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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 is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry and Force of Nature. Her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. 

Jane has won numerous top awards including the 2017 Davitt Award for Best Adult Novel, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year. Jane worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK, and lives in Melbourne. Her third book, The Lost Man, is due out on 23 October 2018.

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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