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Gender: Male
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Writer and broadcaster.

Mark Brandi was born in Italy and then spent most of his childhood in a remote country Victorian pub. As of 2018, he lives in Melbourne.

Brandi holds a degree in criminal justice, and worked as a policy advisor and project officer in the Department of Justice, Victoria. He published his first novel, Wimmera, in 2017, but had previously been published in newspapers and periodicals such as The Guardian, The Age, and The Big Issue. His work has also been broadcast on Radio National.

Wimmera, which draws on Brandi's experience as a migrant in a small, rural  Australian town, won the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger and was shortlisted for the Indie Awards, the Ned Kelly Awards, and two ABIA Awards. His follow-up novel also sttracted an Indie Award longlisting. He has previously been shortlisted for the Viva La Novella Award.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Individuals and Groups
2020 recipient City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants
2020 recipient Creative Victoria Sustaining Creative Workers Fund ($4313): ‘To complete the final draft and editing of a new novel.’

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Rip Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2019 15300182 2019 single work novel crime

'It's funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it's like walking out into the sea, and you think everything's fine and the water's warm, but when you turn back you're suddenly miles from shore. I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.'

'A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard. Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.  He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can't stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right. But the flat smells weird. There's a lock on Steve's bedroom door. And the guy is intense. The problem is, sometimes you just don't know you are in too deep, until you are drowning.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2019 longlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
y separately published work icon Wimmera Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2017 11202748 2017 single work novel crime mystery

'In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.

'Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

'Then a newcomer arrived in the Wimmera. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. Up close, the man's shoulders were wide and the veins in his arms stuck out, blue and green. His hands were enormous, red and knotty. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab's dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.

'Twenty years later, Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more.'

(Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2016 commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer

As 'To Skin a Rabbit'

2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2018 winner Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2016 winner Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Debut Dagger
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