Jane Anstey

British Author



I write fiction under my maiden name, Jane Anstey, and educational and general books under my married name, Janey Fisher. 



The ‘day job’ involves various publishing activities, including copyediting, indexing and writing. You can see my professional profile on LinkedIn if you are a member. 



I belong to the Society of Authors and the Association of Christian Writers.

About Me

I was born in 1954 in London and have been migrating westwards (and now northwards) through the UK ever since. I moved to Surrey in 1961, to Oxfordshire in 1972 (including three years at Oxford University reading History), and in 1977 to Hampshire where I lived for 25 years, before moving to Cornwall. In 2021 I moved to Shropshire, where I hope to stay! I’ve been married to Martin Fisher, who is a retired trading standards officer, since 1977, and I have two daughters, Christina (born 1982 and now working in London) and Isobel (born 2001, currently finishing her Masters degree at Cardiff. ). We love pets and usually have at least one dog or cat and some guinea pigs in the household.

Published works

Beauty for Ashes (2007)

The lives of five friends become entangled in Hollywood actor Luke Carson’s search for happiness beyond the tragedy of his break-up from his English girlfriend. Read more…

St Martin’s Summer (2013)

A marriage in trouble, a violent death, the disappearance of a young boy… combine to rock the foundations of the quiet farming community of St Martin on the Hill. Read more…

You Owe Me Five Farthings (2014)

“It’s no good, Rose. I’ve tried, and I know I can’t go on––knowing all the time that you’re there. So near––and yet you’re not for me.” Read more…


Thirteen Forty-Nine (2021)

A Novel of the Black Death, set in a Hampshire village over the winter of 1348/49. Read more…


Mel and the Cornish Miners (2023)

Eleven-year-old Mel lives in a Victorian townhouse in a big city, where sometimes she seems to see the ghosts of those who lived there long ago. Read more…


Priest Hole (2024)

‘It was on the third day that the eerie wailing was heard.’
Spring 2020 finds Rev. Jeremy Swanson and his four children house-sitting for a friend in Cornwall. Read more…



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