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 Award, the Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel 2017, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 2017. It was also named Waterstones’ Thriller of the Month for two consecutive months. The Dry has been adapted into a major film starring Eric Bana. Her follow-up novel, Force of Nature, quickly climbed the bestseller list and was shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year Award as well as winning the Davitt Award for Readers Choice. Her latest work, The Lost Man, was published in 2019 and appeared instantly in The Sunday Times bestseller top ten. 

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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Jane Harper interview with Stellar Magazine

I can tell you I devoured it in the space of 24 hours. Every bit as good as The Dry. Probably better, actually. May have to push Jane Harper under a bus. 

Val McDermid
on The Lost Man