Underground (McGahan novel)

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First edition
AuthorAndrew McGahan
PublisherAllen & Unwin, Australia
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
823/.914 22
LC ClassPR9619.3.M3234 U53 2006

Underground is a novel by Australian author Andrew McGahan. It is set in a near-future right-wing governed Australia.


A review of Underground in The Sydney Morning Herald called it "McGahan's most nakedly political work so far, positioning itself as a comment on the "war on terror" generally and a broadside against the Howard Government in particular." that it "suffers from a fatal equivocation: it is neither hilarious nor penetrating enough." and "The bombastic action and outrageous twists of fate (Leo is kidnapped three times, by three separate groups, in the first 50 pages) does not allow for the analysis that might have given the novel authority."[1]

Underground has also been reviewed by Australian Quarterly,[2] The Bulletin,[3] Antipodes,[4] and Overland.[5]



  1. ^ James Ley (2 October 2006). "Underground". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  2. ^ Tony Smith (September 2006). "Review: Underground". Australian Quarterly. Australian Institute of Policy and Science. 78 (5): 38, 39. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Cowering Inferno". The Bulletin. Australian Consolidated Press. 124 (6544): 76. October 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  4. ^ Steven R. Luebke (June 2008). "Review: A 1984 For Our Time". Antipodes. Wayne State University Press. 22 (1): 75, 76. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ Steven Lang (March 2007). "Slumming It". Overland. O L Society Limited (186): 18. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ "2008 Longlist". dublinliteraryaward.ie. Dublin City Council. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Queensland Literary Awards: Shortlist Announced". statements.qld.gov.au. Queensland Government. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Aurealis Awards, Previous Years' Results: Best Science Fiction Novel" (PDF). aurealisawards.files.wordpress.com. Chimaera Publications. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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