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Jack Heath is the award-winning author of six action-packed books for young adults, which are popular in nine countries. He started writing The Lab when he was 13 and had a publishing contract for it at 18. The book has since been adapted into a screenplay.
Jack has appeared on Today Tonight, Pyramid, Sunrise, Stateline, The Shak, Kids WB, State Focus, The Jack Heath Chronicles and various other TV shows, as well as being featured in the Shanghai World Expo. He is also on the board of the ACT Writers Centre.
In the course of his research, Jack has gone scuba diving with sharks, traveled through Texas, Russia, and Cambodia, trained with firearms, toured prisons and interviewed guards, examined body parts at the morgue, read only books by women for a year, been a stunt driver, played bass in a rock band, been a street magician and listed every book he’s ever read.
Jack lives in the ACT with his wife, Venetia Major, and their dog, Caesar. Venetia is the leading provider of custom jewellery in Canberra. Jack’s brother, Tom Heath, is a respected actor and film critic.
- Young Adult Short Story of the Year, Aurealis Awards, 2013 (shortlisted)
- Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, 2012 (runner up)
- National Year of Reading “Our Story” Collection, 2012 (shortlisted)
- ACT Young Australian of the Year, 2009 (winner)
- Sci-Fi Book of the Year, Aurealis Awards, 2007 (shortlisted)
“The action thriller genre is often overlooked when it comes to YA literature… Jack Heath is almost single-handedly doing something to redress this imbalance.”
—Darren Hartwell, reviewing Hit List for The Book Zone
“Jack Heath has woven a thumping, pumping, tightly configured and deftly researched tale… (The missions) link together like chain mail in an astonishing plot-weave that works so well, you could peel it off the pages and slap it on a movie screen. Reading it is like watching an action blockbuster unfolding in your head. Heath writes with clear, detailed and dexterous descriptives, however, the plotline isn’t sidetracked or bogged down in the process – the author has a knack for combining a fast pace plotline and lots of action with a narrative that is colourful and totally immersing.”
–Tania McCartney, reviewing Third Transmission for Australian Women Online
“A narrowing spiral of perfectly-orchestrated scenes… It is, in other words, an enviable plot. And Heath doesn’t rest on it; he mixes in the most immediately dramatic writing he can muster.”
—Steve Donoghue, reviewing Money Run for Open Letters Monthly
“When I closed the covers, I was tingling all over… It’s not just the pow-pow-boom action — it’s the cunning minds on both sides, the subterfuge and secrets, the plans within plans.”
—Eden, reviewing Remote Control for Pass the Chiclets
“In this stunning debut, Jack Heath has given teen readers an adventure of a lifetime.”
—Deborah Takahashi, reviewing The Lab for Lady Kazumi