Jack Heath, photographed by Mel Hill in 2023


Jack Heath is the #1 bestselling author of 40 novels, published in 10 languages. His first crime thriller, Hangman, was voted one of the 100 best books of all time (twice). His mission is to create books that inspire a love of reading in children and adults.

Born in Melbourne in 1985, Jack started writing his first novel in Canberra, while studying at Lyneham High School and working at a fish and chip shop in Dickson. He submitted the manuscript to a publisher at age seventeen, and the book became his first international bestseller.

In 2009 Jack was named the ACT Young Australian of the Year. He took various other jobs—bass guitar tutor, call centre worker, TV salesperson, ghostwriter and bookseller—before quitting to write full-time in 2017.

Jack lives with his wife and their children in Gungahlin, on Ngunnawal/Ngambri land. He spends his time writing, reading, speaking at schools and mentoring emerging writers.

His newest novel is Spy Academy: The Peak.

Spy Academy: The Peak (autographed)