Author Profile: Jane Harper

Author Profile:   Jane Harper is an Australian author.

Name: Jane Harper


2016 – The Dry

2017 – Force of Nature

2017 – Unequally Divided: Impossible decisions during the Vietnam Era.

2018 – The Lost Man: The Gripping page-turning crime classic.

Background: Jane Harper was born in 1980 in Manchester, United Kingdom. She is 40 years old. Her husband is Peter Strachan. She completed her education at the University of Kent.

When she was eight, she moved with her family to Australia, in the outer suburb of Boronia at Melbourne. She attained citizenship in Australia eventually. She returned with her family to UK in her teenage years to live in Hampshire. She started her career here and again returned to Australia.

Jane Harper completed graduation with qualification in entry level journalism. Her first job was as trainee at the Darlington & Stockton Times in County Durham. She worked for the Hull Daily Mail as senior news journalist later on in her career in journalism. She became a journalist for the Herald Sun in 2011. Before writing, The Dry, (published in 2016) her first novel, she worked for thirteen years as a print journalist.

Genre: Jane Harper’s writings revolve around crime, investigations, thriller stories and murder mysteries.

Literary Contributions: Jane Harper is winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for, The Dry, her bestselling first novel. Jane Harper has been nominated for the Anthony Award for the Best First Novel.

Unique Stylistic Features: The Dry, a completely engrossing detective story powerfully portrays a small drought, alcoholism and poverty stricken town in Australia, located in the middle of nowhere. Her first novel, The Dry, is a thriller set for in a fictional town near Melbourne. Aaron Fak a federal agent comes back to his hometown to attend Luke (his best friend’s) funeral who died suddenly. He attempts uncovering the truth with local detectives but ends up with more questions instead of answers.

Force of Nature, her second book features similar concerns and investigation about the struggle for survival in the unforgiving wilderness of Australia. This stunning debut definitely lives up to her promise. Force of Nature features Federal agent again who investigates about the woman who was his secret informer and also investigates the company for irregularities in finance. The story is set in a densely forested mountain area near Melbourne.

The Lost Man is a murder mystery set on a large cattle station near Queensland, where Cameron Bright has died due to dehydration. Nathan his elder brother carries out informal investigation to find out if there is any foul play.

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