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Jane Harper (1) (1980–)

Author of The Dry

For other authors named Jane Harper, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Jane Harper is an author who won the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her novel The Dry. The $15,000 award was presented at the opening night of the 2015 Emerging Writers Festival. Harper's winning manuscript was chosen from a shortlist of three from more show more than 130 entries. The Dry tells `the story of a city policeman who is dragged back to the country township he fled years earlier to investigate a multiple homicide'. The Victorian Premier's Literary Award, for an Unpublished Manuscript, is administered by the Wheeler Centre. The Dry won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Derbut Fiction and as Book of the Year. It was also the winner of the 2018 British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller book of the year, and won the 2018 Barry Award for Best First Novel. Her second book entitled Force of Nature was published in May 2018, which won the 2018 Davitt Award for Readers' choice. The Lost Man is her third book and was published in October 2018. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jane Harper

The Dry (2016) 3,835 copies, 266 reviews
Force of Nature (2018) 2,134 copies, 143 reviews
The Lost Man (2018) 1,820 copies, 121 reviews
The Survivors (2021) 1,621 copies, 81 reviews
Exiles (2022) 798 copies, 57 reviews


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Common Knowledge

England, UK (birth)
Country (for map)
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Places of residence
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Boronia, Victoria, Australia
Hampshire, England, UK
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
University of Kent (Canterbury, England, UK)
Clare Forster (Curtis Brown)
Alice Lutyens (Curtis Brown)
Eva Papastratis (Curtis Brown)
Daniel Lazar (Writers House)
Jerry Kalajian (Intellectual Property Group)
Fiona Inglis (Curtis Brown Australia) (show all 10)
Benjamin Paz (Curtis Brown Australia)
Gordon Wise (Curtis Brown UK)
Liz Dennis (Curtis Brown UK)
Caoimhe White (Curtis Brown UK)
Short biography
Jane Harper (born 1980) is an Australian author known for her crime novels The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man.

Born in Manchester in the UK, Harper moved to Australia with her family when she was eight. There, she lived in the Melbourne outer suburb of Boronia, and eventually acquired Australian citizenship. As a teen, Harper returned to the UK with her family and resided in Hampshire. Later, she attended the University of Kent and studied English. After spending time working on her career, she moved back to Australia.

After graduating with an entry level journalism qualification, she got her first job at the Darlington & Stockton Times as a trainee in County Durham. Later in her journalism career, she earned the title as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail. In 2011, she became a journalist for the Herald Sun. Harper worked as a print journalist for 13 years before writing her first novel, The Dry, which was published in 2016.

The Dry, Harper's first novel, is a thriller set in a fictional town five hours west of Melbourne. A Federal Agent, Aaron Falk, returns to his old hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood best friend, Luke. Falk teams up with a local detective and tries to uncover the truth behind Luke's sudden mysterious death, only to find more questions than answers.
Force of Nature

Harper's second thriller is set in the thickly forested mountains north-east of Melbourne, again featuring Federal Agent Aaron Falk. A group from a Melbourne company go on a retreat in the mountains, where one of the women disappears. Falk has been investigating the company for financial irregularities, and the woman was his secret informer.

Harper's third murder mystery is set in south-west Queensland on a large cattle station. The police find nothing in Cameron Bright's death from dehydration to suggest foul play, and the investigation is carried out informally by the dead man's elder brother Nathan.

In 2014, Big Issue published one of Harper's short stories. Soon after, in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2015, Harper won an award for an unpublished manuscript (The Dry). In 2017, Harper won the Gold ABIA for Book of the Year and the Davitt Award for The Dry, and the Gold Dagger awarded by the Crime Writers' Association of the United Kingdom for the best crime novel of the year. Harper became a New York Times bestselling author for The Dry. Reese Witherspoon bought the rights to The Dry to turn it into a movie, which will be released in August 2020. The Lost Man was shortlisted for the 2020 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.



Reading this tale of the outback and isolating and sometimes brutal life you can sense the red dust which surrounds you. Harper drives home how necessary it is to be dependent on your family and community to survive both physically and emotionally. The isolation can breed and hide the dark side as well and that is brought to bear in this tale.
ccayne | 120 other reviews | Jul 3, 2024 |
What first drew me in to this book were the descriptions of life in the Australian outback. So vast so different from anything I know. Then the narratives on Nathan's background continue pull me in until iI was hooked on it as a family drama and on solving the mystery of Camerson's death. I admired how the author subtley unfolded the conflicting features of Cameron's character.
Even though I just started the book as an easy pre-sleep read, it soon became a daytime page turner
amaraki | 120 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
In this final installment in the Aaron Falk mystery series, Aaron is visiting friends in Australia's wine country. On his arrival he learns about the mysterious disappearance one year ago of a new mother. Despite being in town for a baptism, Falk can't help but don his detective cap, as the missing woman had close connections to his friends and their community.

I'm enjoying series well enough that I would have continued, but it sounds as though the author has confirmed this will be the final book in the series. For others like me, who don't naturally gravitate strongly toward mysteries, I recommend it both as a good series to dip one's toes into the genre and a peek into Australian literature and culture.… (more)
ryner | 56 other reviews | Jun 18, 2024 |



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