About bookish girl

As its name suggests, this is a blog about books. My name is Jane Gleeson-White and I’ve published two books about books, the first—Classics—was published in 2005 by Random House. I let it go out of print in 2011 so I can blog it here, chapter by chapter, starting with Homer and ending with Salman Rushdie.

I’m also blogging here about all other bookish things. My special interests apart from the so-called ‘classics’ are French, Russian and American literature, mythology, physics, mathematics, economics and ecology, and Australian literature.

My second book is Australian Classics published in 2007 by Allen & Unwin and again in 2010 in paperback. It discusses 50 Australian writers from Rolf Boldrewood (‘Robbery Under Arms’, 1889) to Tim Winton.

My most recent book is 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 my 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 friend 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.

I was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and worked in publishing in Australia and the UK for 15 years. I’ve 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 I was the fiction editor of Overland magazine.

My writing and reviews have appeared in Wired magazine, the Guardian, the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, MeanjinOverlandWellBeing and Good Reading Magazine. I have 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. I also have a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons in English literature) from the University of Sydney.