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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Harper's first novel, The Dry, was published in 2016, after winning the Victorian Premier's Award for an unpublished manuscript the year before.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

y separately published work icon The Survivors Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2020 19219830 2020 single work novel crime

'Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

'The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home.

'Kieran's parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea, that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

'When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2021 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
2021 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2021 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Adult Fiction Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2021 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon The Lost Man Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 14706327 2018 single work novel crime

'The man lay still in the centre of a dusty grave under a monstrous sky.

'Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland.

'They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last chance for their middle brother, Cameron.

'The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects...'

Source: publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
2020 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2019 winner Davitt Award Readers' Choice Award
2019 longlisted Colin Roderick Award
2019 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2019 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2019 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2019 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon Force of Nature Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2017 11561364 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 Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
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