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Jane Harper

Jane Harper’s debut crime novel, The Dry, was an instant success – selling into 20 countries, winning major awards at the Indie Book Awards and getting optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company.

The Dry – set in a drought-stricken farming community in rural Victoria – follows federal police investigator Aaron Falk, who returns to his hometown in the wake of a horrific act involving a childhood friend and his family. Written with expert precision, the intrigue led to a thrilling denouement that left readers gasping.

Thankfully, Aaron Falk is back for Harper’s next mystery. Her second book, Force of Nature, finds the federal agent embroiled in a search for missing bushwalker Alice Russell. But this is far from a straightforward accident or random abduction – Alice was a whistleblower, who had been feeding the feds intel about her employers.

Join Jane Harper in conversation with the Wheeler Centre’s Helen Withycombe. The pair will discuss crime, conspiracy and runaway success.


Portrait of Jane Harper

Jane Harper

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Dry is her first novel with rights sold to over twenty territories. Jane lives in Melbourne.

Portrait of Helen Withycombe

Helen Withycombe

Helen Withycombe is the Wheeler Centre's Head of Programming. Before this, she was Programming Manager. Prior to joining the Wheeler Centre team, Helen had worked in the publishing industry for more than 10 years, most recently as a senior editor at Hardie Grant Books.


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