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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

De­but crime fic­tion writer and fa­ther of two, Chris Ham­mer, was born in Long­ford, Tas­ma­nia – the same small town that pro­duced Booker prize win­ner Richard Flana­gan. “There must be some­thing in the water,” he tells The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly. Chris spent most of his child­hood, though, in Can­berra “in a lov­ing but at times frac­tious fam­ily”. He has worked for 30 years as a po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist and that search for the truth in­spires his books. “Jour­nal­ism gives you a great in­sight into the world; a li­cence to be cu­ri­ous, to stick your nose in where it’s not nec­es­sar­ily wel­come, to learn the real rea­son things hap­pen,” he says. Chris’ first book was an award-win­ning non-fic­tion ti­tle, The River.

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