Jane Tolerton is a Wellington writer. Having studied History and American Studies at the University of Canterbury, she became a newspaper reporter and magazine feature writer, winning the Dulux News Award and the Cowan Prize for Historical Journalism.
She and Nicholas Boyack set up the World War One Oral History Archive while based at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington in 1987. They interviewed 84 veterans and produced In the Shadow of War (1990). Tolerton's bestselling An Awfully Big Adventure: New Zealand World War One veterans tell their stories, is a chronological oral history of the war edited from the interviews. It was one of the New Zealand Listener's 100 Best Books of 2013.
Her other oral history books are Convent Girls (1984), Sixties Chicks (1987) and It's Time We Started Telling These Stories (2008), which was part of the It's Not Okay campaign against family violence.
Tolerton won a New Zealand Book Award and PEN Best First Book prize for Ettie: A Life of Ettie Rout (1992). She decided to write a shorter, more accessible version of Ettie Rout's safer sex campaign as part of the centennial commemoration of the First World War.