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Famous crime writer at Bourke Library tomorrow

Award winning crime novelist, Chris Hammer, will speak at the Bourke Shire Library tomorrow. Photo contributed

Former journalist Chris Hammer wrote his first book, The River, about the Murray-Darling River system way back in 2010.

He has since turned to crime (writing!) and is about to visit Bourke to talk about his work.

The River, is a non-fiction novel, told in the first person, about Mr Hammer’s travels through the drought-devastated Murray Darling Basin – including Bourke and Brewarrina.

Strengthening the local connection, one of Mr Hammer’s other novels, Opal Country, was set in a fictitious opal mining town.

Bourke Public Library Manager, Jodi Hatch is excited about the author’s upcoming visit after he agreed to include Bourke in his busy schedule.

Mr Hammer lives in Canberra and is touring other western NSW locations including Narromine, Dubbo, and Coonabarabran.

“We have Chris Hammer coming to visit us on Friday, the 17th of May at 7:30pm,” Mrs Hatch said. “Chris is a top Australian author. He’s got a couple of series out. One is the Martin Scarsden series which includes Scrublands which has just been made into a TV series on Stan.”

Scrublands was an instant bestseller upon publication in 2018, topping the Australian fiction charts. It was shortlisted for major writing awards in Australia, the UK, and the United States. In the UK it was named the Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year 2019. […]

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