Mark Dapin is an award-winning author and journalist. His latest novel, R&R (2015), is a gritty thriller set in the Vietnam War. R&R is inspired by Dapin’s hundreds of hours of research and interviews for his widely acclaimed military history The Nashos’ War (2014), which recently won an Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize, as well as the People’s Choice Award, at the national NIB Waverley Library Awards.
His first novel, King of the Cross (2009), won a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. His second book, Spirit House (2011), was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and very well reviewed both in Australia and the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. Dapin is currently completing his PhD studies in Military History at ADFA UNSW. He also edited the Penguin Book of Australian War Writing and the Penguin anthology, From the Trenches: the Best ANZAC Writing of World War One.