World Book Club this month talks to the world-renowned Australian author Jane Harper at her home in Melbourne, Australia, about her internationally garlanded thriller, The Dry.Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, tensions in a small town community become unbearable when the Hadler family are found brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler’s guilty, committing suicide after slaughtering his wife and son.But policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his best friend and is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. As he probes deeper into the killings, secrets from the past bubble to the surface and he questions the truth of his friend's crime.A chilling story set under a sweltering sun dealing with issues of climate change, alcoholism and a community on the brink of breaking down.(Picture: Jane Harper. Photo credit: Katsnapp Photography.)
The Drunk Guys get lost in beer this week when they discuss The Lost Man by Jane Harper, the final episode of season 4. They also throw another beer on the barbie, along with: Some Static Started by Thin Man, Upside by Torch and Crown, ET Stay(ed) Home 11 and
Award-winning author Jane Harper taps into the insatiable desire for authentic crime thrillers with “The Dry” her best-selling novel that has put her firmly on the international stage with more than a million copies sold globally so far!The story features a desperate tale of murder and mystery set against the arid outback and drought-stricken Australian landscape. In the book, the tragic tale of an unexplained murder-suicide rocks a small rural town, set against a backdrop of drought and isolation.“Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…”A powerful tale of fear, loss, secrets, and love, the film version starring Australian screen legend Eric Bana has just taken more than $10 million at the Box Office! So Jane is definitely a powerful storyteller who has captured the Australian essence and ethos. But in truth, she’s captured universal themes of trauma, betrayal, survival, and truth.This is also reflected in her new book “The Survivors” with The Guardian describing it as portraying a “sense of a place so vivid you can almost feel the blistering heat “, and the Sydney Morning Herald stating there is “something mythic and valiant .. a quintessentially Australian story beautifully told” Well, it’s quite an accolade when The 42nd US president Bill Clinton comments on your best-selling novel. Describing “The Dry” in glowing terms he says, “It makes the Australian Outback come alive and breeds respect for its survivors.”The major motion picture adaptation of The Dry, starring Eric Bana as Aaron Falk, has had rave reviews. Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year. In 2019 she continued to win an array of literary awards.But Jane has already released her next book, The Survivors, her fourth novel - a standalone mystery set in Tasmania. Once again it’s a gripping tale of survival with secrets and a historical murder that sets to unravel a rural community.So where did it all start? Actually born in Manchester Jane moved back to Australia eventually taking up an opportunity as a business journalist, in which she “wrote hundreds of words most days", good training for her soon-to-be fiction writing.In 2014, Jane submitted a short story which was one of 12 chosen for the Big Issue's annual Fiction Edition. That inspired her to pursue creative writing more seriously, writing daily before and after work, breaking through with “The Dry at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in 2015.”As a fellow journalist, I am inspired by her success which I think in part is a reflection of her eye for detail, her authenticity, and her penchant for a good crime thriller!
Jane and I discuss her latest book The Survivors, how setting and plot drive her stories, creating a strong sense of place, her thoughts on the motion picture adaptation of The Dry and Eric Bana as Aaron Falk, how her journalism training helps her write thrillers, and much more. The Survivors can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Jane’s 2 recommended reads are: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood Thanks to Gene Rontal for sponsoring this episode. His mystery A Pre-Existing Condition can be purchased here. If you enjoy reading mysteries/thrillers and want to listen to more podcast episodes, try Wendy Walker, Alice Henderson, Lisa Gardner, or David Heska Wanbli Weiden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Magic Book Club Podcast with Jane Harper and Ella Risbridger
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On this week's episode of The Magic Book Club Podcast, Emma catches up with mistress of suspense, Jane Harper, all the way from Australia. The pair talk true crime, living in Australia throughout a global pandemic, and casting hearthrobs in films... well, if you wrote the book, you would, wouldn't you? And in a beautiful end to January, Emma speaks to the genius behind Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes worth Living For, Ella Risbridger about food love stories and just how she's getting through the start of 2021. Spoiler alert: it may have a lot to do with crumpets. And head to magic.co.uk to get more reading inspiration from our January 2021 picks.
Jane Harper, award-winning author of The Dry, has written a new novel, The Survivors. Described by one critic as “yet another perfectly balanced, finely honed, deliciously atmospheric thriller”, it is a stand-alone mystery set on the Tasmanian coast. She talks about the book, shares thoughts about writing crime, and reveals tips for crafting thrilling narratives.With presenter Mel Cranenburgh. Website: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/backstory
Jane Harper on becoming a bestselling novelist, how to get readers hooked and the stories behind her novels and new book The Survivors.
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Jane Harper is one of the rare authors whose books are so successful that they’ve carved out a whole new genre – it’s called Outback or Rural Noir, and it has taken the world by storm. Jane is the author of international bestsellers The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man and the new book that’s recently come out called The Survivors which sold an extraordinary 20,000 copies in the first week it was released in Australia, immediately going to no. #1 on the bestseller lists. Jane does many things to weave her particular magic. She captures the hostility as well as the beauty of the Australian landscape, and she writes characters you’re invested in, with pacey stories you can’t put down. Her books have been published in over 40 territories and have won numerous awards including the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, The Sunday Times Crime book of the year, Amazon’s Best Mystery and Thriller Novel - the list goes on. The film adaptation of The Dry, made by Reese Witherspoon and her production company, will be released next year.
Tech Guide Episode 421 - with special guest best-selling author JANE HARPER
The 5G war is on between the telcos ahead of the iPhone 12 launch, the business card has been re-invented for the 21st century, in the Celebrity Tech interview we talk to Australian best-selling author Jane Harper, we’ll take a look at the LG Tone Free earphones which have a germ killing charging case, we check out the Airvida M1 - the world’s smallest air purifier, the Ecovacs OZMO T8 robot vacuum becomes even more useful with the launch of a new feature and we’ll answer your tech questions in the Tech Guide Help Desk.