Jane Harper


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Jane Harper is the author of The Dry, published in Australia by Pan Macmillan. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Dry is Jane’s first novel, with rights sold to over twenty territories. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne. In 2017, The Dry was named by the Indie Book Awards as their Book of the Year. 

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

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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.

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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
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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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