In conversation with Dervla McTiernan and Mark Brandi


Dervla McTiernan and Mark Brandi will be in conversation with Chris Hammer in a blockbuster crime double-header, discussing their second novels, McTiernan's The Scholar and Brandi's The Rip. These books follow their critically acclaimed, bestselling debut novels, The Rúin and Wimmera.

Dervla's compulsive new crime thriller begins when research scientist Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across a body outside her laboratory at Galway University late one evening. A security card in the dead woman's pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant Darcy Therapeutics. The multi-billion-dollar company, founded by her grandfather, has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties. The enquiry into Carline's death promises to be high profile and high pressure for Emma's partner, DS Cormac Reilly.

"McTiernan, born in Ireland but now living in Australia, is a writer to watch." - US Publishers Weekly (starred review of The Rúin)

Advance praise for The Scholar, "Taut, tense and darkly addictive. A treat for lovers of fine crime writing". - international bestselling author Candice Fox

Mark Brandi's bestselling novel, Wimmera, made him the first Australian to win the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. It was also named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards and shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

Mark's second novel, The Rip, is an unflinching novel of urban crime and addiction as a young woman is caught in a powerful downward spiral. The Rip subverts some of the more paternalistic beliefs about the nature of homelessness and addiction, as readers hope the characters they care about are going to make it out alive.

"The Rip pulled me into its unpredictable waters, and refused to let go".-Sofie Laguna

Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practised as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. 

Mark Brandi graduated with a criminal justice degree and worked extensively in the justice system, before changing direction and deciding to write. Originally from Italy, growing up in a rural Australian town continues to influence his creative focus. He now lives in Melbourne.

Chris Hammer, an ANU alumni, was a journalist for more than thirty years. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age. His first book, The River (2010) won the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. His bestselling debut novel  Scrublands (2018)has been recognised as one of the most powerful, compelling and original crime novels of rural Australia, alongside those of Peter Temple and Jane Harper.

The vote of thanks will be given by His Excellency Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase. Bar and restaurant facilities are also available in the new Kambri precinct.