Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer


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Chris worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, alternating between federal politics and international affairs. He worked as senior writer for The Age, chief political correspondent for The Bulletin and online political editor for Fairfax Media. As a roving international correspondent for SBS TV’s Dateline program, he reported from more than 30 countries across six continents.

He’s the author of two successful and well-received non-fiction books, The River: A Journey through the Murray-Darling Basin and The Coast: A Journey Along Australia’s Eastern ShoresThe River was shortlisted for the 2010 Walkley Book Award and won the ACT Book of the Year in 2011. The book recounts Chris’ travels through the Australian bush during 2008 and 2009, from Queensland to South Australia, at the height of the worst drought in Australian history.

It’s those travels and the people he met that provided the inspiration, and inform the setting for Chris’s first work of fiction, Scrublands. This debut crime novel was published in 2018, and in the traditional crime writing that readers love, the twists continue to wow right up to the final pages. Not surprisingly, Scrublands has attracted a considerable international buzz, selling to the US, UK, Germany, France and Russia and plans are afoot to turn it into a television series.

Chris now writes full-time, with a second novel to be published later this year.

‘Once begun, Scrublands won’t let you go, the story spinning its deeply addictive weave around a set of very real characters.’ Goodreads

‘Scrublands is the epic novel about rural life in Australia that we need right now.’
Sue Turnbull, The Sydney Morning Herald (July 2018)