Andrew McGahan was born in Dalby, Queensland, but he has lived and worked most of his life in Brisbane. His first novel Praise, published in 1992, was winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. His second novel was the prequel 1998 and his third novel, Last Drinks was published in 2000. It 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. The White Earth was published in 2004 and won The Age Book of the Year, the Courier Mail Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards that same year. In 2005, The White Earth was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the South East Asia and South Pacific region.
Think ahead five or so years from now, to an Australia transformed by the never-ending war on terror. Canberra has been wiped out in a nuclear attack. There is a permanent state of emergency. Security check-points, citizenship tests, identity cards and detention without trial have all become the norm. Suspect minorities have been locked away into ghettos. And worse - no one wants to play cricket with us anymore.