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23 March 2017

Congratulations to Victorian author and former journalist Jane Harper who has taken out the top prize at the 2017 Indie Book Awards for her debut novel The Dry.

Victorian author Jane Harper

Victorian author Jane Harper

The Dry is a thriller set in the fictional town of Kiewarra, Victoria. A rural setting packed with secrets and mystery, and the hardships drought brings.   

In 2015  Jane  won  the  Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her then unpublished work. Flash forward to 2017 – Pan Macmillan have published it, Reese Witherspoon's film production company has optioned it, rights have been sold to 20 countries and booksellers around the Australia have voted it the overall winner at the Indie Book Awards. The novel has blown away readers and critics alike and has sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Not bad for a debut novel, and at that, a novel released in Australia's book market where overseas publications dominate the crime genre.

Fellow Victorian authors Helen Garner and Cath Crowley were also honoured at the awards. Garner picked up the Indie Book of the Year Non-Fiction for Everywhere I Look and Crowley took home Indie Book of the Year Young Adult for Words in Deep Blue.

More on the 2017 Indie Book Award winners