Scrublands

Chris Hammer In Conversation with Steve Lewis

Sunday 26 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Theatre
National Library of Australia

Set in a fictional Riverina town that has endured drought and the murder of five of its citizens, Scrublands is a compelling debut novel from Chris Hammer destined to become a global best-seller. This taut thriller takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride as dark secrets emerge from the underbelly of Australia’s harsh rural hinterland. Not to be missed. In conversation with co-author of the Secret City trilogy, Steve Lewis

Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than 30years, dividing his time between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs.  For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV’s flagship current affairs programme Dateline. 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 (non-fiction), published in 2010, to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award as well as being shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. He lives in Canberra.

Steve Lewis arrived in Canberra in 1992 and spent more than two decades working in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. He worked for the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and News Corp mastheads, before joining communications firm Newgate Communications in 2014. Steve is the co-author, with Chris Uhlmann, of the best-selling Secret City trilogy – the Marmalade Files, the Mandarin Code and the Shadow Game. He is one of the creative forces behind the award-winning Foxtel television drama Secret City, which won two Logies and showcased Canberra to the world. Secret City 2 will be shown on Foxtel soon. Steve is currently developing several political and spy thrillers for television, and is determined to make Canberra a compelling location for world-class film making. He is a member of the National Press Club board, and is married with three children.