Media Releases

23 September 2019

Talks@Willoughby presents Chris Hammer speaking about Silver

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood 
FREE event

Silver is Chris Hammer’s new, enthralling and propulsive sequel to his bestselling novel Scrublands. Don’t miss your chance to hear Chris discuss his latest thriller at Chatswood Library on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 12.30pm.

Journalist Martin Scarsden returns in the sequel to the bestselling novel Scrublands. For half a lifetime, Martin 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 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.

Before turning to fiction, Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. He reported from more than 30 countries on six continents for SBS TV. While in Canberra, his roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, senior writer for The Age and online political editor for Fairfax.

His novel Scrublands, was an instant bestseller and was shortlisted for the ABIA, Indies and NSW Premier’s Award and recently longlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award for debut crime novels.

Constant Reader Bookshop will provide copies of the author’s book for sale on the day.

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