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.
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.
Awards: Shortlisted Best First Mystery or Crime Novel – Barry Awards 2020 US; Winner John Creasy New Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel, CWA Dagger Awards 2019 UK; Longlisted Best Crime Fiction, Ned Kelly Awards 2019 AU; Shortlisted General Fiction Book of the Year, ABIA Awards 2019 AU; Shortlisted Best Debut Fiction, Indie Book Awards 2019 AU; Highly Commended Fiction Book of the Year – Victorian Institute of Professional Editors 2018 AU; courtesy Allen and Unwin