James Boyce is an author and historian whose acclaimed books include Born Bad (2014), 1835 (2011) and Van Diemen’s Land (2008).
Van Diemen’s Land won the Tasmania Book Prize and the Colin Roderick Award and was shortlisted for the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards, as well as the Prime Minister’s Award. Tim Flannery described it as ‘a brilliant book and a must-read for anyone interested in how land shapes people’. 1835 won the Age Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. The Sunday Age described it as ‘a first-class piece of historical writing.
His most recent book is Losing Streak: How Tasmania Was Gamed by the Gaming Industry (2017)—a compelling investigation into the cost of the gambling industry in Tasmania to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families.
James also wrote the Tasmania chapter for First Australians, the companion book to the acclaimed SBS TV series. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he is an honorary research associate of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies.