Jane Harper was born in Manchester, before moving to Australia with her family at age eight. After graduating from the University of Kent she worked as a senior news journalist for publications such as The Hull Daily Mail and the Herald Sun in Melbourne, for 13 years.
In 2014, Jane 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 was a bestseller 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 and was named Waterstones’ Thriller of the Month for two consecutive months. The film rights have been sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. Her follow-up novel, Force of Nature, was published in October 2017 and quickly climbed The Sunday Times top ten bestseller list.
Jane lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter.
Harper depicts it so well that the book would have reduced me to a sweaty, crumpled heap on the floor had I not been energised by her diabolically clever plotting.
The Telegraph, the Best Thrillers and Crime Fiction of 2017 on The Dry
It is hard to believe that this accomplished piece of writing, which returns again and again to the savage beauty of the landscape, is Harper's first novel
on The Dry
Start the new term at Curtis Brown Creative
Force of Nature Wins Readers’ Choice Davitt Award
Curtis Brown and ICM Authors Featured on Goodreads and Amazon Top Pick Lists
Force of Nature Shortlisted for Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards 2018
Curtis Brown Authors Storm Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards Longlist
RT @booktopia: "The best thing she has ever written!" - Sarah McDuling reviews @janeharperautho's new book, The Lost Man | https://t.co/XER…
@LD39018814 Oh thankyou, I’m so glad you enjoyed that one too!
RT @Isabelle_Broom: Also mega thrilled to have the new @janeharperautho! #TheLostMan sounds AMAZING 🤗 https://t.co/BqMPiuuAlq