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Jane Johnson

UK flag (b.1960)

aka Jude Fisher, Gabriel King

Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and has worked in the book industry for 20 years, as a bookseller, publisher and writer.

She was responsible for publishing the works of J R R Tolkien during the 1980s and 1990s and worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, spending many months in New Zealand with cast and crew. Under the pseudonym of Jude Fisher she wrote three bestselling Visual Companions to the films. She has also written several books for children.

In 2005 she was in Morocco researching the story of a distant family member who was abducted from a Cornish church in 1625 by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in North Africa (which formed the basis for Crossed Bones / The Tenth Gift), when a near-fatal climbing incident caused her to rethink her future.

She returned home, gave up her office job in London, sold her flat and shipped the contents to Morocco. In October she married her own 'Berber pirate' and now they split their time between Cornwall and a village in the Anti-Atlas Mountains.

She still works, remotely, as Fiction Publishing Director for HarperCollins.

Genres: Historical, General Fiction
   1. Crossed Bones (2008)
     aka The Tenth Gift
   2. The Salt Road (2010)
   3. The Sultan's Wife (2012)
Jane Johnson recommends
The Last Garden in England (2021)
Julia Kelly
"The story-strands twine together like honeysuckle climbing up a trellis, sending out secrets and surprises all the way."
Love in a Time of War (2022)
(Three Fry Sisters, book 1)
Adrienne Chinn
"A truly epic read, spanning continents and momentous events, the different narratives braided to form a powerful rope of story of love found and love lost."
The Marsh House (2022)
Zoë Somerville
"Beautifully written, atmospheric as hell, and elegantly constructed, the story of The Marsh House will draw you into its grip and never let go till the final word."
The Long Road from Kandahar (2022)
Sara MacDonald
"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, and its focus on the themes of war and loss, love and friendship across cultures is both topical and timeless: a powerful story from a writer operating at the height of her powers."
Essex Dogs (2022)
(Essex Dogs Trilogy, book 1)
Dan Jones
"A new champion has entered the front line of historical fiction to stand shoulder to shoulder with Bernard Cornwell."
The Stolen Crown (2023)
Carol McGrath
"Carol McGrath excels."

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