The Crime Writers' Association

Mark Brandi

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Mark Brandi’s bestselling novel, Into the River (Hachette Australia, Legend Press), won the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger (as Wimmera), and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime.

His second novel, The Rip, is to be published by Hachette Australia in March 2019 (Legend Press, 2020). It is already receiving critical acclaim.

Mark’s shorter work has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Big Issue, and in journals both in Australia and overseas. His writing is also sometimes heard on Australia’s ABC Radio National.

Mark graduated with a criminal justice degree and worked extensively in the justice system, before changing direction and deciding to write. Originally from Italy, he grew up in rural Victoria. Mark now lives in Melbourne and is already working on his next work of fiction.


Debut - Wimmera (2016)

Other Awards

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Books by Mark Brandi

  • Wimmera


  • Into the River


  • The Rip