Jane is a writer, editor and speaker, and is well known for her work on literature, economics and the natural world. She is the author of the bestselling, internationally acclaimed Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world (2011) and its sequel Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have (2015). Her first two books are about literature: Classics (2005) and Australian Classics (2007).
Jane is a regular commentator on economics and sustainability, including for the Sundance Film Festival, United Nations and European Union. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Wired, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Meanjin, Overland, Wellbeing and Good Reading magazine. She is a former fiction editor of Overland literary journal and wrote a blog about books, bookishgirl.com.au, from 2010 to 2016. Jane has a PhD in creative writing, which included work on country in the novels of Alexis Wright and Kim Scott, and is currently working on a project about the emerging rights of nature movement in Australia.