About Jane

Dr Jane Gleeson-White is a writer passionate about literature, the natural world and economics. She is the author of SIX CAPITALS: The revolution capitalism has to have—or can accountants save the planet? SIX CAPITALS was shortlisted for the 800-CEO-READ’s best Finance and Economics Book published in North America in 2015.

It’s the sequel to her internationally acclaimed prize-winning DOUBLE ENTRY, a history of accounting from around 7,000 BC to the 2008 financial crash and the environmental crisis. At the heart of the story is the life of the remarkable Renaissance monk and mathematician Luca Pacioli, father of accounting and constant companion of Leonardo da Vinci. DOUBLE ENTRY won the 2012 Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards 2013, the Age Book of the Year 2012 and the Queensland Literary Awards 2012.

Jane’s previous two books are on literature: AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS and CLASSICS. She blogs about reading and writing books at bookishgirl.com.au.

Jane was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and worked in publishing in Australia and the UK for 15 years. She has edited fiction and non-fiction including Christos Tsiolkas’s internationally acclaimed prize-winning The Slap and Dead Europe, Luke Davies’ cult bestseller Candy and Meg Stewart’s prize-winning Far From a Still Life: Margaret Olley. From 2010 to 2012 Jane was the fiction editor of Overland magazine.

Her writing and reviews have appeared in Wired magazine, the Guardian, the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Overland, WellBeing and Good Reading Magazine. She blogs at bookishgirl.com.au. Jane is a sought after speaker about literature, economics and accounting, especially about the relationship between the economics and accounting and the natural world. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, which includes a dissertation on ecocriticism and the representation of ‘country’ in the novels of Alexis Wright and Kim Scott. She also has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons in English literature) from the University of Sydney.


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