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By Andrew McGahan

Praise is an completely frank and darkly funny novel approximately being younger within the Australia of the Nineties. A time whilst the dole used to be more straightforward to get than a role, while heroin was once higher recognized than ecstasy, and while ambition used to be the dirtiest of phrases. A time whilst, for 2 hopeless souls, intercourse and dependence have been the single lifelines.

'McGahan's publication is a bracing slap within the face to standard platitudes and hypocrisies.' - The Australian

'Praise is a kind of books that takes a hefty chunk out of a section of material, chews it to a pulp after which spits it out.' - Peter Craven

'A journey de force... revelation of existence within the gradual lane of substances and intercourse and alcohol.' - The Weekend Australian

Winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for top First publication within the Pacific sector. Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Adelaide pageant Awards for Literature and the Canada-Australia Literary Award.

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