'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?
The Coming of the Whirlpool is the first volume in a stunning series from Miles Franklin Award winner Andrew McGahan.
Shortlisted, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award - Older Readers
Shortlisted, 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards, Children's category
Shortlisted for the Indie Awards 2012, Children's category
Finalist, 2011 Aurealis Awards - Children's Fiction (told primarily through words)
Longlisted, 2012 Gold Inky for an Australian YA Book
Shortlisted, 2012 WA Premier's Book Award
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.