Jane Harper

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Jane Harper (born 1980) is a British-born Australian author known for her novel The Dry.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Manchester in the UK, Harper moved to Australia with her family when she was eight. There, she lived in Boronia, Victoria, 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. In 2008, after spending time working on her career, she moved back to Australia.[2]

Career[edit]

After graduating with an entry level journalism qualification, she got her first job at the Darlington & Stockton Times as a trainee in County Durham.[3] Later in her journalism career, she earned the title as a senior news journalist for the Hull Daily Mail.[4] In 2011, she became a journalist for the Herald Sun.[5][6] After spending many years as a journalist, Harper took an online class that lead to the eventual novel, The Dry.

The Dry[edit]

The Dry, the first novel written by Harper, is a thriller set in a fictional town five hours away from Melbourne in Australia.[7] This novel features a Federal Agent, Aaron Falk, who 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.[8]

Force of Nature[edit]

Harper's second thriller set outside Melbourne, Australia, featuring Federal Agent Aaron Falk.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2014, Big Issue published one of Harper's short stories.[10] Soon after, during the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2015, Harper won an award for an unpublished manuscript (The Dry).[11] In 2017, Harper won the Gold ABIA for Book of the Year for her novel, The Dry.[12] After Harper got recognition for her novel The Dry, and it became an international piece of literature, Reese Witherspoon bought the rights to The Dry, from Harper to turn it into a movie in the future.[13] Harper also became a New York Times bestselling author for the same novel.[14]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Dry, Sydney, New South Wales Macmillan, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016, ISBN 978-1-74354-999-5
  • Force of Nature, Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd, 2017, ISBN 978-1-74354-909-4
  • The Lost Man, Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd, October 2018, ISBN 978-1-74354-910-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maslin, Janet. "'The Dry,' a Page-Turner of a Mystery Set in a Parched Australia". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ Harper, Jane. "About Jane Harper". janeharper.com. Jane Harper. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ Harper, Jane. "About Jane Harper". janeharper.com. Jane Harper. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ Romei, Stephen (21 March 2017). "Jane Harper's The Dry wins Indie book of year, Reese Witherspoon gets film rights". The Australian. The Australian. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  5. ^ Harper, Jane (29 May 2015). "Herald Sun journalist Jane Harper wins 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript with The Dry". Herald Sun. Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ Romei, Stephen (March 21, 2017). "Jane Harper's The Dry wins Indie book of year, Reese Witherspoon gets film rights". The Australian. The Australian. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  7. ^ "The Dry: Book Summary". Book Browse: Your Guide to Exceptional Books. BookBrowse LLC. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "(7)The Dry by Jane Harper". Charlotte's Web of Books. Charlotte's Web of Books. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Book Review". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Jane Harper". The Wheeler Centre: Books Writing Ideas. Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2015". The Wheeler Centre: Books Writing Ideas. Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  12. ^ "The 17th Annual Australian Book Industry Awards Winners Announced". Australian Book Industry Awards. Abiawards. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  13. ^ Staff Writer. "Screen Australia backs projects from Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon". if.com.au. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  14. ^ Maslin, Janet. "'The Dry,' a Page-Turner of a Mystery Set in a Parched Australia". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2017.