A Short Biography
Cassie Hamer has a professional background in journalism and PR, but now much prefers the world of fiction over fact. In 2015, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing, and has since achieved success in numerous short story competitions. (Complete list below)
Her debut novel, After the Party, was an Australian bestseller and her second book, The End of Cuthbert Close, is available now in all good bookshops.
Cassie lives in Sydney with her terrific husband, her three, mostly-terrific daughters, and a mini-labradoodle, Charlie, who is the newest and least demanding family member.
In between daydreaming and dog walking, Cassie is writing her next novel but always has time to connect with other passionate readers via her website – CassieHamer.com – or through social media.
Critical Praise for The End of Cuthbert Close
‘Well crafted … warm and light of heart… very funny beach read.’ Sydney Morning Herald/The Age
‘Fabulous, fun, thought-provoking read.’ Better Reading
‘A great book club book’ Debbish.com
‘Australia’s answer to Marian Keyes.’ Chrissie Bellbrae
Critical Praise for After the Party
‘After The Party captures Australian suburbia superbly… It has the reader gripped until the end.’ – Mamamia.com.au
‘Everything I love in a novel – jam-packed with intrigue and humour – After the Party will keep you turning the pages into the earl hours.’ Bestselling Australian author, Rachael Johns.
‘… blending the relatable with the extraordinary, Cassie Hamer hits the sweet spot with her debut novel, After The Party…’ – Daily Telegraph
‘In a very clever way, Cassie Hamer has intertwined several stories into one, almost forcing you to keep reading.’ – StartsatSixty.com
‘I guarantee you will recognise your child, your neighbour, your partner or yourself in this story. I can see it being passed from sister to sister, or from girlfriend to girlfriend, with a knowing look, an exasperated sigh and a genuine giggle.’ – Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed and Parting Words
‘It’s the type of writing I love… Very real and relatable.’ – Debbish.com
‘…well paced, funny, and appealing, and should delight anyone looking for fresh women’s fiction this season.’ – WordMothers.com
‘..sensitively crafted… excellent pacing.. This one won’t disappoint.’ – Happy Antipodean
Literary Awards and Prizes
First place: Shoalhaven Literary Award 2017
Second place: Newcastle Short Story Award (2018), Margaret River Press Short Story Award (2017)
Third place: Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (2017 & 2015)
Highly Commended: Scarlett Stiletto Short Story Award (2017), ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Stringybark Publishing Short Story Award (2017), Albury City Short Story Award (2017), Margaret River Press Short Story Competition (2014)
Commended: FAW Northern Region Short Story Competition (2013)
Finalist/Shortlisted: EJ Brady Mallacoota Prize (2018), Peter Carey Short Story Award (2017), Alan Marshall Short Story Award (2017), Margaret River Press Short Story Competition (2015), Cowley Literary Award (2014), Joyce Parkes Women Writers Prize (2014)