An unpredictable page-turner you won't want to put down

Reese Witherspoon, Actor and producer, @RWitherspoon

One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... every word is near perfect

David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guilty

Jane's remarkable book possesses my two favourite things: Brilliant writing and an Australian setting

Bruna Papandrea, Executive Producer, Gone Girl, Wild

With The Dry, Jane Harper immediately takes her place among the elites in the mystery world

John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Fall

The Dry ... shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country

Michael Robotham, CWA Gold Dagger winner, bestselling author of Life or Death

Everything you will hear about this book will be true. This is amazing and addictive


WOW. This is THE BEST book I have EVER read. It's one of those books that will stick with you forever


A thrilling, can't-put-it-down read

Adrik Kemp via

Wow. World, you are going to love this book


If her writing was any sharper, it would cut


Jane Harper


Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK.

The Dry, her first novel, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015. Rights have since been sold in more than 20 territories and been optioned for a film by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea's production company, Pacific Standard.
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The Dry reviewed

quotegraphicThe New York Times

Harper has made her own major mark long before any film version (of The Dry) comes along
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quotegraphicThe Guardian

A sense of place so vivid you can almost feel the blistering heat add up to a remarkably assured debut
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quotegraphicSyd Morning Herald

There is about The Dry something mythic and valiant ... a quintessential Australian story beautifully told
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As seen on TV

Jane Harper on Studio10

Jane on Studio 10

Jane discusses the inspiration for The Dry and its path to publication with the Studio 10 team in Sydney. More...


Art of The Dry

Inspired by The Dry, this illustration by Steven Moore appeared in the Australian Financial Review.

Indie winner

The Dry named book of the year at 2017 Indie Awards

Book of the Year

The Dry wins independent booksellers' top award. More...

Making news

The Dry out in US, UK

The Dry out in US, UK

The Dry is released to critical acclaim internationally after a huge six months in Australia. More...

Page-turner of a mystery

Page-turner of a mystery

New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin reviews The Dry on the eve of its US launch. Click here

Readers back The Dry

Readers back The Dry

The Dry is voted into the ABC Book Club's Five of the Best for 2016. More...