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
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. Chris's third novel, Trust, is published in 2020.
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.