He may have been born in Dalby, Queensland, but few writers will ever be more associated with the city of Brisbane than Andrew McGahan. His debut novel, Praise, was a Bukowskian wander through the city at the turn of the 1990s – semi-autobiographical, and the country’s answer to Generation X or Less Than Zero. Future works included 2000’s Last Drinks, which dealt with corruption in Queensland politics, and the stream-of-consciousness sci-fi work Wonders of a Godless World.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in mid-2018, plenty of teams spotted McGahan as “one to watch” for the upcoming year. His death on February 1st brought in points for a host of teams, and sees Ethnic Cleansing go clear in the lead, with The Living End four points behind. We have all the makings of a classic DDP season.
Also, another Obituary Vault/Famous for Being Ill pick has died, and Banana’s Peel Slippers get the unique hit.