Belfast-born Jane Harris was raised in Glasgow, but currently lives in London with her husband. A graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing course, she was writer-in-residence at Durham Prison before writing her début novel, The Observations. The historical novel set in 19th century central Scotland was subject to a bidding war between three publishers; Faber and Faber eventually won. The Observations was shortlisted for the 2006 Saltire Society Book of the Year awards.
Harris is also the writer of two Bafta-nominated short film scripts. Her second novel, Gillespie and I, was published by Faber in 2011.