Author(s): Andrew McGahan
'If you go to sea, you will come to the attention of the Ship Kings. And if they discover who you are, they will kill you.' Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes to learn there of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely dare sail at all, for they have been cursed by a monstrous whirlpool that haunts the bay, stealing away their sons. Then the rulers of all the world - the proud and cruel Ship Kings - arrive in the Claw. Dow is fascinated by their fine tall vessels, and even more so by a mysterious girl who lives aboard their flagship. It is a perilous attraction to be sure, but could it be that his future somehow lies with the Ship Kings? Or will he be called upon to descend to his death, when the terrible whirlpool rises once more?
Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2012. Shortlisted for ABIA Australian Book of the Year for Older Children (8 to 14 Years) 2012 and Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Children's Book 2012 and Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Children's Long Fiction 2011. Long-listed for Inky Awards: Gold Inky 2012.
Andrew McGahan is one of Australia's finest writers of fiction. His first novel, Praise, won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1992. In 2004, The White Earth won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, The Age Book of the Year, and The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. His most recent novel is Wonders of a Godless World. In 2009, Andrew was shortlisted for the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards for his contribution to Australian Literature. The Coming of the Whirlpool is his first novel for young adults. Andrew lives in Victoria.