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Tue, 08 Oct


Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead

Chris Hammer - Silver

Chris Hammer, acclaimed author of 'Scrublands', returns with 'Silver', another enthralling and propulsive Martin Scarsden thriller & one of the most anticipated novels of the year. Chris is in conversation with Paul Daley.

Chris Hammer - Silver
Chris Hammer - Silver

Time & Location

08 Oct 2019, 6:30 pm

Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia


About The Event

Chris Hammer, acclaimed author of the juggernaut Scrublands, returns with one of the most anticipated crime novels of the year. In Silver, another enthralling and explosive thriller, journalist Martin Scarsden discovers you can't outrun your past.  

Chris is in conversation with Paul Daley. 

This is FREE event but RSVPs are essential. 

About the Book

Martin Scarsden returns in the sequel to the bestselling Scrublands.

For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping. 

He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again. 

Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days has been brutally murdered, and Mandy is the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him. 

He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting. 

Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present. 

About the Author

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 second book, was published in 2018 and was shortlised for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards, and was  nomiated for a slew of other awards. 

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. They have two children. 


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