Jane Harper

Novelist 

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Biography

Jane Harper is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry and Force of Nature, published in Australia by Pan Macmillan. Published in 30 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, The Dry has won numerous top awards including UK’s CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the Ned Kelly and two Davitt Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and Indie Award Book of the Year and Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award. It was also included on The Guardian and The Telegraph's best books of the year for 2017, and featured as The Sunday Times crime novel of the year. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne. 

It is hard to believe that this accomplished piece of writing, which returns again and again to the savage beauty of the landscape, is Harper's first novel

Sunday Times
on The Dry

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Solid storytelling that, despite a plethora of flashbacks, never loses momentum, strong characterisation and sense of place so vivid that you can almost feel the blistering heat add up to a remarkably assured debut

Laura Wilson
The Guardian on The Dry

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A sad, beautifully told tale of lives regretted.

The Times
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Jane Harper's fleet novel about a triple killing is packed with sneaky moves and teasing possibilities that keep the reader guessing...hard to believe this is her first novel... The Dry is a breathless page-turner... The dryness that gives the book its eerie title looms large in the novel's finale, when certain kinds of weapons become even more terrible than those used to butcher the Hadlers. And a book with a secret on every page now has threats blooming everywhere, too.

Janet Maslin
The New York Times on The Dry

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Wonderfully atmospheric, The Dry is both a riveting murder mystery and a beautifully wrought picture of rural community under extreme pressure

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Pulse-thumping suspense... Building from the first page, rammed with atmosphere, suspicions, lies and tension, this is a first-class crime debut

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  • @marksmith0257 I know. I wish I’d included a whole storyline about the shame of Manus Island.

    Good to see #ForceOfNature getting a run on the PM’s summer reading list. https://t.co/8ezpVsb5vM https://t.co/GOdM40yj8U

    RT @curtisbrownaus: Very happy for @janeharperautho whose debut novel 'The Dry' has been selected by Janet Maslin as one of the New York Ti…