Jane Thynne

Jane Thynne (born 5 April 1961) is a British novelist, journalist and broadcaster.

Jane Thynne
Born (1961-04-05) 5 April 1961
OccupationNovelist, journalist, broadcaster
EducationBA, English Literature
Alma materSt Anne's College, Oxford
GenreHistorical fiction
SpousePhilip Kerr


Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela on 5 April 1961. She attended Lady Eleanor Holles School in London.[1] She read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, gaining a BA degree. She is married to fellow novelist Philip Kerr; the couple have three children.


Thynne has worked as a journalist for the BBC, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Independent, for which she was the radio critic from October 2008 to November 2011.[2] She has been a panellist on the BBC Radio 4 literary panel game The Write Stuff on many occasions.

Thynne was a member of the judging panel for the Oldie of the Year award in 2010, won by Joanna Lumley,[3] and in 2011, won by Barry Humphries.[4] She was also a judge for the Best Online Only Audio Drama award of the first BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2012, won by Tim Fountain for Rock.

Her first novel, Patrimony, was published in 1997. This was followed by The Shell House (1999), The Weighing of the Heart (2010) and Black Roses[5] (2013).


  • Thynne, Jane (1997). Patrimony. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-1-85702-656-6.
  • Thynne, Jane (1999). The Shell House. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-1-85702-902-4.
  • Thynne, Jane (2010). The Weighing of the Heart. Byline Books. ISBN 978-1-907560-00-2.
  • Thynne, Jane (2013). Black Roses. London: Simon & Schuster UK. ISBN 978-1-84983-983-9.
  • Thynne, Jane (2014). UK: The Winter Garden (USA: Woman in the Shadows). London: Simon & Schuster UK.
  • Thynne, Jane (2014). UK: A War of Flowers (USA: The Scent of Secrets). London: Simon & Schuster UK.
  • Thynne, Jane (2015). UK: Faith and Beauty (USA: The Pursuit of Pearls). Simon & Schuster UK.
  • Thynne, Jane (2016). UK: Solitaire (USA: ). Simon & Schuster UK.


  1. Biography at journalisted.com
  2. About Jane Thynne at Conville and Walsh literary agency
  3. Joanna Lumley wins Oldie award for Gurkha campaign at BBC News
  4. The Oldie of The Year Awards 2011 at The Oldie
  5. Nazi Women, a Woman's Hour discussion about Nazi women depicted in new novels by Jane Thynne and Meike Ziervogel
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