner of the Australian/Vogel award, and a Commonwealth Writers Award. It was later turned into a multi-award winning feature film, for which McGahan wrote the screenplay. His third novel, Last Drinks, was winner of a Ned Kelly crime writing award, and shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year, The Courier Mail Book of The Year and The Queensland Premiers Fiction Award. The White Earth, which won the Miles Franklin 2005, is his fourth novel.
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