Book – Praise, by An­drew McGhahn

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Part of the Aus­tralian grunge-lit move­ment – a term that ev­ery­one it’s looped around ac­tu­ally hates – McGa­han is per­haps best known for the Franklin award win­ning The White Earth, but his de­but novel, Praise is an im­por­tant piece of Aus­tralian lit­er­a­ture too. Es­pe­cially if you love a dirty, trashy spi­ralling fail­ure of a story about a young Bris­bane dude who quits his job at the bot­tle-o to go on the dole and drink too much. An­drew McGahn and Praise sit be­side John Birm­ing­ham and He Died With A Fe­lafel In His Hand, and Chris­tos Tsi­olkas and his Loaded as the grit­ti­est and most read­able of Aus­tralia’s mod­ern lit­er­a­ture.

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