Jane Gleeson-White

Author of Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have – or can accountants save the planet? published in November 2014 and Double EntryAustralian Classics and Classics. Jane blogs about books at bookishgirl.com.au.


What critics have said about Double Entry

Unknown-2Lively history … Shows double entry’s role in the creation of the accounting profession, and even of capitalism itself. The New Yorker

Entertaining and informative. The Economist

Elegantly written account … charts the epic journey of the humble device that showed how to count the cost of everything, from the Doge’s Palace to the acrobatics of John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory. Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Unknown-1Modern Economics

The complexities of accounting are lucidly presented … Double Entry provides an accessible introduction to this key development in the history of capitalism. Wall Street Journal

An exciting book about accounting. Before the snickers turn into full blown laughter, we will add that this work of non-fiction is also brilliantly written … The history lesson itself is worth the price of admission.
Stanley Goldstein, The New York Hedge Fund Round Table

A timely, topical, readable, and thought-provoking look at the history and legacy of double-entry bookkeeping. Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed

The book is the first primer to accounting history and its relevance to the modern world that I have ever seen … The messages it contains are clear and unambiguous and all accountants, practising or not, ought to note the tone of invocation for change. Jane Gleeson-White is to be congratulated for presenting us with clarity of appreciation of the issues facing mankind that accounting could do something about. Alan Sangster, Accounting History

Gleeson-White’s small but perfectly formed Double Entry was my unexpected pleasure of the year. Gideon Haigh, The Australian‘s Books of the Year


14 thoughts on “Jane Gleeson-White

  1. Hi Jane
    Great interview on Kim Hill. Thank you.
    I think we have the answers you seek. We’re promoting a system totally without money, trade or barter. Everything free and all work voluntary.
    It takes a bit of thinking to get ones head around. But it actually fixes everything.
    We’d love to know what you think anyway. You’re very close Jane.
    Very best regards
    Richard Osmaston

  2. Hi Jane,
    I recently won a copy of your Six Capitals book from CAANZ – enjoying immensely. Was just listening to your interview with Kim Hill and you mentioned looking at the influence of the Greeks on modern economic thought. A while back I read Tomas Sedlacek “Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street” which looks at the kind of thing I think you were referring to. If you haven’t read I would highly recommend. Keep up the great work!
    Clive McKegg

    • Thanks Mark. And thank you so much for including the links here, your multicapitalism is extremely interesting to me. I’m looking forward to following it up properly on the weekend. It seems we are definitely on the same page! Many thanks again. best wishes, Jane

      • Hi Jane. Just received your book and am loving it! One thing I think we should all bear in mind is that the IIRC’s Framework is not the panacea it often is made out to be. Indeed, it demonstrably deviates from the original framing of integrated reporting and was misappropriated, in my view, by the very forces it was supposed to counteract: unbridled shareholder primacy. I explain this insidious turn of events here:



      • Hi Mark – thank you so much for your comments about the IIRC’s framework and for the link to your excellent piece about integrated reporting and the IIRC. The distinction you make, between integrated reporting per se and its neutred version in the IIRC framework, is spot on and I’ll be taking it with me. You have put it more forcefully and succinctly than I had it in my mind, and I particularly like your observation that integrated reporting now has two faces – and the official one has let us down. Thanks again very much, I so appreciate your thinking. cheers, Jane

  3. Hi Jane, I heard about your book and your interview on Six Capitals through RN radio while driving. I also found out that you would in Perth for writer’s festival and was hoping to meet you there.

    I am happy to hear more about your work on this as I have published a thesis and papers on how to use this model sustainability assessment after developing the model as part of my PhD in 2007. Now you can also see Integrated Reporting by Association of Chartered Accountants also use this form of framework for reporting business values which is great.

    All the best for your future writing and PhD.

    Biji Kurup, bijirkurup@gmail.com

  4. Dear Jane, have you at any stage tried to address the evolving challenges of accounting (as in Six Capitals) in combination with the seemingly much slower moving pressure to make the Balance of Payments data of the different countries to live up to the illusion they offer of double entry book keeping? Best, Alex

    • Hi Alex – yes, I have, and my book Six Capitals has a substantial chapter on this very subject, called ‘Beyond GDP: the ‘new’ wealth of nations’. I also discussed the problems with GDP accounting at some length in my previous book, ‘Double Entry’. I see the accounting problems of nations and corporations as confluent. All best wishes, Jane

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