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Allen & Unwin is extremely excited to be publishing a stunning debut novel by Australian author Chris Hammer in August 2018. Set in a fictional Riverina town at the height of a devastating drought, Scrublands is one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels to be written in Australia, and is already causing major international buzz.
‘As soon as I read the extraordinary opening I was hooked, drawn into a story that held me captive until the final page. In Scrublands, Chris has produced something extraordinary—a brilliant mix of page-turning plot, unforgettable characters, and an evocation of the Australian landscape that makes you feel the heat and taste the dust. Allen & Unwin could not be more excited about publishing what we believe will be one of the biggest debuts of 2018.’—Jane Palfreyman, publisher at Allen & Unwin
At the height of the millennial drought, I travelled through inland Australia researching my nonfiction book The River. It really got under my skin: the landscape, the people, the desperation. Time and again I encountered stories of death and heartache, of hope and resilience. It stayed with me.
Inevitably, it became the setting of a complex crime story that began bubbling away in my mind. Not just one crime, not just two but… Yet I also wanted to tell a story that was more than a series of plot points; I wanted compromised characters, struggling to survive, just like the town itself. And I wanted that sense of unending drought. Scrublands is the result.
Chris Hammer will be available for events during August. If you are interested in holding an event with Chris, please contact Christine Farmer via email: ChristineF@allenandunwin.com.
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