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BiographyHistory

Mark Dapin has worked as a journalist and editor. He came to Australia in the late 1980s.

Notes

  • 2015 Fellowship of Australian Writers in Victoria : Excellence in Non-Fiction Award judges' Report for The Nashos' War :

    Mark Dapin's The Nashos War gives valuable insight into the Australian National Service Scheme and its effect on the individual serviceman.

Personal Awards

2015 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature or The Nashos’ War: Australia’s National Servicemen and Vietnam
2015 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize or The Nashos’ War: Australia’s National Servicemen and Vietnam
2014 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Excellence in Non-fiction Award for The Nashos’ War: Australia’s National Servicemen and Vietnam Viking /Penguin Books

Awards for Works

R&R 2015 single work novel

'Full of lacerating dialogue and typically sharp character portraits, R&R tells the story of US corporal John Ulysses Grant, aka Nashville, and his partner Shorty, an Australian military policeman, in the seaside resort of Vung Tau in South Vietnam, 1967. The Vietnam War rages across the country but Nashville's concerns are closer to home: how did a corpse, buried just days before, turn up in a local bar without any ears? Written with a brilliant, concise wit and brutal, uncompromising insight, R&R is a startlingly original portrait of men and war in the twilight zone behind the front, a searing study of the violence that we do to others, and ourselves.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
Spirit House 2011 single work novel 'David is thirteen and confused. His mum has gone off with her lover and sent David to his grandparents in Bondi to give her new relationship some "space". Sometimes it breaks your heart to understand.

'David's grandfather, Jimmy, a Jewish war veteran and survivor of the Thai-Burma railway, is seventy. Haunted by the ghosts of long-dead comrades, the only person he can confide in is a thirteen-year-old from a different world. Sometimes it breaks your heart to be understood.

'Spirit House is a story of Changi and the Thai-Burma railway, of old men living with the horrors of their past, and about making sense of the daunting business of growing up.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2012 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
King of the Cross 2009 single work novel crime 'King of the Cross is a dazzling novel that explores the criminal world of Jacob Mendoza: legendary Godfather of Kings Cross and for more than four decades, Australia's most powerful and notorious crime figure. To record his epic life story he employs a hapless young reporter from the Australian Jewish Times. As Mendoza unfolds his seductive story of thugs and drugs, murders and mysteries, bikers, bent cops and girls, girls, girls, it emerges that he's not the only one with a past. And as the memoir takes shape, other more terrifying criminals are circling the kingdom that Mendoza built.' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
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