Jane Harper was born in Manchester, before moving to Australia with her family at age eight. In 2014, she submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition. This inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, and that year she applied for the Curtis Brown Creative online 12-week novel writing course.

Her first novel The Dry has sold well over half a million copies worldwide, and has won numerous awards including the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards, the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel and the British Book Award for Crime/Thriller Novel of the Year. The Dry has been adapted into a major film starring Eric Bana, released in 2021.

Jane's novels Force of Nature, The Lost Man and 2020's The Survivors have received huge critical acclaim and have all been international bestsellers.

Jane previously worked as a print journalist in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter and son.


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With The Survivors, Jane Harper proves she's unquestionably the real deal.

Val McDermid
on The Survivors

Harper goes from strength to strength.

The Observer
on The Survivors

Harper’s gripping third novel — after  The Dry and  Force of Nature — is her most accomplished yet: a moving story of loneliness, grief and redemption.

The Times
on The Lost Man

I loved The Dry  by Jane Harper, I thought it was magnificent, like everybody else did... Fabulous! And her new book Force of Nature... such brilliance. From the first paragraph I was hooked—you just know you're in the hands of a master. She’s such an excellent writer and the sense of place is so powerful.

Marian Keyes
on Force of Nature

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

A book that has atmosphere to spare, as well as a pleasing number of twists and turns. Elegant and gripping

Ian Rankin
Guardian Best Books of 2017 on The Dry

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