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Wimmera : The bestselling Australian debut from the Crime Writers  Association Dagger winner - Mark Brandi


The bestselling Australian debut from the Crime Writers Association Dagger winner


Published: 27th June 2017
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In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.

Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

Then a newcomer arrived in the Wimmera. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. Up close, the man's shoulders were wide and the veins in his arms stuck out, blue and green. His hands were enormous, red and knotty. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab's dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.

Twenty years later, Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more.

About the Author

Mark Brandi has been published, broadcast and shortlisted in journals and competitions both locally and overseas. Originally from Marche, growing up Italian in a rural Victorian town influences much of his work. Mark graduated from a criminal justice degree and his career includes roles as a policy advisor and project officer in the Department of Justice, before changing direction and deciding to write. Mark's writing has appeared in THE GUARDIAN, THE AGE, the BIG ISSUE, and is often broadcast on Radio National. He is the winner of the 2016 UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger for his first novel, Wimmera, which he developed during two residential fellowships at Varuna.


Very good book


Very happy with book and service

Western Australia

It was a good read, have 3 sons, its very much a "boys" read


It was different for me, but enjoyable. No "love" interest so that great. I am 70 & usually prefer travel now, but this was great

New Zealand

Awesome book with great Australian references


Had this recommended to me due to the numerous awards and from great feedback. As an 80s baby, the popular culture references were welcoming and really played to the writing and character development. Broken into 3 parts, the writer really develops the characters and sets the scene and most importantly, the suspense. A great read for the holidays. Can't recommend enough.


Realistic and thought provoking


I would thoroughly recommend this book.

North Carlton, Victoria

A much needed addition to Australian literature


It is beautifully written. Its style is both sensitive, expressive and colorful. This book would appeal to audiences of all ages as it discusses quite deftly a wide range of themes. I would recommended it in particular to all parents, teachers, social workers and law enforcers.

North Carlton, Victoria

Great Australian Novel


As an Australian I could relate to the times and the age. Great read.


Great read and very hard to put down.


I purchased this book mainly due to the name of the novel. I come from this area of Victoria so I might be a little bias. The book is very well written, the characters were engaging and I found it very difficult to put the book down as I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I found that the two main characters friendship to be aspiring and heartfelt in what was a shed of light in what was otherwise a dark story line.


It's been a while since I read a book in a single day!


This is a cracking read.

Perth, Australia

Read and enjoy the twist


brilliant written story couldn't put the book down fantastic twist......


A must read!!👍👍






4.9 10


Given the substantial list of award wins and short-listings that the unpublished manuscript has already received, including the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award, it's clear that the reader is in the hands of a master storyteller. Comparisons are already being made to Jane Harper's THE DRY and Dennis Lehane's MYSTIC RIVER. This is literary crime fiction at its best. - BOOKS+PUBLISHING

written with great delicacy and deliberate restraint - ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

Very little fiction is as emotionally true as this. WIMMERA is a dark and disturbing story from a substantial new talent. - SATURDAY PAPER

Wimmera makes excellent use of atmospheric rural Australia to weave a gothic story with a strongly rooted sense of place. - HERALD SUN

Congratulations to this debut Australian author, Mark Brandi. This well-plotted tale lets the reader see how evil can be so pervasive and affect the lives of innocent children, but also how true friendship can alter your life forever.

If you like reading stories that will stay with you for days, put this onto you're to be read list. - Read Round Oz Blog

Wimmera is a dark and melancholy coming-of-age story / murder mystery from a talented new voice in Australian crime fiction. Incorporating some iconic Australian elements, the story is like time-travel back to the eighties, capturing the quintessential rural Australian

ISBN: 9780733638459
ISBN-10: 0733638457
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1