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Jane Harper Jane Harper i(9182774 works by)
Born: Established: Manchester,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Crime novelist.

Born in Manchester in the UK, Jane Harper moved to Australia with her family when she was eight years old. After eight years in Victoria (at which time they obtained Australian citizenship), the family returned to the UK, and Harper was educated at the University of Kent in Canterbury (English and History).

After graduation, Harper worked as a journalist, first on the Darlington & Stockton Times and then on the Hull Daily Mail. She continued journalism after her return to Australia in 2008, working for the Geelong Advertiser and the Melbourne-based Herald Sun.

Harper's first novel, The Dry, was published in 2016, after winning the Victorian Premier's Award for an unpublished manuscript the year before. It continued its winning streak, winning the Indie Award for debut fiction, two Australian Book Industry Awards (for general fiction book of the year and the overarching book of the year award), and, unusually for an Australian novel, the Gold Dagger from the Crime Writers' Association (UK). It was also published almost immediately into British and American territories, and, as of 2018, translated into fifteen languages.

Harper has subsequently published a sequel, with a third book featuring the same detective due in 2018.

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 24  in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Awards for Works

Force of Nature 2017 single work novel crime thriller

'Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

'The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

'Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - in just a matter of days she was to provide the documents that will bring down the company she works for.

'Falk discovers that far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. But does it include murder?' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2018 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
The Dry 2016 single work novel detective


'Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

'When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

'And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...' (Publication summary)

2018 winner International Awards British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year
2018 nominated International Awards Anthony Awards Best First Novel
2018 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2017 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
2017 winner Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Gold Dagger
2017 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2017 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut
2017 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2017 winner Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2017 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2017 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2017 winner Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2015 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer
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