Critically acclaimed author, Jane Harper, was last night announced as the 2019 winner of the Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. The announcement was made during the Australian Crime Writers (ACWA) Association opening night of BAD 19 Sydney Crime Writers Festival. The awards night was attended by a litany of the most prestigious influences in Australian crime fiction/writing. The winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award, John Ibrahim (author of Last King of the Cross), presented Harper with the award.
Jane Harper is an International bestselling fiction author of a trio of crime novels; The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man. Jane is the darling of Australian crime fiction readers, finding critical and commercial success with all three of her novels. Her penultimate novel, The Dry, won the 2017 Gold ABIA for Book of the Year and additionally the 2017 Gold Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of the United Kingdom for Best Crime Novel of the Year.
The Lost Man follows two brothers who meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They meet at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother. Did their brother lose hope and then walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
Pan Macmillan is thrilled to congratulate Jane on another success!