Chris Hammer
About the author

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

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

                    Highly-Anticipated Debut Fiction: Q&A with Chris Hammer on writing his new novel Scrublands

                    News

                    31 July 2018

                    Highly-Anticipated Debut Fiction: Q&A with Chris Hammer on writing his new novel Scrublands