Chris Hammer
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Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age. His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. Scrublands, his first novel, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards, shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and won the UK Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Debut Dagger Award. His second novel, Silver, was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best General Fiction at the Australian Book Industry Awards, shortlisted for the 2020 ABA Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Award, and longlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

Books by Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer Articles

Your Preview Verdict: Treasure and Dirt by Chris Hammer

Review | Preview

21 September 2021

Your Preview Verdict: Treasure and Dirt by Chris Hammer

    Crime Fiction at its Finest: Read an Extract from Trust by Chris Hammer

    Review | Extract

    15 October 2020

    Crime Fiction at its Finest: Read an Extract from Trust by Chris Hammer

      Author Chris Hammer Reveals the Burning Secrets Behind his New Novel, Trust

      Review | Author Related

      13 October 2020

      Author Chris Hammer Reveals the Burning Secrets Behind his New Novel, Trust

        A Twisting Tale of Intrigue and Danger: Read Our Review of Trust by Chris Hammer

        Review | Our Review

        12 October 2020

        A Twisting Tale of Intrigue and Danger: Read Our Review of Trust by Chris Hammer

          Live Book Event: Chris Hammer, Author of Trust

          News | Events & Festivals

          7 October 2020

          Live Book Event: Chris Hammer, Author of Trust

            ABIA Shortlist 2019: Stellar Debuts

            News

            24 April 2019

            ABIA Shortlist 2019: Stellar Debuts

              5 Author Podcasts, Perfect for an Easter Road Trip

              News

              18 April 2019

              5 Author Podcasts, Perfect for an Easter Road Trip

                Podcast: Rural Australian Crime with Chris Hammer

                Podcast

                3 April 2019

                Podcast: Rural Australian Crime with Chris Hammer

                  Christmas Nostalgia: Chris Hammer on holidays as a child

                  News

                  12 December 2018

                  Christmas Nostalgia: Chris Hammer on holidays as a child

                    October Book Club: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

                    News

                    16 October 2018

                    October Book Club: Scrublands by Chris Hammer