Jacqueline Kent

Jacqueline Kent

Jacqueline Kent is a Sydney-based writer of biography and other non-fiction. Her memoir Beyond Words: A year with Kenneth Cook (UQP, 2019) was shortlisted for the 2020 National Biography Award. Her most recent book is Vida: A woman for our time (Penguin, 2020).

Jacqueline Kent reviews 'Faber & Faber: The untold history of a great publishing house' by Toby Faber

June–July 2019, no. 412 23 May 2019
Jacqueline Kent reviews 'Faber & Faber: The untold history of a great publishing house' by Toby Faber
The ‘untold history’ of Faber & Faber should be a cause for celebration. For so many of us, possessing the unadorned, severe paperbacks with the lower-case ‘ff’ on the spine meant graduation to serious reading: coming of literary age by absorbing the words and thoughts of Beckett, Eliot, Larkin, Stoppard, Hughes, Plath, Miłosz, Golding, Ishiguro, Heaney, Carey, Golding, Barnes – Dju ... (read more)

Jacqueline Kent reviews 'The Blackburns: Private lives, public ambition' by Carolyn Rasmussen

April 2019, no. 410 25 March 2019
Jacqueline Kent reviews 'The Blackburns: Private lives, public ambition' by Carolyn Rasmussen
If you were young and energetic and a believer in a range of progressive causes, Melbourne in the first three decades of the twentieth century was an exciting place. It was even better if you were in love. Doris Hordern and Maurice Blackburn, the joint subjects of Carolyn Rasmussen’s deeply researched and absorbing new biography, understood each other’s dedication to radical politics from the ... (read more)

Jacqueline Kent reviews 'The Stalking of Julia Gillard: How the media and Team Rudd contrived to bring down the Prime Minister' by Kerry-Anne Walsh

September 2013, no. 354 22 August 2013
Jacqueline Kent reviews 'The Stalking of Julia Gillard: How the media and Team Rudd contrived to bring down the Prime Minister' by Kerry-Anne Walsh
On 7 September 2010, seventeen days after the last federal election, the Australian Labor Party, led by Julia Gillard, just managed to crawl across the electoral line, thanks entirely to the support of independent MPs. In constitutional terms, the ALP had passed the only test needed to form government: a majority on the floor of the House of Representatives. But it soon became abundantly clear tha ... (read more)

Jacqueline Kent reviews 'Reg Grundy' by Reg Grundy

December 2010–January 2011, no. 327 01 December 2010
Jacqueline Kent reviews 'Reg Grundy' by Reg Grundy
‘All I ever wanted to do was to entertain,’ declares Reg Grundy. Like most such apparently simple statements, this needs a bit of unpacking, and that’s what Grundy does in his autobiography. Not quite a rags to riches story, it is the tale of a young man with a thorough knowledge of his market, a sharp eye for business opportunities, and consummate talent as a salesman, and of his journey to ... (read more)
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