Mark Dapin moved to Australia in the late 1980s. Author of Strange Country (q.v.), he has been editor in chief of ACP's men's magazines. In 2009 he was living in Sydney.
Awards for Works
2011novel single work '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.)
King of the Cross
2009novel single work '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.)