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‘The Dry’ author Jane Harper sells her St Kilda apartment where she wrote the bestseller

The writer’s nook! The Dry author Jane Harper sells the St Kilda apartment where she wrote the bestselling outback investigative drama

It’s a far cry from the fictional rural town of Kiewarra, but Jane Harper is now saddled up and selling her St Kilda apartment where she wrote her bestseller, The Dry.

The 41-year-old author and former journalist is renowned for the 2016 novel, which became immensely popular and spawned sequels and a movie in 2020.

Jane also wrote the sequel books to The Dry in the 2/43-44 Marine Parade block, which she purchased with her husband Peter Strachan in 2014. 

Saddling up: ‘The Dry’ author Jane Harper is selling her St Kilda apartment where she wrote the bestselling outback investigative drama

A part of literary history: The 41-year-old author and former journalist (pictured) is most renowned for the 2016 novel. She also wrote the sequel books to The Dry in the 2/43-44 Marine Parade block, which she purchased with her husband Peter Strachan in 2014

A part of literary history: The 41-year-old author and former journalist (pictured) is most renowned for the 2016 novel. She also wrote the sequel books to The Dry in the 2/43-44 Marine Parade block, which she purchased with her husband Peter Strachan in 2014

After her global success, Jane is now selling the comfy abode in St Kilda for $640,000 – 680,000.

The family moved to the suburb of Elwood in 2019 and have listed the apartment.

Jane admits she spent several nights writing from the unit’s balcony, which overlooks the beach. It’s also the same suburb the main character of her books, Detective Aaron Falk, is suppose to reside.

Snug: After her global success, Jane is now selling the comfy abode in St Kilda for $640,000 - 680,000

Snug: After her global success, Jane is now selling the comfy abode in St Kilda for $640,000 – 680,000

Life imitating art: Jane admits she spent several nights writing from the unit's balcony, which overlooks the beach. She also says it's in the same town the main character of her books, Detective Aaron Falk, is suppose to reside

Life imitating art: Jane admits she spent several nights writing from the unit’s balcony, which overlooks the beach. She also says it’s in the same town the main character of her books, Detective Aaron Falk, is suppose to reside

‘It’s been a big few years really and it’s funny because when I write my books I can remember the process so well,’ she says.

Jane continued, ‘Whenever I revisit The Dry I can specifically remember sitting in that apartment and thinking up character names and writing scenes.’

‘On nice days I used to sit out on the balcony with my laptop, over the water. That was my favourite writing spot,’ the author added. 

Fond memories: The author recalled that whenever she revisited The Dry she can specifically remember 'sitting in that apartment and thinking up character names and writing scenes'

Fond memories: The author recalled that whenever she revisited The Dry she can specifically remember ‘sitting in that apartment and thinking up character names and writing scenes’

Harper, who is working on her fifth novel set to be released in 2022, said she wrote The Dry in her spare time and on weekends with ‘no expectations’ for it.

The story follows Aaron Falk, a detective who returns to his rural home town to attend the funeral of a childhood friend and solve the death of a girl he knew.

The book was turned into a film starring Eric Bana as the title character. It soon became a huge success domestically, and won critical praise.

Belle Property St Kilda agent Will Johnson said fans of the book and househunters alike had a chance to buy a slice of ‘literary history.’

The property will go to auction on July 17.

Background: The Dry follows Aaron Falk, a detective who returns to his rural home town to attend the funeral of a childhood friend and solve the death of a girl he knew. It has spawned sequel books and a film

Background: The Dry follows Aaron Falk, a detective who returns to his rural home town to attend the funeral of a childhood friend and solve the death of a girl he knew. It has spawned sequel books and a film

A roaring success: The Dry was turned into a 2020 film starring Eric Bana (pictured) as the title character. It soon became a huge success domestically, and won critical praise

A roaring success: The Dry was turned into a 2020 film starring Eric Bana (pictured) as the title character. It soon became a huge success domestically, and won critical praise

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