Sandi Scaunich


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Sandi lives and writes on the unceded sovereign lands of the Boonwurrung people, an area of Melbourne that forms part of the greater Kulin Nations. Sandi acknowledges the continuing connection of traditional owners to land, sea, culture and lore, and pays respects to elders past, present and emerging. Always was, always will be.


About Sandi Scaunich

Sandi is a self-confessed op-shop addict (she is REALLY good at spotting a bargain) and loves to read. She is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, a passionate gender equality advocate and writer. She lives in Bayside, Melbourne, with her husband, three children and an energetic Kelpie x named Pesca. Sandi does not - and will not - admit to eating too much liquorice. 

Her professional career spans the fields of medical anthropology, women’s health, and diversity and inclusion. She has worked extensively in government and community organisations, as well as in academia across three Melbourne universities. Her writing has appeared in various blogs, academic reports and The Age. She currently teaches postgraduate studies at Deakin University. 

After many years of formal writing, in 2017, Sandi fulfilled her long-held dream to write creatively and enrolled in a year-long university course.  

Chasing the McCubbin is her debut novel.

Sandi is currently writing her second novel, In The Shadow Of The Valley, a sweeping parallel story that speaks of power, trauma, separation and survival, and of the deepest mysteries of love, family and connection.


Chasing the McCubbin

March 1, 2021 (Transit Lounge Publishing)

Set against the backdrop of Melbourne during the recession of the early 1990s, Chasing the McCubbin is funny and sad in equal measure. The story of Joseph, a troubled unemployed teenager, and Ron, an eccentric antique and junk collector, will be the most heartbreaking yet feel-good novel you will read this year.

'Sympathetic and heartfelt.'

Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

'Authentic, subtle, evocative, alive.
                                                                   Kate Ryan, author of The Golden Book


'This is an uplifting story of hope and goodness triumphing.'

The Weekly Times

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March, 2021


Book Club

Sandi loves book clubs and will happily attend* in person (certain Melbourne areas only) or via online platforms such as Zoom. She will chat about her inspirations, the themes and characters in Chasing the McCubbin, as well as her writing process and all-things-books, really. 

*Just one little caveat: so everyone's 'on the same page', to borrow the cliché, Sandi asks that at least five book club members obtain a copy of Chasing the McCubbin before the scheduled meeting.

RSVP Closed
04 Mar, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Balcony Bar @ Hotel Esplanade ,
11 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

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