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Chris Hammer was a journalist, covering both Australian politics and international affairs, for over thirty years. In Australia, he was chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV, and a senior political journalist for The Age. As foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline, he reported from more than 30 countries on six continents.

Hammer holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He published his first novel in 2018, but had previously published a number of volumes of travel writing.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient ACT Arts Grant $6,168.00 to assist with costs of researching and developing a novel set in Canberra

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Scrublands Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13651343 2018 single work novel crime

'Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia

'In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.

'A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can't ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest's deadly rampage.

'Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. The media descends on Riversend and Martin is now the one in the spotlight. His reasons for investigating the shooting have suddenly become very personal.

'Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town's secrets stay buried.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2019 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
y separately published work icon The River : A Journey through the Murray-Darling Basin Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2010 Z1671899 2010 single work prose travel Australia's major river system, the Murray-Darling, is collapsing. Parts of it are dying; parts of it are already dead. Some places near the shores of South Australia's lower lakes, where the Murray has stopped flowing, may never recover. Australia's most significant river no longer reaches the sea. Ecosystems are dying, farmers are going to the wall, towns are emptying. This was the Murray-Darling that journalist Chris Hammer found in the summer of 2009 as he drove along the river. The River tells the story of the things he saw and the people he met: of farmers practical yet delusional, of towns so friendly yet hidebound. He also tells stories of the environment, and sees first-hand the effects of climate change, drought and mismanagement on the land. What is the future of settlement west of the Great Dividing Range? Can the once mighty Murray-Darling river system continue to support the agricultural industries and towns of the hinterland, or will Australians increasingly be forced to retreat to desalination-dependent coastal cities? What mixture of climate change, drought and mismanagement has led to the current crisis? Hammer explores these questions and more in this compelling investigation into one of Australia's key environmental and political issues. (Libraries Australia record)
2011 winner Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
2010 shortlisted Walkley Award Best Non-Fiction Book
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