In January 2018 Jack Heath was the fourth bestselling fiction author in Australia. He has written twenty action-packed books for kids and one disturbing crime novel for adults. His novels have been translated into several languages and optioned for film and television.
Jack fell in love with reading in primary school, when an ear infection left him unable to do much else. In high school he was frustrated by the slow pace and lack of excitement in most teenage fiction, so he started writing his own novel. It was picked out of a slush pile and published while he was still a teenager, and it soon became an international success.
In the course of his research, Jack has toured morgues and prisons, performed as a street magician and travelled through eleven countries, including Russia. His enthusiastic presentations at schools and festivals have gotten thousands of kids hooked on reading. His previous day jobs—in which he met many interesting characters—include fry cook, music teacher, TV salesman, call centre worker and bookseller. He plays several musical instruments, and lives on the land of the Ngunnawal people in Gunghalin, Australia.
He’s a proud member of the ACT Writers Centre, the Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Australian Crime Writer’s Association, and an ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge. He is represented by Curtis Brown Australia, and does speaking engagements through Booked Out.
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