Bookish girl, aka Jane Gleeson-White, is a writer passionate about literature and everything it encompasses, from love and war to physics and mathematics, poetry and prose, humans, cats, trees and the ocean. She’s in recovery from a bad economics and accounting habit.
She’s the author of two books about accounting and economics – SIX CAPITALS: The revolution capitalism has to have and 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.
She’s also the author of AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS and CLASSICS. Her writing and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Guardian, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Review of Books, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, WellBeing and Good Reading Magazine. From 2010 to 2012 Jane was the fiction editor of Overland magazine, and she wrote a book blog at bookishgirl.com.au from 2010 to 2016