Mark Dapin spends every spare moment playing with words, whether he's interviewing celebrities for newspapers, writing novels and short stories, composing funny columns about himself or recording history as seen through the eyes of those who were there.

His latest work of non-fiction, The Nashos' War draws on the accounts of over 150 former national servicemen and tells a more personal and nuanced story of national service and Australia's Vietnam War than that previously heard. Most powerfully, it records with extraordinary intensity what it was like to be a bank clerk one day, and fighting for your life in the jungles of Vietnam soon afterwards.

His hours of research and interviews for The Nashos' War also provided inspiration for his latest novel R&R (July 2015), which is a literary thriller about two military policemen in Vung Tau in the 1960s.

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.

Mark is currently studying for his PhD in Military History at ADFA UNSW and also edited the Penguin Book of Australian War Writing and the Penguin anthology From the Trenches: the Best ANZAC Writing of World War One.

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