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Andrew McGahan

Allen & Unwin (2011)

ISBN 978-1-74237-647-9

Reviewed by Jason Nahrung

Andrew McGahan’s The Coming of the Whirlpool is not so much a love letter to the sea but to the literature of the sea. Homages abound in this, the first, handsomely produced title of the four-book Ship Kings series.

The Queensland author, now a Melburnite, has penned the Vogel-winning Praise and the Miles Franklin-winning The White Earth; in 2010 he was on hand to receive an Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel, Wonders of a Godless World. His Last Drinks was an insightful crime novel rooted in the corruption of Queensland’s Bjelke-Petersen era. And now his genre-hopping has brought him to YA fantasy – as a Sydney Morning Herald interviewer pointed out in October, “Any number of serious writers of good fiction, including Nick Hornby, Salman Rushdie, Patrick Ness and Roddy Doyle, have ventured into the genre.” So, you know, no shame. Hats off to McGahan for following his passion and leaving the prudes to scratch their heads.

He follows it well, too, this writer who grew up in the Queensland wheatbelt loving the likes of Poe – he name checks ‘A Descent into the Maelstrom’ in several interviews – and Moby Dick, Le Guin and Tolkien. He isn’t a sailor, he admits, but the details of sailing and seawater, weather and tide in Whirlpool ring true to this fellow landlubber.

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