The Dry out in US, UK

The Dry out in US, UK

Monday, January 16, 2017

Author Jane Harper’s highly anticipated debut novel The Dry has been released in the United States and United Kingdom having become a bestseller in its first six months on sale in Australia.

Described as a “breathless page-turner” by acclaimed reviewer for The New York Times Janet Maslin, The Dry follows the story of a white-collar policeman drawn back to his country roots while attending the funeral of an old friend, his wife and child. Being a mystery-thriller, it is not long before the circumstances of the deaths are called into question.

A film rights deal for The Dry has been struck with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard; rights to the book have sold in more than 20 territories, with a raft of releases scheduled for early this year.

As well as the US (Flatiron Books) and UK (Little, Brown) releases, French (titled Canicule, Kero), German (Rowohlt Polaris) and Polish (Susza, Black Sheep) versions of The Dry are also on sale now.

It has been an incredible journey for Jane and The Dry, which won the Victorian Premier’s award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2015 on its way to being published in Australia by Pan Macmillan in June 2016.

More than 50,000 copies of The Dry were sold in Australia in its first six months, and it continues to sell strongly and be widely recommended.

“It is really exciting to see The Dry being launched in some of the biggest international markets,” Jane said.

“I’ve been encouraged by the early response to the book. Even though it is a very Australian story I’m pleased that it appears to have translated so well for overseas readers.”

Further scheduled releases of The Dry include translations in Danish (February), Italian (February), Dutch (February), Turkish (March), Czech (March), Japanese (April) and Spanish (August).

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