Eliza Henry-Jones

Eliza Henry-Jones


Eliza Henry-Jones lives on a flower farm on Wurundjeri land in the Yarra Valley of Victoria, Australia. She is the author of In the Quiet (2015), Ache (2017) and the young adult novels P is for Pearl (2018) and How to Grow a Family Tree (2020). Her novels have been listed for awards including the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, QLD Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Indie Awards, ABIA Awards and CBCA Awards. Eliza has received residencies at Varuna, the National Writers’ House (NSW) the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre (WA), and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Ireland (courtesy of Varuna). Her short fiction, nonfiction and features have been widely published across magazines, newspapers and journals. Eliza has qualifications in psychology; alcohol and other drugs; and grief, loss and trauma counselling.

Brilliant, with such a good ending, it had me slapping the back cover closed with utmost satisfaction and respect. Hard recommend.

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rights and Devotion

‘An astonishingly rich and intricate exploration of loss, love, ambition and redemption set against a backdrop of local myth and ancient island history – not least the long shadow cast by the island’s notorious witch trials three centuries previously. As the island’s supernatural past bleeds ever more into its present, it builds to a furious and fitting climax. A thrilling read.’


Salt & Skin is a thematically complex, hauntingly written book, rooted in the physicality of the landscape and populated by carefully crafted characters having conflicted relationships in which boundaries are continually probed and transgressed – between friends, parent and child, biographer and subject and possibly even this world and the next. The effect is compelling, and quite magical.’

The Herald

‘I adored this novel. It’s both memorable and mesmerising.’

Irish Examiner


‘Let it cast its spell and you’ll be ensnared.’ Book of the Month

The Crack Magazine


‘A multi-layered, ambitious, and addictive novel, it weaves issues such as climate change, substance abuse and trauma with the ethereal.’



‘Henry-Jones blends past and present, reality and magic into a compelling story loud with warning voices for our time.’



‘[Eliza] has conjured a world that is hauntingly alive … an entrancing story of loss, redemption and love.’



‘With her dazzling prose Eliza Henry-Jones has created an astute portrait of a family on the edge and a community buckling under layers of history. Intense, tender and haunting.’


‘An eerily beautiful novel about the erosion of land and human trust.’


‘The creativity to take complex characters, a “dark” story and to end up with a novel that shines with human connections and hope is a gift. I highly recommend this novel.’

Good Reading Magazine