Jane Mackenzie

Jane is a best-selling author who lives in beautiful Plockton, in Wester Ross, though she also spends some time each year at her other home in French Catalonia. She speaks fluent French, much of which was learned in the bars of Aix-en-Provence, where she studied for a year during her degree studies.

For most of her life Jane has worked in education, teaching English and French in Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Papua New Guinea, and then coming closer to home to head up the International Department for James Watt College in Greenock.  Most recently she worked at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, where she was Head of the UK Government's Liaison Office. She left there in 2013 and now devotes most of her time to writing.

Jane came to the Highlands over thirty years ago with her late husband, Doug, a Plockton man whom she met while working in Bahrain. She fell completely in love with the village and its community, and has counted Plockton as home ever since, even when working overseas. Her two adult children have both chosen to make their lives in the village, her daughter nursing on Skye, her son running an international educational consultancy that Jane started in 2003.

Jane started writing seriously in 2006, and her Catalonia trilogy was born from her life in France and her fascination with the troubled history of the Catalan regions of France and Spain. Daughter of Catalonia was published in 2014, Autumn in Catalonia in 2015, and the final book in the trilogy, Mediterranean Summer, in May 2017. Jane’s passion is for the history of the twentieth century, and how the huge upheavals of the century impacted on the lives of ordinary people.

Her fourth book, Tapestry of War, was published in April 2018 by Allison and Busby. Tapestry of War is a sweeping novel set in Scotland and in Egypt during World War 2. It was inspired by the story of her late husband’s parents, who met in Alexandria in Egypt during the war. Jane wanted to explore the way the war threw people of different nationalities and classes together, opening up the world to men and women who had never previously been more than a few miles away from home. The Scottish part of the story begins on Islay and takes us to Argyll and the Clyde, where American, Polish and Free French troops all had their bases.

The book is dedicated to ‘the myriad people whose lives and endeavours threaded together, weaving victory into the tapestry of war.’

Jane's website is at http://janemackenzie.co.uk/

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